THE CHALKBOARD: Atlanta United 2 – 0 Nashville SC

Nashville SC's lost to Atlanta United is one they'll rue for a while. A strong performance for most of the match wasn't enough to take points from the game, falling 2-0 to a Five Stripes side that didn't create a ton, but took their chances when they got them. Nashville, on the other hand, was wasteful in the final third, and that wastefulness cost them.

Tactically, Nashville didn't divert from their typical game plan too much. They pressed higher and more frequently than they did against FC Dallas, but the basic principles remained the same: win the ball in midfield, play to feet in space, get to goal quickly. They were typically well organized defensively, and were cohesive everywhere but the final third.

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The stats

Once again, Nashville won the xG battle, and by a significant margin. Nashville had chances to win it, but Atlanta's Pity Martínez showed his quality, scoring from two relatively low-percentage chances to give them the win.

On the season, Nashville have 5.25 xG through five games, but have scored just two goals. They've been overall strong defensively, but have allowed teams to score low-percentage chances on them, conceding five goals against a 2.70 xG against.

Nashville consistently got into promising situations, but the final pass or shot consistently disappointed.

Missed connections

Nashville's attackers weren't on the same page in . . .

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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