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Top Two Defenses Meet in Steel City on Wednesday Night

By Nashville SC, 05/29/18, 5:15PM EDT


Nashville SC looking to hand Riverhounds first loss of season

NASHVILLE – Riding a six-game unbeaten streak, Nashville SC will continue their two-game road stint as they battle Eastern Conference heavyweights, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, Wednesday night at 6 p.m. CT. Nashville will try to snap the Riverhounds unbeaten season in league action.

The match will mark the second meeting between the two clubs this regular season. The Riverhounds traveled to Nashville for a match on March 24th when the squad’s played to a nil-nil draw at Nissan Stadium. The result was a microcosm of the season for both teams as the teams are the top two defenses in the league. Pittsburgh has allowed a paltry five goals while Nashville has allowed just six. 

Pittsburgh Breakdown

The Riverhounds have a nearly impenetrable defense, allowing just the five goals in USL play, the best mark in all of the league. In addition, the Riverhounds have also posted a league-best seven clean sheets. Pittsburgh has not conceded a goal on their home pitch in a league match this season en route to their best start in club history.  

Despite a stout defense, the Riverhounds have struggled offensively as of late. The club has been shutout three times this season at Highmark Stadium, including their last two home games against Indy Eleven and Penn FC. The club has played a rigorous schedule recently, as Wednesday’s game will mark the fifth game in 14 days.

Nashville Narratives

Nashville SC continues a long road stretch in USL play with their match against Pittsburgh. The game will mark the seventh road game in the first 10 USL games for Nashville. In its first six USL road games, Nashville has picked up just one road win, but have earned results in four of the six matches. Nashville will also rely heavily on its defense and goalkeeper Matt Pickens who has recorded five clean sheets for Nashville, sitting atop the conference among keepers. The club has scored four goals in USL play this month as they try to catch the top of the Eastern Conference.

Nashville’s Lebo Moloto and Taylor Washington are no strangers to the Riverhounds. Moloto spent the 2015-2016 seasons on the Pittsburgh roster. He tallied seven goals and eight assists for the club during his stint. Washington played on the Riverhounds backline last season, making 29 appearances in black and gold.

Watching the East

Nashville earned a valuable point after their road draw last weekend to keep them in 10th place in the USL Eastern Conference Standings. Nashville has earned 13 points in its nine games, averaging 1.4 points per game played. The squad is still in good position, sitting just a game back from playoff position.

Season Ticket Update

There are fewer than 30 season tickets remaining to see Nashville SC in its inaugural USL season, and they come with a ton of perks. Season Ticket Members will have priority when it comes to MLS tickets, Gold Cup tickets and tickets to the U.S/Mexico friendly in Nashville. All STMs also receive 10% off all Nashville SC merchandise purchased online and in the team store.

Any season ticket purchased, including Standing Room Only season tickets, will come with a guaranteed lower bowl seat to see Nashville SC take on FC Cincinnati and postgame fireworks at Nissan Stadium on July 7. To become a Season Ticket Member, visit or call a ticket representative at (615) 457-8200.  

Following Nashville

Wednesday’s 6 p.m. CT kick will be broadcast on ESPN+. Fans can follow @NashvilleSC on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for in-game highlights and updates.