Nashville SC to face FC Cincinnati in Leagues Cup Round of 32

Colorado Rapids lost 4-1 to Toluca on Monday night. The result secured a second-place finish for Nashville SC in Central Group 4, who advance with three points after a 2-1 win against Colorado and a 3-4 loss to Toluca.

Nashville will take on FC Cincinnati in the Round of 32, who topped Central Group 3 with five points, winning in penalties against Sporting KC before beating Chivas Guadalajara 3-1 on a Brandon Vazquez hat trick.

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As the Leagues Cup rules specify, group winners will host in the Round of 32, before 2022 Supporters’ Shield standings determine hosting rights in later rounds. Should Nashville advance, they would have hosting priority over all but five teams (LAFC, Philadelphia Union, New York City FC, New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas).

Nashville and Cincinnati have already played twice this season. Cincinnati won both games, beating Nashville 1-0 at Geodis Park and winning 3-1 at TQL Stadium just 16 days ago, a match that saw Taylor Washington and FafĂ  Picault sent off.

Nashville and Cincinnati have played six times since 2020. The series is evenly split, a pair of wins for both sides accompanying two draws. The two teams also played four times during the 2018 USL Championship season. They drew all three regular season matches, with Cincinnati edging Nashville in penalty kicks in the playoffs.

Nashville will be without starting striker Teal Bunbury, who was bafflingly shown a second yellow card against Toluca. However, new Designated Player Sam Surridge has arrived in Music City and could be set to make his debut for the Coyotes.

Friday’s match will take place at TQL Stadium on Friday, August 4. The match will kick off at 7 pm CT and will be broadcast on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV.

Author: Ben Wrightis the Director of Soccer Content and a Senior MLS Contributor for Broadway Sports covering Nashville SC and the US National Team. Previously Ben was the editor and a founder of Speedway Soccer, where he has covered Nashville SC and their time in USL before journeying to Major League Soccer since 2018. Raised in Louisville, KY Ben grew up playing before a knee injury ended his competitive career. When he is not talking soccer he is probably producing music, drinking coffee or hanging out with his wife and kids. Mastodon

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