It was a short, but sweet trip to Cincinnati for Nashville SC.
On a cool Saturday night on the banks of the Ohio River, Nashville earned a 1-1 draw against the top team in the Eastern Conference in FC Cincinnati. A late Nashville strike by forward Tucker Hume gave SC its second draw on the season against Cincinnati.
It was a gritty result that could spark a strong second half of the season for Nashville in its inaugural season. Here are some numbers from Nashville SC’s match in the Queen City.
12: After a relatively stagnant offensive attack in July, Nashville changed things up a bit against FC Cincinnati, and it paid dividends. The ‘big fella’, as head coach Gary Smith calls him, No. 12 Tucker Hume, started up top for Nashville and was one of the best players on the field. Even before scoring the equalizing goal Hume created numerous chances for the blue and gold.
2: Since May 12, FC Cincinnati has scored at least two goals in every single match except for their two matches against Nashville SC: a 0-0 draw on July 7 and 1-1 draw on Saturday. Those matches put Nashville’s elite defensive ability on display against an elite offensive side. Nashville SC has conceded the second-fewest goals in the USL (16).
1: Tucker Hume’s goal in the 86’ minute earned the draw for Nashville and was Hume’s first USL goal for Nashville SC. Earlier this season, he had two goals in a U.S. Open Cup match against Mississippi Brilla FC.
10: Hume’s late equalizer was Nashville’s 10th goal after the 75’ minute this season. It was also Nashville’s second late goal in three matches after Taylor Washington’s late winner on July 25 against Atlanta United 2.
19: Nashville SC fired 19 total shots during the match, with 10 of them coming in the first half after the club had conceded an early goal. That number fell just one short of the 20 shots Nashville put up against FC Cincinnati on July 7 in their 0-0 draw.
4: Despite scoring the second-most goals in the USL, FC Cincinnati had just four total shots. Three of them were on target and one was blocked.
31: Much of Nashville SC’s offensive pop came from the wings as the club tried to feed the ball to Hume in the middle. As part of that, Nashville sent 31 crosses into the middle in open play, compared to just 11 for FC Cincinnati.
Tickets for Nashville SC's next home game this Friday against Ottawa Fury FC at First Tennessee Park are still available at NashvilleSC.com/tickets.