Nashville bounced back after their midweek loss to Tampa Bay Rowdies, putting on an attacking clinic against Swope Park Rangers.
Smith made three changes to the side that lost midweek, and switched to a 4-2-3-1 formation after several games in a 3-5-2. Alan Winn got his first start of the year on the left wing, and Lebo Moloto returned to the XI in the no. 10 role.
Nashville got on the board quickly with a well-worked set piece. Liam Doyle headed a free kick back across the goal for a wide open Daniel Ríos to tap home.
Eight minutes later, Ríos scored again, heading in a great cross from Kharlton Belmar. It was Belmar's first assist of the season.
Nashville addd a third through Alan Winn just three minutes later. Ríos was playd through in the box, and put the ball across the face of goal. Winn made no mistake with the finish, slotting the ball through Zendejas's legs for his first goal of the season.
Nashville continued their scoring form in the second half. In the 55th minute, LaGrassa played a beautiful ball over the top for Belmar, who beat Zendejas with a calm finish.
Swope Park pulled a goal back through Felipe Hernandez. The young midfielder hit a low, driven shot straight down the center of Matt Pickens's goal. He may have seen it late, and the ball was moving, but it's one he probably should have saved.
Lancaster hit the post in the 77th minute, before tapping in from a yard out after Zendejas spilled a LaGrassa shot.
After a couple stagnant attacking performance, Nashville displayed some much needed creativity in the final third. All three of Nashville's big attacking acquisitions got much-needed goals, Belmar for the first time all season. It's the type of performance that can jumpstart a struggling team.
The win pushes Nashville up to 4th place in the East, and their five goals mean only New York Red Bulls II (22) have scored more.
Nashville will have a good opportunity to continue this run of form, taking on a struggling Charlotte Independence in their next league match next Saturday. They'll take on South Georgia Tormenta FC 2 (USL League Two) in the Open Cup on Tuesday night in Murfreesboro.