On The Pitch: Is Nashville a good attacking team?

For 78 minutes of Nashville SC's 2-2 draw with FC Cincinnati, it was a bombardment. The Boys In Gold peppered Cincinnati's Przemysław Tytoń's goal with 32 shots, creating 3.51 expected goals in the process. What does this mean for Nashville? Is this the end of their goalscoring issues?

Welcome to On The Pitch, were we'll break down Nashville SC tactics and game tape to understand how Gary Smith's side wants to play.

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The bad

The opening 12 minutes were rough for Nashville. Really rough.

Looking very much like a team that only played two preseason matches, and none against MLS opposition, the Boys In Gold looked like they were sleep walking. Cincinnati's speed of movement and thought was clearly too much for Nashville to handle, and the first goal was proof.

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Cincinnati does some really nice things in the buildup to this goal. Rónald Matarrita does well to drift into the inside channels, and the ball in to Luciano Acosta is perfectly weighted. Acosta makes a really smart run, and is aware of the fact that Nashville's marking isn't up to par.

The defending from Nashville has to be better, though. Three separate players mark Acosta in a five second period, and none stays with . . .

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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