#NSHvFCD: Five Facts You Need to Know
Sixth-place FC Dallas (6-4-6, 24 points) visits ninth-place Nashville SC (5-6-6, 21 points) today, Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 7:30PM CT. It's the third of four meetings between the teams this season.
Details You Need to Know:
Gameday Social: #NSHvFCD
TV: 7:30PM on FOX Sports 1
Streaming: 7:30PM CT on FOX Sports Go App, FOXSportsGo.com
Radio: 7PM CT on FCDallas.com/Radio (English) and1270AM (Spanish),
Next Home Match: FC Dallas hosts Inter Miami CF on Oct. 28 at 7:30PM CT at Toyota Stadium in a match presented by Pepsi.
5 Things to Know about #NSHvFCD
Homegrown midfielder Tanner Tessmann is enjoying a strong debut season after signing his first pro contract on the eve of FCD's 2020 season opener (which he started). The rookie has made his presence known in midfield, starting in five of Dallas' six wins so far this year. A versatile player, Tessmann typically plays as the box-to-box #8 in Luchi's three-man midfield but cameoed as the defensive anchor in place of Thiago Santos against SKC. Whether he stays in defensive midfield or moves further forward into his traditional midfield spot, expect Tessmann to play an important role in Nashville.
Defender Ryan Hollingshead has returned to his 2019 goal-scoring form. The left back finished as the highest scoring defender in MLS last season, but didn't find the back of the net in Dallas' first 10 games of this campaign. Since then however, Hollingshead has scored two in his last six outings and is providing that crucial scoring threat from the left flank once again.
FC Dallas could be entering the matchup with Nashville with a chip on its shoulder. The two teams faced off in back-to-back games at Toyota Stadium in their first taste of action since the COVID-19 season postponement. Nashville got the better of FCD in the first game after substitute David Accam scored a late winner to hand the expansion side its first-ever MLS win. The rematch ended in a scoreless stalemate meaning Dallas took just one point over the two games. While there were mitigating circumstances, it's certainly not the overall result FCD would have wanted and the squad could well be wanting a bit of revenge as they take on Nashville for a third time.
FC Dallas all-time regular season record against Nashville stands at 0-1-1 (0 goals scored, 1 against). Today's game mark's the first time Dallas will play Nashville away at Nissan Stadium.
Nashville SC is one of two expansion teams that joined MLS beginning with the 2020 season. Nashville previously competed in the USL Championship, the second tier of the American soccer pyramid. The club has enjoyed a strong debut season and currently sits in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, one place above the playoff line.
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