Preview: Louisville City 2018, Round One

At long last, it is here. The regular season doesn’t start with a breather, as NSC travels to defending champion Louisville City FC to open its USL account. The essentials Opponent: Louisville City FC (62 points from 32 matches (18-8-6) USL East, USL Champions) The Line: I will invent lines since there isn’t betting on USL as far as I can find (if you know a … Continue reading Preview: Louisville City 2018, Round One

Nashville soccer 102: What is Gary Smith’s 5-3-2

This is part two of an ongoing series helping Nashville SC fans understand the game – and specifically how the Boys in Gold are set up to attack it. In this edition: the team’s apparent base formation. When last we spoke about some of the more basic soccer concepts (to share with friends who are ew to the game, or to educate ourselves), it was … Continue reading Nashville soccer 102: What is Gary Smith’s 5-3-2

Just how settled is Nashville SC’s starting lineup?

We saw the first starting lineup in Nashville SC’s history Saturday afternoon, and it came with a few surprises. There was also heavy rotation (including a wholesale line change at the half), so what should we expect going forward? More importantly, what will the first-team eleven look like? The base assumption here is that the primary formation we’ll see out of NSC this year is the … Continue reading Just how settled is Nashville SC’s starting lineup?

Possible lineups for the Atlanta United friendly

I’ll have much more preview material in the coming days, but here’s a potential Atlanta United v. Nashville SC lineup comparison for Saturday: My Atlanta United takes (including the 4-3-3 formation and the deployment of the players within it) are largely based on my chat with Dirty South Soccer’s Haris Kruskic the other day. NSC takes based on personal observation as well as a little sleuthing. … Continue reading Possible lineups for the Atlanta United friendly

Roster complete, a potential Nashville SC lineup

Now that Nashville SC’s roster has its full complement of players, let’s take another run at a lineup for the team. This is semi-hastily thrown together, I’ll admit – Shroot seems more like a 60th minute sub to go out and get a goal, for example. I’m trying to start some conversation here now that we know who the players will be (even if we … Continue reading Roster complete, a potential Nashville SC lineup

Pitch Points has projected lineups

There are enough players to make a team. The official USL website hazards a lineup with the current NSC signings. I make it into graphics: I’d been planning to do a little of the same sort of exercise, but frankly I didn’t (and don’t) see a way all the players they had before this morning fill out a lineup. I sort of cheated by waiting to … Continue reading Pitch Points has projected lineups