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Saturday night. GEODIS Park. National Television.  

What more could you ask for?  

Nashville SC (5W-4L-3D, 18 pts.) hosts Southeastern rivals Atlanta United (4W-4L-3D, 15 pts.) in a Saturday night clash on FOX at GEODIS Park.  

The Boys in Gold enter this match on a three-match winning streak at GEODIS Park across all competitions, including last week’s 3-2 extra time victory over Atlanta in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Nashville is coming off a 2-1 win over then-Eastern Conference leaders CF Montréal on Wednesday night at GEODIS Park. The team hasn’t lost at home in over 560 days.  

With a national TV audience and a Southeastern rival in town, GEODIS Park is sure to be rocking. Don't miss the Opening Act in the North Plaza before the match, as well as the National Anthem by 15-time Grammy Award-winning vocalist CeCe Winans and a halftime concert by Lindsay Ell. 

Here’s everything you need to know about Saturday’s matchup:  

Date: Saturday, May 21 
Time: 6:30 p.m. CT  
Location: GEODIS Park (Nashville, Tenn.)  
TV: FOX, FOX Deportes 
English Radio: iHeartRadio Online, Nashville SC App, SiriusXM Channel 157  
Spanish Radio: El Jefe 96.7 FM  
Tickets  
A-Z Matchday Guide  
GEODIS Park Policies  
Parking and Transportation Info  
Matchday Lineup  

Back on Track – Nashville SC rebounded from a road loss last weekend with a mid-week victory over CF Montréal. Midfielder Alex Muyl scored a beautiful curling shot in the first half to give Nashville the lead, then midfielder Hany Mukhtar added to the advantage on a feed in front from forward CJ Sapong in the 51’ minute. 

Head Coach Gary Smith said his team responded appropriately to the road defeat and put together a strong performance on Wednesday night.  

“The guys turned the page on the weekend,” Smith said. “They were able to put forth a very positive and upbeat performance together for a good part of that game. They’re all important, but after [being] defeated over the weekend, it felt like this game was far more important than most of them to try and get back on track. I’m delighted we’ve been able to.” 

GEODIS Fortress – Nashville SC fans have created an intimidating atmosphere at GEODIS Park in just a handful of matches. The team hasn’t lost in four matches at the stadium, including last week’s U.S. Open Cup win over Atlanta.  

The players and staff have taken note, feeding off the energy that the crowd brings.  

Smith says his team knows how to take full control of Nashville’s unique home field advantage.  

“They’re going to be the ones that work the very most and squeeze the most out of this environment,” Smith said. “If they can get on top, they start to feel that synergy with the crowd. Each crowd and group have a very different connection, and I think the fans here have got not just a good relationship with the players, but they understand some of the dynamics of the group, the team, and certainly the individuals.” 

Familiar Foes – This will be Nashville’s second matchup against Atlanta in the last two weeks. On May 11, the Boys in Gold rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat Atlanta United 3-2 in extra time at GEODIS Park. Forward Ethan Zubak scored the match-winner in the early minutes of stoppage time. 

Since that match, Atlanta has secured a 2-2 draw against New England Revolution at home last Sunday. Atlanta did not play a mid-week match. Forward Ronaldo Cisneros leads the side in goals with four.  

Saturday’s matchup will be the only one in league play between the two sides this season. All-time, Nashville SC has a 3W-2L-2D record against Atlanta across all competitions. Nashville is now undefeated against Atlanta since Sept. 12, 2020, (3W-0L-2D), scoring two or more goals in each match with a goal-differential of plus 7.

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