What to Watch for as Nashville SC Continues Road Swing against Inter Miami CFÃÂ
Nashville SC'sÂ (10W-3L-11D, 41 pts)Â four-match road tripÂ continues onÂ Wednesday nightÂ with a matchup inÂ South FloridaÂ againstÂ Inter Miami CFÂ (9W-10L-5D, 32 pts).Â
TheÂ Boys in Gold are looking to bounce back fromÂ a 2-1 lossÂ on Saturday on the road at Toronto FC.Â NashvilleÂ currently sits in second place in the Eastern ConferenceÂ with 10 matches remainingÂ in theÂ regularÂ season.Â
Here's everything you need to know aboutÂ Wednesday's match.Â
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 22Â
Time: 6:30 p.m. CTÂ
Location:Â DRV PNK Stadium (FortÂ Lauderdale, Fla.)
Stream: Click Here
English Radio: ESPN 94.9Â
Spanish Radio: El Jefe 96.7
Rebound andÂ RespondÂ -Â Nashville SC's defeat at Toronto FC on Saturday was just the club's third loss of the season, still the fewest in Major League Soccer this season.Â Even with the loss, the Boys in Gold areÂ seven points clear of theÂ playoffÂ lineÂ and four points clear of the home field advantage line.Â
Forward CJÂ SapongÂ said the team should learn from the loss without losing sight of the bigger picture of a long MLS season.Â
"I don't think we need to be too down on ourselves,"Â SapongÂ said.Â "It is only our third loss of the season. It gives us an opportunity to take lessons and build character to hopefully propel us through the post-season and beyond."
CJÂ 300Â -Â SapongÂ scored his 10thÂ goal of 2021Â in his 300thÂ career MLS appearance on Saturday in Toronto.Â The goal came onÂ the end of a fantastic connection between Hany Mukhtar and Randall Leal in the midfield before Leal laid a perfect cross to theÂ netfrontÂ forÂ SapongÂ to knock in.Â
SapongÂ gave credit to his teammates for setting him up for a goal on an important night in his career.Â
"It was easy for me,"Â SapongÂ said.Â "I thinkÂ RandallÂ and HanyÂ definitely did most of the work, found the spaces and once Randall broke through it was just me trying to stay on side and put the ball into empty net."
Scouting Inter Miami CF -Â This will be Nashville SC's third and final encounter with Inter Miami CF during the regular season.Â Nashville earned a 0-0 draw on May 2 against Miami before dropping a tough 2-1 contest on Aug. 8 inÂ FortÂ Lauderdale.Â The South Florida side enters this match after having its six-matchÂ unbeatenÂ streak snapped last Friday with a 4-0Â lossÂ at the hands ofÂ NewÂ York Red Bulls.Â
Prior to Friday's loss, Miami had put up four consecutive clean sheetsÂ during itsÂ unbeatenÂ run.Â They'll be up against a Nashville side that has been shut out just twice sinceÂ the start of July.Â
CatchÂ prematchÂ coverage starting at 6:00 p.m. on MyTV30 and NashvilleSC.com/stream.
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