Pitch Points: Pulisic plays

Because “alliteration” and “getting hits because people google Christian Pulisic‘s name a lot” are two of my favorite things. As always, hit the comment section, Twitter, Facebook, or e-mail if you have something you wan t me to share in one of these posts. National team talk. Been a while since an extended section on the national team. Here we go. Christian Pulisic will be with … Continue reading Pitch Points: Pulisic plays

Statement from participants in the Summit for American Soccer

As promised (OK, a little later than expected), the joint statement from the Summit for American Soccer participants:  Upon the conclusion of the first annual Summit for American Soccer in Chattanooga, Tennessee on March 10, 2018, participants agreed to release the following joint statement. These are principles that our clubs believe are essential to the success of soccer in America: We strive to give players … Continue reading Statement from participants in the Summit for American Soccer

The Summit for American Soccer

Yes, with the NSC regular season just a couple days away, I’ve been focused more on the micro lately. A step back to the macro and a look at the weekend’s Summit for American Soccer hosted by Chattanooga FC. Regular readers know my passion for the health of the game at all levels. It likely pales in comparison to every one of these folks. While … Continue reading The Summit for American Soccer

From the film room: Chattanooga nearly breaks through

Nashville SC’s win over former rival Chattanooga FC Saturday evening turned out to be  comfortable affair, but that doesn’t mean the Boys in Gold were perfect. On the contrary, there were a few minutes near the beginning of each half when they looked vulnerable indeed. Let’s look at one that occurred in the 58th minute (not long before Chattanooga actually did end up finding the back … Continue reading From the film room: Chattanooga nearly breaks through

Breakdown: Nashville SC 3-1 Chattanooga FC

After a review of the game broadcast, some more-informed impressions of the performances on the day: Tactics In the first half, Nashville SC was in its standard 5-3-2, with the wingbacks pushing pretty high up the field. The difference was in the midfield, where the typical two holding midfielders and an attacking midfielder looked more like one holding midfielder, one attacking midfielder (who, since it … Continue reading Breakdown: Nashville SC 3-1 Chattanooga FC

Nashville heads to Chattanooga, returns with a 3-1 win

For the first ten-plus minutes of Nashville SC’s derby game against Chattanooga FC, it looked like their NPSL opposition may be able to spring the upset. Chattanooga smashed a shot against the crossbar barely more than a minute into the game, earned a free kick in a dangerous position just minutes later, and had consistent pressure (including a pair of solid crosses left wanting) on … Continue reading Nashville heads to Chattanooga, returns with a 3-1 win

Preview: Chattanooga FC friendly 2018

Nashville SC and Chattanooga FC are natural rivals, but the travels throughout the US league system will keep them apart for the time being after Nashville SC (then FC) left the NPSL following the 2016 season. However, they’ll face each other in a friendly this evening in Scenic City. The Essentials Opponent: Chattanooga FC (6-2-4 NPSL Southeastern conference, Third place) The Line: No line, this is … Continue reading Preview: Chattanooga FC friendly 2018