NASHVILLE, TN - Despite playing up a man for 50 minutes, Nashville SC couldn't conjure up a goal against a stout Pittsburgh defense.
Nashville SC was hit with two late additions to the injury report, as Forrest Lasso missed out with a tight hamstring and Ropapa Mensah was ill. However, Cameron Lancaster made a late push after his initial "out" status and was included in the squad.
As Gary Smith predicted after the Birmingham match, it was a cagey affair, with only five shots between the two sides in the first half. Nashville had the better of the chances, though, including a well-taken turn from Daniel Ríos, who brought the ball down well but was disappointed with the finish.
Nashville had another good first half chance from Moloto, but the big talking point of the opening period was the red card shown to Pittsburgh's Tobi Adewole. The defender lunged in on Ken Tribbett with his studs exposed, but the replay showed minimal contact with the player. Referee Farhad Dadko showed Adewole a straight red and the Riverhounds were forced to play with 10 men for the remainder of the game.
The second half saw Nashville push hard for the winner, with Gary Smith bringing on Alan Winn at halftime to try and take advantage of the extra man. Nashville dominated possession in the second half, and created several notable chances late in the half, but Pittsburgh's defense held strong and Nashville couldn't break the dam.
On a night where several sides around Nashville dropped points, a win would have had a massive boost on Nashville's race for first place in the Eastern Conference. With Tampa Bay's win, they drop to fourth in the table, three points ahead of Pittsburgh with an extra two matches played. They'll travel to 16th placed Loudoun United next Saturday.