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Nashville SC rootin’ guide: Oct. 17-19, 2020

The Boys in Gold are idle until Tuesday, but there’s plenty of MLS action this weekend. What results are best for NSC’s chances to first make the playoffs, and then finish seeded as highly as possible?

Sporting KC > Chicago Fire
Saturday, 2:30 p.m CDT – Chicago

Losing to SKC would make it tough for the Fire to catch Nashville, and as an added bonus, the farther they are from the playoff line come a Halloween trip to the Music City, the more likely NSC will have a… compliant opponent.

Inter Miami = Montreal Impact
OR Inter Miami > Montreal Impact
Saturday, 6:00 p.m. CDT – Montreal

Montreal is in competition with Nashville right in the middle of the table, whereas Inter Miami is just outside the picture for now. Either result sees one of the teams match Nashville on 21 points (though having played two more games), while a draw means they share fewer points (and neither picks up a win, which is the first tiebreaker should Nashville end up on the same number of points as either).

Columbus Crew > New York City FC
Sunday, 5:00 p.m. CDT – Columbus

Nashville has basically no chance of catching Columbus in the table, even with near-ideal results the rest of the way. Meanwhile, NYCFC is six points ahead of Nashville – and a loss would make it two games in hand for NSC.

Orlando City SC > New York Red Bulls
Sunday, 6:00 p.m. CDT – Harrison, N.J.

This is a near-identical situation to the above: Nashville SC almost certainly won’t catch Orlando, but the Red Bulls are tantalizingly within range. If the Red Bulls lose, NSC will be just three points behind with two games in-hand.

FC Cincinnati = DC United
OR DC United > FC Cincinnati
Sunday, 6:30 p.m. CDT – Cincinnati

The bottom two teams in the East sharing just two points, rather than three going to the winner, separates them from the pack sooner. A DC win would also work, as it wouldn’t even let United reach FCC’s point total (but makes the end-of-season math take longer to settle out).

Toronto FC > Atlanta United
Sunday, 6:30 p.m. CDT – Hartford, Conn.

The sooner TFC cements itself at the top of the East (not so far off), the simpler that end-of-year math becomes, and keeping Atlanta out of striking range of Nashville would be nice, too.

Philadelphia Union > New England Revolution
Monday, 6:30 p.m. CDT – Foxboro, Mass.

Philadelphia is going to finish ahead of Nashville. If New England loses, Nashville will be seven points behind the Revs with two games in-hand. A win over FC Dallas on Tuesday would set up a six-pointer against New England in Nissan Stadium Friday.

Header photo by Tim Sullivan/For Club and Country

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