Nashville SC scored early, couldn’t add a second goal, and conceded a late equalizer to drop points at Geodis Park. The familiar plot line played out once again on Saturday night against the Vancouver Whitecaps, with Javain Brown’s 87th minute goal costing the ‘Yotes a home win once again.
Gary Smith handed new signing Shaq Moore his debut, giving the third most expensive signing in club history a start at right back.
On the pitch
Nashville started the match brightly. The ‘Yotes created several chances, with Shaq Moore stamping his authority on both sides of the ball. Teal Bunbury found the opener for the second consecutive match, heading the hosts ahead in the 17th minute.
Nashville couldn’t find a second goal, and as the match went on it became clear that holding onto the lead became paramount. Eric Miller, Jack Maher, Brian Anunga and Luke Haakenson were brought into the match. Despite a short handed bench and injuries to Aníbal Godoy and Aké Loba, attacking options like Handwalla Bwana and Ethan Zubak weren’t called on.
Their inability to increase their lead came back to bit them. Javain Brown headed home infront of the supporters section with just three minutes to play, taking advantage of poor set piece defending to earn a point on the road.
The big picture
Nashville continue to give up results at home. In 10 matches at Geodis Park, the visitors have come away with a result in seven matches. Since entering MLS, Nashville have given up results in 60% of home matches.
Their most recent home draw has them just two points above the playoff line, with four sides below them holding at least a game in hand. They have a home heavy schedule down the stretch, but playing at home hasn’t in any way been an advantage. Nashville have had plenty of chances to take a step forward at home, and advance past being difficult to play against to being a consistently winning team at home. With just seven matches left at Geodis Park this year, they don’t have many opportunities left to make it count.