FT: #NYCFC fall to Nashville 3-1. Started off promising, but fell to ruins after a few missed chances. The headline will be that the back line was depleted. But they knew this was coming and should've been better prepared.— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) September 4, 2021
Completely forgot to update this due to anger. We’re down 3-0.
54’: Johnson saves. Yikes.
Second half has begun. Hoping City can mount a comeback and take something from this match, but not expecting much.
HT: NYCFC trail Nashville 2-0 at the half. This is exactly why MLS needs international breaks. This is a key matchup between two of the best teams in the East and one is missing 3/4’s of its regular starting defense.
32' It's completely fallen apart. 2-0 Nashville #NYCFC— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) September 4, 2021
30’: Despite being the better team, NYCFC again find themselves trailing on the road.
Anton Tinnerholm holds Hany Muhktar onside and he sneaks a shot under Johnson for a goal.
21' #NYCFC are consistently applying the pressure. Their makeshift backline has had little to do as well with both Keaton Parks and Cacha winning their battles in the midfield.— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) September 4, 2021
9’: SAVE! Sean Johnson keeps Nashville off the board.
We’re off in the Music City! Can the depleted Night Owls overcome Nashville on the road?
Rosters are out! As anticipated, Vuk Latinovich gets his first NYCFC start tonight in the absence of virtually every other center back at their disposal. Judging by the rest of the lineup, it seems Alfredo Morales will line up at center back alongside Vuk.
New York City FC Starting XI:
Make some noise for the City Boys @hays_us pic.twitter.com/y2KcDvHE3D— New York City FC (@NYCFC) September 3, 2021
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: Nicolas Acevedo, James Sands
- International Duty: James Sands (USA), Alex Callens (PAN), Maxime Chanot (LUX), Gudi Thorarinsson (ICE)
- Injury Report:
- OUT: Héber (knee)
Nashville SC Starting XI:
Friday Night SQUAD— Nashville SC (@NashvilleSC) September 3, 2021
Our Starting XI to take on @NYCFC ⬇️#EveryoneN #NSHvNYC pic.twitter.com/PrNcRmMpDF
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: None
- International duty: Walker Zimmerman (USA), Alistair Johnson (CAN), Anibal Godoy (PAN), Randall Leal (CRC)
- Injury Report: N/A
Referees: Timothy Ford (referee); Claudiu Badea, Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho (assistant referees); Silviu Petrescu (4th official); Fotis Bazakos (VAR)
How To Watch
Match date & time: September 3, 7:30 PM ET
Venue: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN
Online streaming: YES App (live stream), ESPN+
TV: YES (tape delay)
Local radio: NYCFC.com/radio
The story: NYCFC’s 2-0 win over the league-leading New England Revolution last weekend was a statement win. While the Boys in Blue remain 15 points behind their rivals in the Eastern Conference, they have three games in hand and will have an opportunity to face them again next weekend.
But for now, they must get past Nashville SC, a team that came out of nowhere this season in terms of results. In just their second season of existence, Nashville has put together quite the season in 2021, grabbing 35 points in 21 games, good for third in the East. Nashville has drawn a lot of games — 11 draws to 8 wins. But they’ve managed to avoid losing, with only two losses on the season and none of them at home.
Despite the ability to avoid losses, Nashville would possibly be considered underdogs to NYCFC who have a ton of talent at their disposal. The only problem is that they’re missing most of their usual defensive line due to World Cup Qualifiers, with James Sands, Alex Callens, Maxime Chanot, and Gudi Thorarinsson all away on international duty. Couple that with the fact that Nashville is missing key players of their own, and this game is an absolutel crap shoot.
The Night Owls will have their work cut out for them if they are to take all three points in this one.
This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.