Despite not scoring a goal and losing in their most recent visit to the field, Nashville SC is feeling just fine about things in advance of a home matchup with D.C. United on Wednesday.
After a recent four-game unbeaten streak, expansion Nashville SC was disappointed to not have fared better in a 2-0 defeat to the Columbus Crew on Saturday, but they had nothing to be ashamed of while falling to the Eastern Conference's top team.
It was a tight 1-0 game until the Crew's Gyasi Zardes added another score in the third minute of second-half stoppage time. Nashville SC took 15 shots to eight for the Crew, with both teams putting two on target. They also completed 527 passes to 384 for Columbus and had possession for 58.3 percent of the game.
"We weren't just in this game for long periods; we actually dictated this game," Nashville SC head coach Gary Smith said. "We were the aggressor in this game, we've created the moments and got ourselves into good positions and really forced the issue here against a team that is in fantastic form."
A 3-5-3 record (12 points) has the first-year team above the playoff line, while D.C. United is a disappointing 2-5-5 (11 points) heading into the mid-week game. Only the Chicago Fire (nine points) trail D.C. United in the Eastern Conference standings.
Yet signs are looking up for D.C. United, who are 1-1-2 since a six-game winless streak that included three games in the MLS is Back Tournament in July.
In a 2-2 home tie with Toronto FC on Saturday, Griffin Yow, a homegrown forward/midfielder, scored in the 88th minute to help them come away from the game with a point. It was the 17-year-old's first career goal. Ola Kamara also scored a goal in the fifth minute.
"As soon as I saw the ball approach, I knew I would have to hit it and want for it to be a shot on target," Yow said. "It hit off my foot really well and got great contact on it. That was an amazing feeling, honestly."
As excited as the team was for Yow, the reality is that injuries continue to take a toll. The latest D.C. United players to go down are midfielders Ulises Segura (calf) and Mohammed Abu (knee). Yow got his chance when he entered as a substitute for Abu early in the second half.
Saturday's two goals came after D.C. United was shut out in consecutive games.
--Field Level Media