Nashville SC vs Columbus Crew: A Preview
The Major League Soccer campaign continues with matchday 15, and Nashville SC will host the Columbus Crew at GEODIS Park for the first time. Nashville is currently on a six-match unbeaten run in the league, moving them up to second in the Eastern Conference. On the other hand, the Crew is holding onto a wildcard spot despite losing their previous domestic affair.
Nashville’s Strong Defense and Individual Quality
Nashville has been in fine form domestically, with a strong defense that has conceded fewer goals than any MLS side in 2023 thus far. They have only allowed multiple strikes in a league fixture once all year. The individual quality of Hany Mukhtar has been their recipe for success since entering the league in 2020, with the reigning MLS MVP scoring nearly half of their goals so far in the regular season.
Columbus’ Balanced Attack and Injury Concerns
Columbus has been much more balanced under Wilfried Nancy, with 13 players having at least one goal, and nine having one goal involvement or more. However, they have dropped six points on the road this season when scoring the opening goal. The team is also facing injury concerns, with Josh Williams and Milos Degenek nursing ankle issues, and Will Sands, Eloy Room, and Kevin Molino all having knee injuries.
In conclusion, Nashville’s strong defense and individual quality, along with Columbus’ balanced attack and injury concerns, make for an interesting match. Despite the absence of international center-back Walker Zimmerman, Nashville looks equally sharp and resolute. We expect them to hold the Crew in check this weekend.
Keywords: Nashville SC, Columbus Crew, Major League Soccer, Hany Mukhtar, Wilfried Nancy, MLS MVP, defense, attack, injury concerns.
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