Nashville, TN- Nashville SC ended their 4 match win streak after failing to beat Bethlehem Steel in a 0-0 draw. It was a night, ultimately, of missed chances both on the field and in the league. Tampa Bay dropped 3 points at home to Birmingham and a win would have pulled Nashville with in two points of second. Here is how it all took place:
Due to the injury of captain Michael Reed, Coach Gary Smith was forced to name a changed lineup for the first time in 5 games. Alan Winn and Kosuke Kimura were both rested, paving the way for Ropapa Mensah and Darnell King to start.
The first half was fairly quiet after the first 6 minutes. Nashville SC was able to get off several shots but were unable to get any of them on target. The best chance of the half came off a Zachary Zandi shot in the 24th minute.
Nashville played down the right hand side for the majority of the first half with Darnell King making several overlapping runs and after staring out with on the left Kharlton Belmar switched side with Mensah. Daniel Rios was kept quiet for the first half only getting 19 touches. The Steel had similar success back in June with keeping Rios quiet.
Coach Smith started the second half by bringing on Alan Winn for Kharlton Belmar. He continued with Mensah on the left and Winn on the right. The results of the substitution were felt almost immediatelty as Winn was able to pull wide and create Space for Rios to begin to find his footing.
At the 63rd minute, the offense really started to get clicking. Lebo Moloto had a shot saved by Morton, that was followed up in the 65th with an Ockford header. Lebo Moloto's best chance came in the 68th minute when his header was cleared off the line.
After the goal line clearance, Nashville SC failed to create many meaningful chances for the remainder of the game. Nashville had one more shot saved off the line that came from a free kick earner by Alan Winn.
On the whole, Nashville out shot Bethlehem 19 -4 with 14 of those shots coming in the second half. Nashville was in control for the entire evening but were unable to capitalize on the opprtunites they created for themselves. Bethlehem did a great job keeping Rios quiet for the majority of the evening. Full Stats can be found below: