NASHVILLE – It was a return to the old stomping grounds for Nashville SC, and things couldn’t be sweeter in Vanderbilt Football Stadium’s Dudley Field thus far. Nashville attacked the MLS Colorado Rapids early and often in the first half, and was finally rewarded in the 39th minutes when defender Justin Davis’s lefty cross was deflected into Colorado’s net by Rapid Michael Azira.
Nashville had plenty more opportunities than the Rapids – albeit with problems making the scoring connection in the final third – and the 1-0 scoreline is deserves despite the fact that the Rapids’ chances may have been better.
Davis is an easy first-half man of the match, with his “assist” on the own goal augmented by clearing a shot off his own line defensively.
If the Boys in Gold can keep the pressure through the second 45, they may be booking their ticket to the US Open Cup’s fifth round by the end of the evening. Through their first-ever half of competitive play against an MLS side, they don’t look out of place at all. Perhaps a nice cup run could help set the stage for a smooth transition to the league come 2020.
- 39′ COL OWN GOAL – 22 Michael Azira (NSH 2 Justin Davis “assist” on a cross)
- 45’+2 – Half-time.