Reddit reacts to Nashville SC’s draw with New York Red Bulls II

Yesterday, I was out and about kayaking. So as you can imagine, I wasn’t able watch Nashville SC’s 1-1 draw against New York Red Bulls II.

Luckily, we live in 2018, where information regarding an event is easily digested and can be reacted to within a second for millions to consume. So, like many of the things in my life, I decided to turn to Reddit and the official thread for this match to get some clarity on how this thing panned out.

Here are my findings.

Clearly, this comment is in response to Ropapa Mensah’s goal scored mere minutes into the match when the Red Bulls back line fell asleep with the ball. It’s nice to see Mensah becoming a threat to opposing defenses and being able to finish in front of goal when an opportunity like this presents itself.

Ok, what’s next?

So after perusing through social media after my expedition, it seems like this game wasn’t a top priority for those in the Harrison, New Jersey area. The attendance number says there were 652 at the stadium, but those can sometimes be grossly inflated.

I honestly can’t fault them, though. I’m not sure there was burning desire for Red Bulls fans to come out and watch their USL team when New York City is about 30 minutes away when there’s a million other things to do on a Sunday afternoon in the city. Not saying it’s not important to them, but I just don’t think it ranks fairly high in the hierarchy of things to do in that area.

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So Nashville could have easily won this game with multiple chances in the final minutes, and for most of the second half as well. The best chance came with two minutes to go in regulation on this brilliant through ball that led to a shot that hit the post.

Hair-pulling, indeed.

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A fair point. With nine total shots and eight inside the box, Nashville looks like it really put the Red Bulls on their heels. Hopefully, we’ll soon stop regurgitating the notion of “the goals will come,” and the three points will begin to add up for this club still searching for consistent offensive footing.

“We’re still trying to find our identity and certainly trying to build on the experiences that we have,” said Nashville SC coach Gary Smith.

“The first half I thought New York were terrific. They played at a great pace and asked a lot of questions of us. What I was most pleased about was our reaction at halftime. We looked resilient and showed aptitude and created multiple opportunities to win the game. Unfortunately, our biggest problem is hitting the back of the net. We did a marvelous job of holding a dangerous team to just one goal, but we leave with mixed emotions.”

Nashville can now turn its attention to a Mother’s Day date with Louisville City FC at First Tennessee Park, as the boys in gold look to avenge the 2-0 loss at the beginning of the season.

 

 

 

 

5 away games Nashville SC fans should try to make a road trip for

It’s finally here. The United Soccer League released the 2018 season schedule Friday after weeks and weeks of eager anticipation.

For Nashville SC, their first season in the USL will certainly be filled with trials and tribulations. The club will play 34 games, split evenly at 17 home and 17 away, and they will all be against Eastern conference opponents.

The chance to make an impact at First Tennessee Park at home for fans is something the Nashville faithful will be willing to embrace. However, going on the road into hostile enemy territories is also an opportunity for fans to show they have a strong voice, and to silence the doubters that Nashville is weak in the fan department.

So what are some road games Nashville SC fans should circle on the calender and try to make an effort to plan a road trip? Here are five that really stand out.

at Louisville City FC, March 17: There’s zero doubt that support for this game will be strong for Nashville SC, considering the proximity of these two cities. The defending USL champions is the perfect match for Nashville SC to make a statement and show that it means business.

at New York Red Bulls II, May 6: This game, along with the two trips to Canada, will easily be one of the furthest games Nashville SC will have to travel. Even though the game is played in Harrison, New Jersey, fans should still try to make the trip up. Manhattan is only a 30-minute train ride from where the game will be played, and any opportunity to explore the city that never sleeps in between the game is something the Nashville faithful should try to take advantage of.

at Charleston Battery, May 26: The city of Charleston is a top tourist destination for a reason. The port town offers southern charm in its architecture and culture few can match, and don’t even get me started on the shrimp and grits. If you can make a conscious effort, this the one trip I’d highly recommend.

at Tampa Bay Rowdies, June 9: The Rowdies have such an engraved history in American soccer, so a trip down to Florida to see the boys in gold take them on would be a trip worth remembering. Just be sure to pack some sunscreen.

at FC Cincinnati, August 4: By this point in the season, this will be the third meeting between these two clubs, with the March 3 preseason game and the July 7 home match for Nashville. FC Cincinnati fans seems to be some of the catalysts driving the “Nashville doesn’t even have a fan base” wagon. This will be as good of an opportunity as ever to put that theory to rest when this game could actually mean something down the stretch of the season.