Reality Check For Nashville In Charleston

Nashville were handed their worst loss of the season in South Carolina on Saturday night. Charleston handed Gary Smith's side a 3-1 loss that could have been much worse.



Smith sent out a mostly unchanged lineup from last week's win against Memphis to take on a Charleston side coming off a 3-1 loss to Bethlehem Steel. Center back Bradley Bourgeois was the only change, replacing Ken Tribbett, who had played every minute until that point.


Charleston opened the scoring with their first shot of the game. Jarad van Schaik left Pickens with no chance, hitting a scorching half volley from the top of the box.


After conceding, Nashville pushed hard for an equalizer, but could never quite find the final pass to break down Charleston's defense. Their best chance of the half was a cross/shot from Moloto that almost snuck in.


After the break, Nashville came out looking more proactive, controlling possession around Charleston's box and taking a few decent shots. They couldn't convert any, however, and conceded again in the 64th minute. Bosua got behind Bourgeois and Doyle after a fantastic through ball from Higashi for an easy finish.


Smith responded by throwing on Ropapa Mensah and Alan Winn, but it was too little too late. Charleston got a third in the 74th minute. van Schaik smacked a free kick off the bar. It looked like it had crossed the line (and may end up being credited to him), but Bosua buried the rebound to ensure the goal and the result.


Daniel Ríos pulled a goal back from the penalty spot after Winn was fouled in Charleston's box, but it was merely a consolation in the 89th minute. The Boys In Gold leave Charleston with their worst loss of the season, and a lot of questions on both sides of the ball. They head to Pittsburgh to take on the 11th placed Riverhounds next Saturday.

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