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Nashville SC hope to start another long unbeaten run on Sunday if they host DC United from Nissan Stadium.
The Black and Gold players remained nine games without loss before losing a 2-1 win to Inter Miami last week, while DC have won three of their previous four games, including a 2-1 win over CF Montreal.
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The second newest team in MLS has been finding ways to get results all season, but last weekend wasn’t one of their nicest moments as Inter Miami dominated them when Nashville lost a point and conceded a goal in added time in South Beach .
Gary Smith were not satisfied with the defensive performance last Sunday, as the team with the second-lowest goals in the league just days after the goalless game against the highest-scoring team, the New England Revolution, only for the second time this year.
Nashville put on several formidable defensive performances prior to last week’s loss, scoring just two goals and conceding three goals in five straight games.
Smith will usually play with a back three behind his five midfielders who have done an excellent job for most of the year in limiting dangerous counterattacks that their opponents might attempt.
Nashville is currently fifth in the Eastern Conference and has the fewest defeats of all in the MLS (2), but they lead the league even in a tie (10) an extra gear in clutch situations could make this season even more successful for them.
It must be frustrating for fans to see them play so well against top teams like the Revsbut then inexplicably lose points to beatable teams like Atlanta, Toronto and the Herons.
A team on the rise in Major League Soccer right now has to be DC United, who put on two dominating performances last week, beating the Columbus Crew (4-2) and then showing a strong performance against Montreal where they did fired eight shots at the target.
They started the month of July with an emphatic 7-1 win over Toronto in what appears to have been a turning point for Hernan Losada and Co., who suffered only one defeat in the last six games and remained unbeaten five times in a row.
Their high pressure has paid off, as they go online much more often and DC is in the playoffs, currently with 27 points in sixth place in the Eastern Conference.
The black and reds are unbeaten in the last three away games and have scored six goals in that time. If you want to stay in the top 7, you have to collect points away from your game in the music city with a visit to New England three days later.
Three of the next four games are against teams currently in a playoff position in the Eastern Conference.
They need to be better against the top teams right now, having lost six of their eight games against teams currently in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
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Nashville is still missing Walker carpenter with a right Achilles tendon problem, and Alistair Johnston is questionable with a right ankle injury.
Joe Willis made a career with seven saves in their loss to Miami, Hany Mukhtar scored a career-high fifth assist of the season and Anibal Godoy made his first start since June 26th after recovering from an injury sustained in the Gold Cup with Panama.
CJ Sapong scored his sixth goal of the season last week and is second on the team in that category while David Romney continued his series of minutes played at 1,620 as he is the only player in franchise history to play all of his games every single minute.
DC United claimed strikers Ramon Abila Waivers from Minnesota United where he was loaned by Boca Juniors before being picked up by the Loons earlier this week.
Erik Sorga was loaned to VVV-Venlo in the Erste Divisie, the second division of Dutch football, Ola Kamara is second with 10 goals in the race for the Golden Shoe and Julian Gressel begins to take effect in the middle of the field, currently third in the MLS for important passes and second for expected assists.
Edison Flores and Bill Hamida Have problems with the thigh muscles, Brendan Hines-Ike fell out with a hip injury, Adrien Perez is care a foot problem, Russell Canouse has an ankle injury and Nigel Robertha has to recover from a groin strain.
Nashville SC possible starting line-up:
Willis; Romney, Washington, Lovitz; LaGrassa, McCarty, Anunga, Leal, Muyl; Sapong, Mukhtar
DC United possible starting line-up:
Kempin; Pear tree, brilliant, Alfaro; Gressel, Moreno, Martins, Mora; Arriola, Kamara, Paredes
Probability: Nashville SC 2-0 DC United
After their last loss that year, Nashville reacted well, scoring three goals to beat Toronto.
The black-reds have only won two away games this year and have not scored a goal three times.
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