Yes, last Saturday’s Nashville SC victory against Bethlehem Steel FC was historic, but there’s not much time to celebrate. Nashville now welcomes a Charlotte Independence team that has gotten off to a hot start (7 points in their first three games to lead the Eastern Conference).
“They are confident and have had a good start, seven points in three matches and top of the league,” said Nashville SC coach Gary Smith
“They show a lot of the same qualities they have shown in previous seasons. I see a typical Mike Jeffries coached team. They are based around intelligent and talented play and have a nice balance of youth and experience. They will want to utilize a few of their key players up top with the others supporting those players.”
This will be Charlotte’s first away game of the season, and it’s quite the daunting trip to make considering the atmosphere Nashville SC fans have created. But Charlotte brings with it some highly-credentialed players. The most notable are Jungsoo Lee, a player with experience for South Korea’s international team (five goals in 54 appearances), and Jorge Herrera, who has already scored four goals on six shots.
Nashville’s new signing:
Nashville SC made a splash earlier this week by signing Canadian international David Edgar. Edgar has spent some time in the Premier League, with stints at Newcastle United and Swansea City. In addition, he also has 42 appearances to his name as a member of the Canadian National team.
Edgar has been sidelined for a while now thanks to an injury. With London Woodberry sidelined for the forseeable future, it makes sense for the club to bring in an experienced defender that can already help bolster a unit that has gone 204 match minutes without conceding a goal.
“I don’t think you can ever bypass an individual like David, and his experience with his caliber at such a high level,” said Smith.
“His name came up as a free agent, and it was a matter of whether or not we can get a deal done.”
We’ll see how soon Edgar is slotted into the starting 11. Right now, the regular back line has been incredibly effective against opposition. It’s going to be hard to keep such an experienced player off the field for too long, though.
Other misc. items:
-Nashville SC has announced that the Club is less than 400 season tickets sold from breaking a USL inaugural season record. Tickets can be purchased on the Club’s website.
-The game will be back on MyTV30, with kickoff time slated for 7:30. John Freeman and Braden Gall will call the game. The game can also be streamed at nashvillesc.com
-The USL will cease streaming its games on YouTube as a result of its new broadcasting partnership with ESPN+. This partnership will start next weekend. Full replays of matches can be found on the USL’s YouTube channel and Match Center seven days after they’re completed. More information can be found here.
Prediction: 2-1 Charlotte. Last week, I was wrong. I said Nashville SC would lose, but they were able to come away with a victory thanks in part to the early penalty. I also thought that this was the game where Nashville would pick up its first three points. The results might be reversed. Charlotte are brimming with confidence and playing really well through its first three games. The home crowd at First Tennessee will be beneficial, but I think Independence keeps on rolling after their hot start to the season.