Recap: Nashville scrap to a road draw in DC

WASHINGTON, DC – It wasn’t pretty in any way, shape or form, but Nashville SC continued their six match unbeaten streak against DC United. Alex Muyl’s second goal in consecutive games earned a point, and in many ways it was a microcosm of the match for Nashville.

The XI

Gary Smith made one change to the side that beat Chicago Fire last weekend, giving Jacob Shaffelburg the start ahead of Fafà Picault.

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Instead of their usual 4-1-2-1-2 formation, Smith opted for a hybrid system, playing in a five-man backline out of possession and morphing to a 4-4-2 with the ball.

On the pitch

It wasn’t a pretty game for either side. Without much to note in the first half, other than a thunderbolt from DC midfielder Chris Durkin off Joe Willis’s crossbar, the match was open and without many chances.

Nashville’s best chance came in the lead up to their goal. A cross from substitute Fafà Picault found Hany Mukhtar unmarked in the box, but at a difficult height. The MVP hit a decent volley towards goal and forced a save from Tyler Miller. Nashville got the rebound and eventually cycled it back into the box, where DC defender Donovan Pines smashed an attempted clearance off the chest of Alex Muyl and into the net.

Nashville looked set to leave the capitol with a huge three points, but a pair of DC substitutes had other ideas. Kristian Fletcher somehow got behind Shaq Moore and drove into the box, freezing Lukas MacNaughton before picking out Ted Ku-DiPietro in stride to finish from close range and salvage a point.

The big picture

Not a whole lot to take from this match tactically, but Nashville are unbeaten in six matches in all competitions. The draw keeps them in third place in the Eastern Conference, with a midweek match against Inter Miami at Geodis Park on the books for Wednesday.

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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