Dramatic Season Finale on Tap for Nashville SC on Oktoberfest Weekend
NASHVILLE - It all comes down to one final game. The drama is very real for Nashville Soccer Club with its playoff life on the line on Saturday night against FC Cincinnati at First Tennessee Park at 7:30 p.m. The Oktoberfest party in Germantown will spill over into FTP for the game, creating a raucous atmosphere for Nashville's home finale.
Skyline Chili isn't the only hot item in Cincinnati lately. FC Cincinnati are on fire, unbeaten in 22 consecutive league games, tied for the longest streak in league history. They have already set multiple league records this season including longest winning streak (10 games), most wins (23) and most points (76). This squad looks primed for Major League Soccer (MLS) next season, and is the favorite to take home its first USL Cup.
While FC Cincinnati is an all-around juggernaut, their offense is particularly impressive. With three scorers already over 10 goals, and a fourth, Corben Bone, with nine, they have a bevy of options to hurt any team. Forward Emmanuel Ledesma has been the team's main weapon, with 16 goals and 15 assists.
There is no bigger storyline in this game than Nashville SC's #GoldRush to the playoffs. A win or a draw gets Nashville a spot. Or, the result might not matter if the Ottawa Fury lose or draw earlier in the day, which would also guarantee SC a spot. However, a chance to earn the postseason berth by securing a result against the best team in the USL, while extending SC's unbeaten streak to six games, is a script that seems almost Hollywood-esque.
Of the three expansion teams this season, Nashville SC is the only one with a chance at the playoffs. Both Las Vegas Lights and Fresno FC were eliminated from contention weeks ago, leaving Nashville with a chance to be just the second USL expansion to make the playoffs in the USL's recent second-division era.
Nashville SC captain Michael Reed
"It's the last game of the season, we can only be positive and have a good mindset with where we're at. We aren't looking at other teams, we are looking at ourselves. We are playing Cincinnati; a good squad and we are asking what can we do to win? We just have to take everything we've learned from the season and implement it into the game."
How to Watch
There are still limited tickets to the game available at NashvilleSC.com/tickets. Fans in Nashville can tune in at 7:30 p.m. on MyTV30. There will be a digital stream on ESPN+ and a Spanish-language broadcast on El Jefe 96.7.
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