NASHVILLE – Last time Nashville SC took the field at Nissan Stadium, a new team in its second competitive match played a scoreless slog against a Pittsburgh Riverhounds team that was coming off a weak season. The result was the same this evening against FC Cincinnati, but the fans’ feelings will be much different after this 0-0 result.
For starters, the opposition was an FC Cincinnati team that is four points clear at the top of the USL’s Eastern Conference standings (and it must be noted that the team in second is those very Riverhounds, who have proven to be far better than preseason expectations). In addition, the Boys in Gold had a multitude of chances to take a result, but were an inch over the bar here, off the post there, or a missed penalty call away from changing the game.
That doesn’t mean the game was wire-to-wire domination by any stretch. While FC Cincinnati struggled to get anything going offensively for the better part of 85 minutes, they had a number of chances in the final five minutes to steal a road result from one of their competitors for the Eastern Conference crown. Fortunately, keeper Matt Pickens stood tall, making important saves on attempts from substitutes Emery Welshman and Russell Cicerone to preserve the clean sheet.
Nashville launched 20 shots – three of them on-target, all in the first half – to just 12 for for FC Cincinnati (whose two shots on goal both came after the break). With probably 10 of Nashville’s other attempts within a few inches of finding the frame (including a post and a crossbar hit), the run of play was comfortably in favor of Nashville.
The two sides will have to determine between themselves in two subsequent meetings – Aug. 4 in the Queen City and the season finale back in Nashville Oct. 13 – which of them is the more powerful of the two sides as both are headed to Major League Soccer within the next couple years.
Nashville will try to get back on the winning side of the ledger with a midweek trip to Charlotte Independence. The Boys in Gold took home a 2-0 result in Nashville back in early April.
- 15′ NSH Yellow card – 10 Lebo Moloto (foul)
- 17′ CIN Yellow card – 21 Dekel Keinan (foul)
- 45’+1 Half time
- 53′ NSH Substitution – On 28 London Woodberry, off 22 Bradley Bourgeois (injury)
- 72′ NSH Substitution – On 23 Taylor Washington, off 10 Alan Winn
- 72′ CIN Substitution – On 20 Jimmy McLaughlin, off 45 Emmanuel Ledesma
- 77′ CIN Substitution – On 10 Emery Welshman, off 11 Danni Konig
- 79′ NSH Substitution – On 11 Ish Jome, off 20 Matt LaGrassa
- 81′ CIN Substitution – On 7 Russell Cicerone, off 19 Corben Bone
- 90’+2 – Full time