Nashville SC hosts inaugural home opener, draws with Pittsburgh

Nashville SC made its first home stand in the United Soccer League one to remember Saturday at Nissan Stadium with a 0-0 draw against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

The Club came up just short of breaking the inaugural season home opener attendance record set by Sacramento Republic in 2014 with a crowd of 20,231. Nashville SC vs. Pittsburgh drew a crowd of 18,922.

The announcement was made in the 60th minute of the game. Fans were eager to share their experience of this historical event on social media.


Nashville elected to make two changes to the starting lineup from last week. Tucker Hume replaced Michael Cox, and Bradley Bourgeois took the place of London Woodberry, who was out with an injury.

The Boys in Gold dominated nearly every analytical statistic in the first half, but were unable to really get anything going on goal as far as shots with only recorded on target. Their best chance came from Lebo Moloto in the 40th minute, but it went right at the keeper.

Pittsburgh came out the aggressor in the second half, however, with four shots and two on target. Matt Pickens was up to the task, recording two saves and his first clean sheet of the regular season. He was awarded man of the match.

There were a couple of bookings in the second half. Lebo Moloto received a yellow for a tough foul that was played as an advantage for Pittsburgh, while Ropapa Mensah was booked for accidentally running into the goalie.

Moloto almost had an early contender for goal of the season in the 78th minute.

Althought Nashville SC had a couple of late chances to test the Pittsburgh defense, nothing came of them.

Nashville SC will travel to Bethlehem, Pa. March 31 to play against Bethlehem Steel. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. CT.

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