Mistakes, depleted lineup doom Nashville SC in Canada

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Alan Winn’s missed penalty was a tough pill to swallow. Ryan Lassan/For Club and Country

Through about 81 minutes in Ottawa Saturday evening, the proceedings were unfolding perhaps not in an ideal fashion for Nashville SC, but certainly in such way that fans would deem the result acceptable.

The Boys in Gold created the majority of the realistic scoring chances, and following an Ottawa handball in the box, had a penalty opportunity to finally earn the lead – and likely take all three points back to Nashville. From there, things didn’t go as planned. Forwards Alan Winn and Brandon Allen couldn’t agree over who would take the strike, and though Winn won the argument, he lost the war by hitting the crossbar. The ball stayed out, and the game remained level.

Ottawa would draw first blood a minute into stoppage time when Tony Taylor received a pull-back pass on the left edge of the six-yard box and blasted it past Matt Pickens.

Insult was added to injury when, after a red card to NSC’s London Woodberry for a second yellow card put Nashville a man down to close the match, Kévin Oliveira stole a ball from midfielder Matt LaGrassa and launched from the top of the box to give the Fury a comfortable victory.

There was plenty of injury in a literal sense, as well. Defender Bradley Bourgeois and midfielder Michael Reed both left the contest after taking knocks, and with Tucker Hume having replaced Taylor Washington earlier in the contest, Nashville didn’t have any subs remaining to make when Pickens suffered a back injury. Fortunately, the veteran keeper was able to continue, but it wasn’t his day (or at least final several minutes).

The loss continues a bit of a slide for Nashville, which now stands 1-3-1 in its last five games (and were on a 4-0-4 unbeaten run in league play prior to that). More level heads have prevailed after a re-watch – on the road, with starters Bolu Akinyode and Ropapa Mensah unavailable due to travel complications, Lebo Moloto an unused substitute, multiple injuries to starters, and of course the red card – but that simply means it’s a bad result, rather than a terrible one.

The team has its next opportunity to round back into form Wednesday evening, with a second visit in a month from Atlanta United 2. The Baby Five Stripes are second-bottom in the USL East, and Nashville defeated them 3-0 last time they visited First Tennessee Park. After that, a trip to Toronto for a Saturday match against Toronto FC II should definitively end the slide – or point out that it’s much more serious.

Starting lineups

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Match events

  • 45’+1 Half time.
  • 57′ NSH Yellow card – 20 Matt LaGrassa (foul)
  • 60′ NSH Substitution – On 12 Tucker Hume, off 23 Taylor Washington
  • 64′ NSH Yellow Card – 28 London Woodberry (foul)
  • 67′ OTT Substitution – On 30 Adonijah Reid, off 11 Daniel Haber
  • 70′ NSH Substitution – On 7 Ryan James, off 17 Michael Reed
  • 74′ OTT Substitution – On 5 Chris Mannella, off 22 Jamar Dixon
  • 79′ NSH Substitution – On 27 Kosuke Kimura, off 22 Bradley Bourgeois
  • 83′ OTT Substitution – On 24 Jimmy-Shammar Sanon, off 8 Steevan Dos Santos
  • 90’+1 OTT GOAL – 9 Tony Taylor (left foot), assist to 24 Jimmy-Shammar Sanon
  • 90’+4 NSH RED CARD – 28 London Woodberry (second yellow, foul)
  • 90’+6 OTT GOAL – Kévin Oliveira (left foot), assist to 24 Jimmy-Shammar Sanon
  • 90’+6 Full time.

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