Nashville started out on the front foot, possessing the ball well in Charlotte's half and testing keeper Curtis Anderson more than once. However, it was Charlotte who opened the scoring. In the 15th minute, forward Dominic Oduro was played through and isolated Liam Doyle. The MLS veteran attacker beat him on the dribble before rolling a beautifully placed shot past a stranded Connor Sparrow.
Nashville answered eight minutes later. Charlotte's Curtis Anderson spilled shots from Alan Winn and Kharlton Belmar, the second which landed right in front of Lebo Moloto, who poked it home from 5 yards out. Moloto was pretty clearly offside, but the goal stood and Nashville was back on level terms.
The rest of the half was dominated by Nashville, who finished the period with 66% possession and 11 shots.
The second half was a much more cagey affair, with Charlotte still pressing forward at times, but in general much more content to sit back and keep Nashville from scoring. Gary Smith made three attacking substitutions, brining on Ropapa Mensah, Darnell King, and Tucker Hume, but Nashville still couldn't manage to pull ahead.
In a match where Nashville had plenty of chances, a 1-1 draw against the then-17th placed side in the East is a frustrating result for a side with title aspirations. Charlotte, who lost to amateur side Florida Soccer Soldiers midweek in the Open Cup, move up into 16th place with the draw. Nashville remain in fourth with a record of 5-3-3. They're back in action midweek, on the road against Birmingham Legion FC.