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Nashville SC Looks for a Measure of Revenge: Game Preview

By Nashville SC, 05/10/18, 10:45AM EDT

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Kickoff at First Tennessee Park at 5 p.m. on Sunday for rematch with Louisville City FC

NASHVILLE – When the ball is kicked at First Tennessee Park on Sunday at 5 p.m. it will have been 860 hours since the final whistle from Nashville SC’s last home game, a 2-0 win on April 7 against Charlotte Independence. In the 36 days between home games, Nashville has played three on the road, a loss and two draws, while looking forward to being back in front of the home fans.

The prize for a trip home is a second date with the defending USL Cup champions Louisville City FC. In the season opener at Louisville, Nashville got a taste of why Louisville took home the hardware last year, as the reigning champs sent Nashville home with a 2-0 defeat. On a well-maintained field and with a full crowd, Nashville will look for some revenge from the season opening loss.

Louisville Breakdown

Louisville has been rock solid all year, but suffered its first defeat of the season last weekend at Indy Eleven. The loss broke a streak of 13 straight games without a loss dating back to last year. One of the reasons for Louisville’s success this season is in its defense. The champs have only allowed just four goals in seven games this season and haven’t allowed more than one in any game.

Louisville has been vulnerable away from home. While LouCity is 4-0-0 at home, it is 1-1-1 on the road, including last week’s loss. Also, Louisville has averaged less than a goal scored a game offensively away from Slugger Field, while scoring two a game at home. Nashville needs to take advantage of playing in the familiar First Tennessee Park against a team as experienced as Louisville.

Nashville Narratives

Nashville SC has proven it can score at First Tennessee Park, and goals will be necessary to get three more home points. Forward Ropapa Mensah has scored Nashville’s last three goals and was a force in the club’s last game against New York Red Bulls II. He scored the lone goal in the 1-1 draw, but a second goal – scored off a bicycle kick – was disallowed for offside. He also had two other shots on net saved. He is capable enough to carry Nashville offensively.

While Ropapa was good last weekend, the whole Nashville SC offense looked cohesive, peppering the New York net with nine second half shots. It was an exciting stretch of football, and proves that chemistry is being built amongst the new side.

Game Promotions

With the game being played on Mother’s Day, all mothers who attend the game will receive a flower courtesy of Kroger, the official grocery store of Nashville SC. Mothers will be recognized during the game, and all fans can take advantage of a ticket special in honor of moms. To purchase tickets to the game, fans can visit this website and use code “MOM18” to receive preferred pricing.

During pregame warmups, Nashville SC will wear Project 615’s “Spread Love” shirts to honor all those affected by the Waffle House shooting in Nashville three weeks ago. Created in the wake of the tragedy, 100% of the proceeds of sales the shirt will go to those affected. To purchase your “Spread Love” shirt visit Project615.org.

New Season Ticket Option

Nashville SC is offering fans an affordable season ticket to premier soccer events in Nashville. At just $13 dollars a game for the rest of the season, this Standing Room Only season ticket gives fans the freedom to see the game from all angles of First Tennessee Park. You can bring a blanket and sit of the berm or bring a friend and hang at the Band Box. The options are endless with this great deal Call a ticket rep at (615) 457-8200 to purchase your SRO season tickets today.

Following Nashville

The game on Sunday will be broadcast on MyTV30 at 5 p.m. An English radio broadcast will air on ESPN Radio 94.9 Game2 and a Spanish broadcast can be heard on 96.7 El Jefe. Also follow on social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.