Home Playoff Match at Stake in Nashville SC's Final Six Matches
NASHVILLE - It is no secret that a goal for Nashville Soccer Club in the 2019 season has been to finish in the top four of the USL Championship Eastern Conference and host at least one playoff match at First Tennessee Park. That fact has been stated by head coach Gary Smith on numerous occasions. A top-heavy East, more so than in any previous USL Championship season, means that NSC has a battle on its hands for one of those four coveted spots.
As it stands currently, Nashville has 51 points through 28 matches with 15 wins and sits in fourth place in the East. That win number might prove to be incredibly important at the end of the season as total wins is the first tiebreaker the league uses to differentiate clubs in the standings.
Nashville SC has the benefit of having five of its final six matches at home (four at First Tennessee and one at Nissan Stadium) to close out the regular season.
But how many points will Nashville SC need to secure a top four spot? Past USL Championship seasons can help give us a better idea. However, in 2016 and 2017 the USL played 30 and 32 matches in the season respectively, so we will use points earned per match to "extend" those two seasons to 34 matches for a better comparison to 2019.
Here are the last three seasons of the Eastern Conference top four:
2016 (30-match season)
Team Record Points (Proj.)
NYRB II 21-3-6 69 (78)
Louisville City 17-4-9 60 (68)
FC Cincinnati 16-6-8 56 (63)
Rochester Rhinos 13-5-12 51 (57)
2017 (32-match season)
Team Record Points (Proj.)
Louisville City 18-6-8 62 (65)
Chas. Battery 15-8-9 54 (57)
TB Rowdies 14-7-11 53 (56)
Rochester Rhinos 14-7-11 53 (56)
2018 (34-match season)
Team Record Points
FC Cincinnati 23-3-8 77 pts
Louisville City 19-6-9 66 pts
PGH Riverhounds 15-5-14 59 pts
Chas. Battery 14-6-14 56 pts
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