On The Pitch: Nashville struggling to find balance ahead of must-win match

It's very early in the season to call any match "must win", but Nashville SC's contest against New England Revolution on Saturday is as close to a must win as it gets. With the Eastern conference leaders traveling to Music City, it won't be an easy task.

Nashville was frustrated in a pair of 2-2 draws against Cincinnati and Montreal. The Boys In Gold took 49 shots in those two matches, and created more than enough chances to win. Sloppy defending in the early stages was too much to overcome, and Nashville was left with just two points.

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The 0-0 draw against Miami was a different story. Nashville's defense looked more like its 2020 self, keeping a clean sheet and allowing just 0.40 expected goals. While the backline performed at its expected level, the attack sputtered. While Nashville had chances to score (Dan Lovitz and Hany Mukhtar both missed quality chances, and Dom Badji sent a header glaringly wide), they struggled to consistently create at the level they had done in the prior two weeks.

Nashville's true . . .

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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