After stymying the top team in the Eastern Conference in FC Cincinnati and earning a 0-0 draw, Nashville SC will look to secure three points on the road when it takes on Charlotte Independence in Matthews, North Carolina on Wednesday.
It will be Nashville SC’s first road USL match in over a month. Nashville will have the chance to launch its third three-plus match unbeaten streak of the season with a result on Wednesday.
The home club has had its fair share of ups and downs so far this season. Charlotte started the season with a three-match unbeaten run, but lost three of its next four matches. The club recovered with a four-match winning streak, including a 4-1 win over FC Cincinnati. Since then, Charlotte has gone 0-3-4 and enters this Wednesday’s showdown on a two-match losing streak.
Charlotte boasts a very top-heavy offense with two of the league’s top scorers in Jorge Herrera (nine goals) and Cordell Cato (eight goals). The club is also tied for the second-best passing accuracy in the USL. However, the team has struggled on the back end and in terms of discipline. Charlotte’s starting keeper, Andrew Dykstra, has a 58.5% save percentage and the team is fifth in the Eastern Conference in goals conceded (27). On top of that, the team is second in the USL with four red cards, which could affect the players that are available on Wednesday.
Nashville SC enters this match having picked up four points in two matches after dropping two in a row for the first time all season. Goalkeeper Matt Pickens has been stellar, posting two straight clean sheets, putting him in a tie for the league lead in the category. The club also held the high-octane FC Cincinnati attack to just two shots on target.
This will be Nashville SC’s first USL road match since drawing the Tampa Bay Rowdies on June 9 in St. Petersburg. Nashville went 4-1-0 in five home matches in the month of June across all competitions, including three wins by two goals or more. Nashville has also gotten points in each of its last five road USL matches dating back to April.
Defender Justin Davis
“The home patch we had here these past couple of weeks was great, but if you’re going to make a run at this league, you’re going to have to do well on the road so getting back out there, we’ll have to get back into our groove. We showed pretty well on the road to start the year so hopefully we keep that going.”
Defender Taylor Washington
“I think the team is in good form. Against Cincinnati, we wanted that win but we showed a lot of promise and a lot of great opportunities. We’ve played them before so we know what they’re about. Gary does a great job of scouting teams to begin with so we’ll go over the film, we’ll go over everything that we need to do and stick to our game plan and I think we’ll get results that way.”
Watching the East
If you’re a fan of scoreboard watching, keep an eye on the Charleston Battery-Indy Eleven matchup tomorrow night. Those two teams have Nashville SC sandwiched in fifth place in the standings. A Nashville SC win and Charleston-Indy draw would put Nashville into third place in the Eastern Conference with Louisville City FC inactive. A potpourri of other eventualities could have Nashville finish as high as third place and as low as sixth place.
How to Watch
The match will be broadcast live on MyTV30 locally and streamed live nationally on ESPN+. Be sure to follow Nashville SC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for complete coverage.