The Chalkboard: FC Dallas vs Nashville SC

It's not often that a team plays the same opponent in back-to-back matches. Nashville SC had that chance last week, playing against FC Dallas on Wednesday and then against Sunday (and into Monday).

Nashville won the first match 1-0 while the second ended in a draw, an ironic twist given that the visitors were dominant in the second match without finding a winner.

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Nashville struggled to create consistent chances on Wednesday (left), especially inside the box. They managed just two shots from inside the 18 in the first match, and it's not a coincidence that Dallas used a defense-heavy 3-5-2 that night.

On Sunday (right), Nashville took eight shots from inside the area, more than their total on Wednesday. Why the sudden jump in production? I think there are a couple reasons.

Quick passes to the "three line"

Under Gary Smith, Nashville have lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. If you really want to get into . . .

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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