After 450 days, the Nashville noise returns to Nissan Stadium in full.
Nashville SC takes on Austin FC this Sunday night at 8 p.m. CT, pres. by Jackson. It will be the club’s first match in front of a near capacity crowd since Nashville’s Major League Soccer debut on Feb. 29, 2020. Tickets are available here.
The match comes as Nashville SC rides a five-match unbeaten streak to start the season, and the Boys in Gold will be looking for their second win of 2021 at home. They’ll look to do so against an Austin FC side playing in its sixth-ever match as an MLS club.
Here’s everything you need to know about Sunday’s match.
Date: Sunday, May 23
Time: 8 p.m. CT
Location: Nissan Stadium
Tickets: Click Here
TV: FS1, Fox Deportes
English Radio: ESPN 94.9
Spanish Radio: El Jefe
Everyone Back N - For the first time since the inaugural MLS home opener against Atlanta United FC, Nissan Stadium will be at near full capacity against Austin FC.
Defender Daniel Lovitz said the return of the crowd will be a large factor in Sunday’s match.
“I think the crowd being there to provide the energy that we saw briefly at the start of last year, obviously, will be a huge, huge thing for us,” Lovitz said.
Five Straight Unbeaten - The Boys in Gold are coming into the match against Austin FC on a five-game unbeaten streak and one of three undefeated teams in MLS. In the last home game, Nashville picked up its first win of the season, defeating the New England Revolution 2-0 on May 8.
Goalkeeper Joe Willis recorded his third consecutive shutout of the season last weekend against Real Salt Lake, adding a career-breaking record to his book.
Head coach Gary Smith said the team is playing well at home and will be looking to continue that form against Austin FC.
“Our home form has been very, very good to this point. The guys have been able to balance the qualities of creation and making life difficult for other teams,” Smith said. “We've given ourselves a really good platform to work from, but we face an exciting and dangerous Austin team and we certainly won't be taking that lightly.”
Howdy, Austin - Nashville SC will face MLS expansion side Austin FC for the first time in club history. The match will be the only meeting between the two sides in the regular season and Nashville’s final Western Conference opponent of the regular season.
Austin is currently on a two-match losing streak. Despite those results, Smith said Austin has built a dangerous team that is a threat in the attack in just its first season in the league.
“I would say this Austin team has created quite a nice identity already in the way that they play,” Smith said. “The energy, the enthusiasm and of course, the technical quality that they have throughout the group has given them a bit of a shape and a picture already.”
It’s time to get Everyone Back N for Sunday’s matchup against Austin FC at 8 p.m. at Nissan Stadium, pres. by Jackson.