Nashville bounced from Open Cup, sees unbeaten streak snapped

All good things must come to an end.

For Nashville SC, their 2-1 loss to Louisville City FC in the U.S. Open Cup Wednesday meant the end of two things. The Boys in Gold have not only been eliminated in the round of 16 of the Cup, but they also see their unbeaten streak in all competitions come an end at 11.

Nashville rolled out the same formation it used Saturday against North Carolina FC, with just a couple of changes. Late-winner savant Ropapa Mensah came on to start up top, with Lebo Moloto hanging back behind him. Michael Reed and Bolu Akinyode once again controlled the middle of the park, with Ish Jome and Matt LaGrassa out wide. London Woodberry came in and played in the back, which was the only change on the defense that has only allowed two goals in its past five contests coming in.

Louisville, meanwhile, was facing a plethora of injuries. One of them included top goal-scorer Cameron Lancaster, who was ruled doubtful before the contest.

The Boys in Gold had a rough go at trying to crack the Louisville defense, mustering only one shot the entire first half.

Louisville broke the deadlock in the 24th minute. After conceding a corner, the Bourbon Boys elected to play the set piece short to Oscar Jimenez. Jimenez took a couple of dribbles before whipping in a low cross to a crowd of players. In that crowd was Paco Craig making a near post run, where he blasted it past Pickens for the 1-0 lead.

The Bourbon Boys doubled their lead in the 58th minute. Paolo DelPiccolo found the ball at his feet after what looked like an attempted shot from George Davis right inside the six-yard box. DelPiccolo was able to tuck it into the bottom part of the goal to make it 2-0.

Nashville was able to pull one back in the 68th minute when London Woodberry swung in a cross from the right side that met the head of Matt LaGrassa making a near post run right near the six-yard box.

Although there were plenty of chances in front of net, including another way-too-close Bradley Bourgeois header on a cross that was inches away, it just wasn’t meant to be for Nashville.

Louisville now moves on to the quarterfinal to take on Chicago Fire. Nashville returns to action in the USL Tuesday against Indy Eleven at First Tennessee Park.



Surging Nashville SC dispatches Colorado Rapids to advance in cup

In an inaugural season that has already seen plenty of history made, Nashville SC once again continued to etch its name in the record books.

The Club bested MLS side Colorado Rapids 2-0 Wednesday night in front of a rowdy group of fans at Vanderbilt Stadium to advance to the round of 16 in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Nashville faced three MLS sides during the preseason, going 1-1-1 against them. None of those matches, however, had any significant value behind them. This victory, however, has to give a side oozing with confidence even more belief that they can take on anyone.

Even though Nashville dodged a bullet in not facing U.S. goalkeeper legend Tim Howard, who was chosen to sit out this game, it still doesn’t take away from the fact that the club is showing no signs of slowing down during this unbeaten streak (now up to nine games) they’re riding.

Although the above lineup indicates a 4-1-4-1, Nashville actually elected to go with a 4-4-1-1 on the pitch. Lebo Moloto lined up on the right side of midfield, while Matt LaGrassa lagged behind Brandon Allen.

Chances on goal were few and far between in the opening period. Nashville’s best chance came on a corner kick. It appeared London Woodberry was about to connect on the service with a header, but he was shoved from behind. The ball was eventually cleared.

The Boys in Gold caught a break in the 39th minute. Justin Davis crossed in a ball from the left sideline. As the ball was coming in, Colorado defender Michael Azira attempted to clear the ball as he slid to the ground. However, the ball actually deflected off his leg and backwards into the vulnerable net for the 1-0 lead.

Ropapa Mensah came on as a substitute in the 77th minute and made an immediate impact. One minute later, he was able to get on the end of Liam Doyle’s half-volley cross from the left side of the field and tuck it into side netting to make it 2-0.

Nashville continued its strong defensive play throughout the second half, limiting Colorado to only a handful of looks on goal, and no shots on target. It was fairly pedestrian game for Matt Pickens against his former club, whose only real action was a punched clearance.

Nashville returns to USL action Saturday, when the club takes a trip to the Sunshine State to face the Tampa Bay Rowdies.


Nashville SC keeps unbeaten home record intact with victory against Penn FC

You can’t stop Brandon Allen. You can only hope to contain him.

Nashville SC’s recent signing continues to prove his worth, as Allen scored in his third consecutive contest, while also contributing an assist to help guide the Boys in Gold to a 3-1 victory against Penn FC Saturday night at First Tennessee Park.

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Nashville SC fans enjoy victory at Pastime

Nashville SC’s 1-0 victory against previously unbeaten Pittsburgh Wednesday night was a huge moment for the club, as it put them back into the top eight of the USL Eastern Conference standings and extended the Boys in Gold’s unbeaten streak in the league to five.

Although the game was on the road, there was still plenty of support around the Music City for the game that night. Watch parties congregated at many of the club’s affiliated bars to cheer on Nashville to victory.

One of those bars was Pastime. The official home base of the Roadies, many have frequented this establishment during home games to grab a beverage (or many) and a pregame snack before making the short march to First Tennessee Park to yell and sing for their team.

However, I was curious how things went when the team was out of town. Myself and the Golden Goal fellows decided to head over to Pastime to catch the match and soak up the festivities. Here are some observations I had from our trip last night.

Atmosphere: Although the first half was a bit lethargic, that didn’t damper the spirits of The Roadies in attendance that night. They continued to give words of encouragement through the television screens. The place came alive, as expected, when Brandon Allen scored his goal in the 69th minute. I thoroughly enjoyed the synchronized clapping and chants of “NSC!” during the corner kicks Nashville SC was awarded.

Presentation:  The bar set up all three television monitors above the bar main to have the game on, making it impossible to have a bad seat if you came to watch.

Food: I’ve been on a bit of a health kick lately, so I decided to go with the chicken caesar wrap. However, it didn’t seem like you go wrong with anything on the menu. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re like me and wanted to try and cut a couple of calories, or you want to indulge in all of the mouth-watering appetizers like hot chicken taquitos or pretzel bites.

Service: Our waitress was exceptional with her service, getting us our drinks in a timely manner and checking in with us enough times where it didn’t seem like she was overbearing.

As Nashville SC continues to have games on the road, we’ll continue to try and venture out to other establishments that show their games and give our feedback on them.