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Behind Enemy Lines: Tampa Bay Rowdies

May 8, 2019 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - Nashville SC News Release

NASHVILLE - Nashville Soccer Club will begin a stretch of seven matches in a 22-day stretch with its nationally televised showdown with Tampa Bay Rowdies on Wednesday night. Tampa Bay is one of the top teams in the USL Eastern Conference, and is the only team in the East without a loss. In the latest Behind Enemy Lines, we round up what Tampa Bay is saying prior to the game against Nashville SC.

The Rowdies team site published its match preview and noted that the Rowdies have had a "full week of prep" leading up to the match following a bye weekend. Meanwhile Nashville SC played just four days earlier, defeating Atlanta United 2 2-0.

Tampa Bay's nine-match unbeaten start to the 2019 season is the first time in 10 years that the Rowdies have made it to the month of May without a loss. A win or draw in Nashville would also match the franchise's Modern Era record of a 10-match unbeaten streak set between June 22 and September 21, 2013.

Rowdies coach Neill Collins said in the club's Match Preview on social media that he knows Nashville will be amongst the USL Championship elite by the end of the season.

"We know that Nashville will be at the top end of the table come what may," said Collins. "A couple of ex-Rowdies players in Matt Pickens and Darnell King are very good players. But, they went out and signed the two top goalscorers in the league last year in Daniel Ríos and Cameron Lancaster, Kharloton Belmar from the West, so they have no shortage of attacking options and equally they are experienced through the back and midfield. This will be a very, very tough test."

Tampa will be without a quartet of players on Saturday according to the team's site. Forwards Malik Johnson and Jaime Siaj, midfielder Yann Ekra and defender Shawn Barry will all miss the match.

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