Fearless Forecast: Nashville SC vs. Atlanta United 2

In what has been a dismal July for Nashville SC (0-2-1), the Boys in Gold are looking to pick up their first win of the month against Atlanta United 2 Wednesday night at First Tennessee Park. Nashville SC beat Atlanta United 2 3-0 June 30.

Some background on tonight’s opponent:

Team: Atlanta United 2

  • Affiliation: Atlanta United (reserve side)
  • Stadium: Coolray Field (10,427)
  • Coach: Scott Donnelly (1st year)
    • Donnelly has spent more than 15 years as a coach, most recently as an assistant with the U.S. U-18 National Team.
    • He helped develop 15 professional players during his time as a college coach, five of whom were MLS SuperDraft picks
    • Donnelly served as an assistant for the U.S. U-17 World Cup team that reached the quarterfinals, thanks in part to three Atlanta United prospects
  • First Season: 2018
  • 2017 Finish: N/A
  • Best-ever Finish: N/A
  • Three Fun Facts:
    1. The team plays at the same stadium as the Atlanta Braves’ AAA baseball affiliate.
    2. Three members of the Atlanta United academy played in the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
    3. Atlanta United previously had a close relationship with the Charleston Battery, to whom they have loaned multiple players.

 

Here’s how we think the match will pan out.

Andy Simmons, Golden Goal

2-0 Nashville SC

Goals: Brandon Allen, Bolu Akiyode

MOTM: Liam Doyle

Prediction: Nashville wins in every statistical category.

 

Wes Boling, Golden Goal

1-0 Nashville SC

Goal: Brandon Allen

MOTM: Alan Winn

Forecast: Atlanta manages at least 10 shots against Nashville’s depleted defense.

 

Glenn Judah, Golden Goal

1-1 draw

Goal: Liam Doyle

MOTM: Liam Doyle

Prediction: Nashville scores on a set piece.

 

Ben Wright, Speedway Soccer

2-0 Nashville SC

Goals: Brandon Allen, Ropapa Mensah,

MOTM: Ropapa Mensah

Prediction: CJ Cochran gets the start in goal for Nashville.

 

Davey Shepard, Speedway Soccer

1-0 Nashville SC

Goal: Ropapa Mensah

MOTM: Ropapa Mensah

Prediction: Same old song and dance. Nashville struggles to create chances in volume and are bailed out by Mensah again.

 

John Sloop, Speedway Soccer

3-1 Nashville SC

Goals: Brandon Allen x2, Ropapa Mensah

MOTM: Brandon Allen

Prediction: After a long and hard internal debate, Sloop decides to go with YouTube TV as his content provider.

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