Recap: Nashville SC fall to Columbus Crew after Tyler Boyd’s goal disallowed

Nashville SC have lost two consecutive matches for the first time under interim head coach Rumba Munthali, losing 2-0 on the road to the Columbus Crew in a match heavily influenced by the referee.

The XI

With Sam Surridge out injured, undrafted rookie Forster Ajago made his first start in MLS after impressing off the bench. Joey Skinner was also named to the bench, making his MLS debut in a second-half cameo.

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On the pitch

After a two hour weather delay, Columbus unsurprisingly came out on the front foot playing at home. They controlled most of the momentum, although Nashville did have a few chances to cause problems of their own. Unfortunately, two controversial moments dictated the outcome of the game.

The first came on Christian Ramirez’s goal in the 30th minute. Cucho Hernández played a fantastic ball in to Ramirez, who finished easily from close range. However, the ball had appeared to go out of play just prior to the goal. Ultimately VAR didn’t recommend an on-field review, and the goal stood.

The second came shortly after halftime. Tyler Boyd headed in a goal from close range, which appeared to fans, commentators and the MLS 360 studio crew to be a completely legitimate goal. However, after a three minute video review, referee Joe Dickerson called the goal off for a phantom handball on Boyd.

With the equalizer disallowed, Columbus continued to push for an insurance goal, and got it through Diego Rossi in the 65th minute. Walker Zimmerman pushed up into midfield to try and win the ball, and Brian Anunga was slow to cover the space he left, affording the Crew space to counter. It was a rare mistake from Nashville, and they paid for it.

The big picture

Losing on the road to the Crew isn’t a horrible result for most teams in MLS, and Nashville played well enough to leave with a point. They landed on the wrong side of two poor refereeing decisions that significantly changed the outcome of the game, and while they were second-best on the night, a two-goal loss didn’t fully reflect the on-field performance.

Up next

Nashville’s schedule doesn’t get much easier. They’ll travel to Portland to take on the Timbers at 9:30 CT on Sunday evening.

Post-match quotes

Stats

Possession: CLB 55% – 45% NSH
Passes completed: CLB 403 – 318 NSH
Shots: CLB 17 – 8 NSH
Shots on goal: CLB 4 – 3 NSH
Penalty kicks: CLB 0 – 0 NSH
Expected goals: CLB 1.78 – 0.69 NSH
Goals: CLB 2 – 0 NSH
Fouls: CLB 8 – 16 NSH
Yellow cards: CLB 0 – 2 NSH
Red cards: CLB 0 – 0 NSH

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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