On Friday night, it’s win or go home.
Nashville SC is headed to Ohio for a Leagues Cup Round of 32 match against conference rival FC Cincinnati.
The Boys in Gold finished second in their group, Central 4, after a 2-1 win over Colorado Rapids and a 4-3 loss to Toluca at GEODIS Park on July 23 and July 27, respectively, and as a result travels to Cincinnati who topped its group, Central 3. This will be the third meeting between the two sides this year, with Cincinnati improving its record against Nashville from 0W-2D-2L to a 2W-2D-2L all-time.
Date: Friday, August 4
Time: 7:00 p.m. CT
Location: TQL Stadium (Cincinnati, OH.)
Watch Party: Black Abbey Taproom. 2952 Sidco Drive
N It to Win It – Nashville SC midfielder Sean Davis stressed the importance of Leagues Cup ahead of Friday’s Round of 32 Match. The Boys in Gold are coming off an explosive match last Thursday against Deportivo Toluca F.C. of Liga MX.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for our group. I think it’s a plus that we’ve been able to get out of the group stage. But of course, we want to make a deep run in this tournament and win this tournament. And in order to do so you’re going to have to face some strong teams and Cincinnati’s had a great year,” Davis said. “Coming out of the Toluca game, I think it was a fun game for neutrals but there’s a lot that we looked at that we can clean up, and so there’s no better way to test yourself than against a team like Cincinnati especially this year so again just a hug opportunity for us to get a result and continue to move on in this tournament.”
One Moment, Surr – Nashville’s newest Designated Player Sam Surridge has joined the first team in training. Head Coach Gary Smith gave an update on the striker’s availability.
“His paperwork’s clear. I do believe that his ITC (International Transfer Certificate) is through. He had his first training session with the group yesterday and looked very bright,” Smith said. “At this point I’m not planning on including him due to his lack of football and training sessions and his relationship with the players. More importantly not putting him at too much risk and we’ll see how this game goes on Friday, but I would think from probably Saturday onwards we’re going to see an awful lot more work with Sam and I look forward to having him in the group and affecting the group an awful lot more.”