NASHVILLE – After taking a point at FC Cincinnati last weekend, Nashville SC returns home for just the second time in a month to take on Ottawa Fury FC. The club will be looking to ride a wave of momentum after Tucker Hume’s late equalizer capped off a strong Nashville performance against the top team in the Eastern Conference.
The club will also be looking for a bit of revenge after falling 2-0 to Ottawa on the road on July 21. Ottawa scored two late goals in stoppage time to steal victory in Canada’s capital.
Since the last matchup between these two squads, Ottawa has had a mixed bag of results. The club fell in the second leg of the Canadian Championship semifinal to Toronto FC before returning home to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Louisville City FC. As the calendar has turned to August, Ottawa has started to pick up the pace, picking up four points in its last two matches, including a 2-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
The club is currently on a Southeastern swing as Ottawa traveled to Atlanta to finish a suspended match from June against Atlanta United 2. The resumed match ended in a 1-1 draw. Even after adding a few pieces in the last month or so, Ottawa continues to be a top-heavy offensive team with four top scorers in Kevin Oliveira, Steevan Dos Santos, Adonijah Reid and Tony Taylor. Taylor and Oliveira netted the two goals against Nashville.
Nashville’s loss to Ottawa on July 21 was part of a rough run of form for the club in the month of July. The club earned no points on the road all month and picked up four out of a potential six in two home matches. Despite that, Nashville put on a fairly solid performance at Ottawa, owning 56% of possession and putting up 10 shots. The club had the chance for a lead in the late moments of the match, but a penalty kick was put off the crossbar.
Despite the struggles in July, Nashville appears to have turned a corner as the calendar turned to August. Nashville SC put on a dominant performance at FC Cincinnati, owning possession and putting up a whopping 19 shots. The lineup could also get a boost from new signing Kris Tyrpak, who is a scoring threat on the wing. He could make his Nashville SC debut on Friday.
Winger Kris Tyrpak
"You’re entering the last part of the season, and if I can come in and bring a spark, grab a couple of goals, and get wins for the team, that’s all you need. You want to finish on a high note going into the playoffs because once you’re there anything could happen.”
Watching the East
Nashville and Ottawa are currently tied in points with 31 and sit in a tie for 8th. With a win, Nashville SC could move up to sixth place in the standings, edging within three points of that elusive top four in the standings.
How to Watch
Nashville SC vs. Ottawa Fury FC will air locally on MyTV30 at 7:30 p.m. The game will be also broadcast on the radio on ESPN 94.9 Game2. Fans can follow the game on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @NashvilleSC for updates and highlights.