Three Things to Know: Nashville SC vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
NASHVILLE - The Boys in Gold have already produced a week's worth of drama.
After winning on Tuesday with a deflected goal in stoppage time and clinching a USL Championship playoff berth Wednesday, Nashville SC is back at it Saturday to take on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. Kickoff at First Tennessee Park is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT, presented by AMI.
Tuesday's win placed Nashville in third in the Eastern Conference standings, but the top of the standings is crowded with clubs within a few points of one another. The start of the playoffs is in sight, and each matchup moving forward has major playoff implications. That begins this Saturday at First Tennessee Park.
Here are three things to know about the match:
1 ) Fan-Friendly Pricing
First Tennessee Park is the place to be this Saturday with great deals on tickets, merch and concessions. For all three remaining home matches at the stadium, fans can take advantage of low prices on their match-day favorites including $2 32 oz. Souvenir Sodas, $5 draft beers, $25 and $40 merch grab bags and $5 standing room only tickets for Saturday's match. Click here for more information on fan-friendly pricing.
2) Climbing the Ladder
Nashville SC currently sits in third in the Eastern Conference with 54 points, holding on to a top-four playoff spot, which would guarantee a home playoff match. A win Saturday could push the club to as high as first place depending on other results. However, a loss could see Nashville SC fall into a tie for fourth place with Pittsburgh. With so few matches left in the season, every point counts, and Nashville SC will look to put pressure on the top clubs with a victory.
3) Ryan James Returns
Saturday will mark the return of former Nashville SC Defender Ryan James to First Tennessee Park, the first time he'll return since departing the club at the conclusion of last season. James, who now plays for Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, started 11 matches with Nashville SC, totaling 30 clearances and notching 32 interceptions in his 16 appearances. James has excelled with Pittsburgh after reuniting with his former head coach Bob Lilley. He has two assists on the year to go along with 65 interceptions. The Canadian left back might feel a bit at home this Saturday, but Nashville SC will look to make sure it isn't an ideal homecoming.
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