Nashville SC split points with New England on a rainy, sloppy night

Nashville SC once again split points with New England Revolution. After a 0-0 draw in their first match, the two sides played to a 1-1 draw the second time around.

With just three days rest, Gary Smith again rotated his squad, going back to a three man defense.

In fine Nashville tradition, a heavy storm swept through town just as the game was set to start. When the match finally kicked off an hour and fourteen minutes later, it was as sloppy as the surface it was played on.

Nashville had just 34% possession in the opening period, and both sides struggled to create any meaningful chances.

The second half, however, was a different story. Daniel Ríos and Derrick Jones were brought on at the break, and immediately injected a spark into the Nashville attack.

It was Nashville who found the breakthrough in the 74th minute. Leal and Jones combined well to earn a corner, and the Costa Rican served up a teasing corner for Walker Zimmerman to power home. The header was the center-back’s third goal of the year, tying him with Ríos and Hany Mukhtar for the team lead.

Nashville’s lead was short-lived, however. Just three minutes later, Adam Buksa turned at the top of the box before drilling a shot low into the bottom corner to pull the visitors level.

Nashville continued to push for an second, with Jhonder Cádiz nearly connecting on a couple balls over the top. The winning goal, however, eluded Nashville, and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

The result leaves Nashville in 8th place in the East, level with New York Red Bulls on points, but with one less win. They have another quick turnaround, traveling to Montreal on Tuesday in their push for a playoff berth.

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