Golden Goal Match Preview: Let the Battle of Nashville begin

Chuka Aruh stood out immediately.

The former Cumberland University star juked past defenders, delivered incisive passes and rocketed shots during January’s Nashville SC tryouts. He earned a callback the next day, vying for a roster spot against other standouts from the session.

Alas, Nashville SC didn’t end up calling Aruh’s name. But four months later, he received national recognition for setting up a grudge match against the USL side as a member of Inter Nashville FC. Three goals against Charlotte Eagles ushered in a Music City Derby in the second round of the U.S. Open Cup.

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Golden Goal Match Preview: Nashville seeks a win at struggling Penn

City Island lies in the heart of the Susquehanna River, sitting stealthily like an oversized grassy barge anchored in view of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s modest skyline.

Tuesday night, it’s where Nashville SC will look to stay afloat in the early race for a playoff spot.

The Boys in Gold (2-2-1, 7 points) visit Penn FC Tuesday for a 5:30 p.m. Central kickoff at FNB Field. The artists formerly known as the City Islanders (0-1-3, 3 points) sit in 14th place among the Eastern Conference’s 16 teams, while Nashville occupies the eighth and final playoff position five matches into its season.

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