Nashville SC ends preseason with a bang, but now the real journey begins

Well that was fun, wasn’t it?

Nashville SC took a quick trip down I-24 and were able to handle business against Chattanooga FC, winning 3-1 and putting a bow on its preseason.

Here are the highlights from the Nashville goals.

It’s the perfect result for The Boys in Gold to cap off their inaugural preseason, even if the result means little to nothing.

“It’s always nice to get a win going into the regular season,” said midfielder Matt LaGrassa, who scored the first of Nashville SC’s three goals on the evening.

“You know, obviously we will be facing opponents coming up, that on paper will be better than Chattanooga. Hopefully, we can take the win and carry the momentum forward.”

There’s no denying that since the rainy afternoon at First Tennessee Park against Atlanta United, Nashville SC has improved drastically. The chemistry is starting to form, and Nashville SC head coach Gary Smith is figuring out who plays best in what position in his formation.

This latest match saw a mix of different players who have been deemed “first” and “second” teamers in the starting 11, with Tucker Hume and Ropapa Mensah as the two forwards. The combination seemed to pay dividends, as both are strong-bodied players that can outmuscle most defenders and win long balls in the air.

We also saw preseason wonderkid Alan Winn make the move to attacking center midfield, after seeing lots of time up top. That move might be a foreshadowing of who Smith really trusts in orchestrating the offense when the ball makes its way towards that part of the pitch.

But now its time to find out what we’ve all been waiting for. How will this team do in its first regular season campaign? There will be no better way to figuring out that question than with an opener against defending USL champions Louisville City FC.

Of course, one match at the beginning of the year won’t determine everything, as Smith points out. The term, “baptism by fire,” certainly does come into play for the upcoming match.

“If we are going to have a test, a bit of a benchmark, then there is none better than Louisville,” said Smith.

“The season can’t be won or lost next weekend. We have fared well in the games leading up to next weekend. I see no reason why the group I have in that locker room will not turn up and perform. Everybody will be frothing at the mouth waiting for it, and it’s been a long time coming.”



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