NASHVILLE – Things aren’t quite going according to plan for Nashville SC, with the Charlotte Independence nicking an early goal against the run of play, but the Boys in gold enter the halftime break having drawn level. It’s a goal apiece from First Tennessee Park.
Nashville poured on pressure early, and has built a sizable 11-4 advantage in shots taken, but MLS veteran Dominic Oduro tallied on the counter for the Independence to open the scoring. The 33-year old got in behind Nashville’s defensive midfield following a nice feed by midfielder Enzo Martinez (and a miscommunication between Nashville’s Ken Tribbett and Michael Reed, with both stepping up to Martinez and being bypassed) in the 15th minute.
It wouldn’t take long for Nashville to respond, though. An onslaught of offense finally paid off when strikes from Alan Winn and Kharlton Belmar were both parried by keeper Curtis Anderson, but Lebo Moloto was on the goalmouth (and in an offside position, to be fair – Nashville won’t be regretting a lack of VAR this evening) to poke it home and bring the hosts back even.
If Nashville can turn opportunities into production in the second half, the level of dominance from the first half can turn this game into a blowout. If that doesn’t happen – or if Charlotte is able to rebound from a half in which they were out-possessed 66.3-33.7% – this one may remain competitive until the end.
- 15′ CLT GOAL – 7 Dominic Oduro (right-footed), assisted by 19 Enzo Martinez (throughball)
- 23′ NSH GOAL – 10 Lebo Moloto (right footed, rebound)
- 45’+1 – Half time