A month-long quest for the first trophy in Club history leads to the Leagues Cup final against Inter Miami at GEODIS Park on Saturday at 8 p.m. CT.
Nashville SC’s journey to the final began on July 23 with a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids. After faltering against Liga MX side Toluca FC 3-4 in the group stage, the Boys in Gold defeated FC Cincinnati and Club América in consecutive penalty kick shootouts. Nashville SC then went on to clatter Minnesota United 5-0 before defeating Monterrey 2-0 in the semifinal, the first time a Major League Soccer team has knocked out Monterrey in any competition.
Now the Boys in Gold have a chance to win the first trophy in Club history.
Date: Saturday, Aug. 19
Time: 8:00 p.m. CT
Location: GEODIS Park (Nashville, Tenn.)
Eyes on the Prize – As Nashville SC prepares to host and compete in the club’s first ever final, Reigning MLS MVP Hany Mukhtar has been waiting for the chance to lift a trophy for the club.
“The real thing you want to achieve is to win something,” Mukhtar said. “It’s a new tournament, it was very good to us, we had a lot of exciting and good games here at GEODIS Park, and in the end, we want to win it tomorrow. It’s in front of our own fans, for the club it would be a huge success. We are very excited.”
First time finalists – Every professional soccer player strives to play in finals and compete for trophies. The very nature of competition means that not every player will make it to that point, but Nashville SC’s squad boasts players who have competed in the type of environment that each Boy in Gold will be in tomorrow.
“I think everything is about confidence, trying to give the confidence, trying to believe in all the work [we’ve] done in the past couple games,” said midfielder Aníbal Godoy. “We don’t need to change too much in the way we play … We don’t need to change too much, because if we start to think too much in individual players like [Leo] Messi, [Sergio] Busquets, or Jordi Alba, or all the players we have, we can [get] in trouble, because it’s difficult to change [how we play] so fast.”