NASHVILLE, TN - It took another late winner, but Nashville grabbed all three points in dramatic fashion over Louisville City.
Gary Smith set up his side in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Taylor Washington and Ropapa Mensah providing width behind Daniel Ríos.
Mensah picked up the match where he left off, driving the ball at the defence and playing in a low cross. Ríos couldn't get a touch to put it in the net, but Justin Davis was there to cut it back to Taylor Washington, who made a late run into the box before smashing a left footed strike into the top corner. His second goal in Nashville colors left keeper Chris Hubbard completely stranded and gave Nashville a huge lead to start the match.
The first half saw both sides trade chances, with Louisville dominated possession in their usual style. Tempers started to flare before the break, with Darnell King and Brian Ownby getting into it after King picked up a booking for a late challenge.
The second half got progressively more chippy, with scuffles breaking out after almost every foul. Nashville had a great opportunity to get a second goal in the 50th minute, but Ríos couldn't keep his shot down after a cross found it's way to him in a crowded box, skimming his shot off the crossbar.
Louisville continued to press and possess, and eventually their persistence paid off. Substitute Antoine Hoppenot cut a cross back from the right goal line. Matt Pickens dove to clear it but missed, and Jimmy Ockford's only managed to clear it as far as the six-yard-box, where the 6'2" Luke Spencer was there to head home from point blank range.
It looked like another draw at home for Nashville, but deep into second half stoppage time, Jimmy Ockford got onto the end of a 60 yard free kick from Forrest Lasso and looped a header perfectly over Chris Hubbard to secure all three points for Nashville. The win moves Nashville into second place, just one point behind Pittsburgh Riverhounds. They'll take on seventh-placed North Carolina FC on Saturday at Nissan Stadium.