June 30, 2018 — First Tennessee Park (Nashville, Tenn.)
NSC – Brandon Allen (Alan Winn) 19′
NSC – Alan Winn (Lebo Moloto) 45’+3
NSC – Lebo Moloto (Ropapa Mensah) 84′
ATL – Yellow Card – A.J. Cochran (88′)
|Matt Pickens||Justin Garces|
|Kosuke Kimura||Shawn Nicklaw|
|Taylor Washington (Matt LaGrassa 72′)||José Hernández|
|Justin Davis||Andrew Kendall-Moullin|
|Liam Doyle||A.J. Cochran|
|London Woodberry||Oliver Shannon|
|Michael Reed||Laurent Kissiedou|
|Lebo Moloto||Kevin Barajas (Alessandro Castro 66′)|
|Bolu Akinyode||Yosef Samuel (Lagos Kunga 72′)|
|Brandon Allen (Ropapa Mensah 77′)||Jon Gallagher (Blake White 84′)|
|Alan Winn (Ismaila Jome 62′)||Devon Sandoval|
Nashville SC routs Atlanta United 2 in 3-0 win
NASHVILLE — Back at home and back in the win column for Nashville SC. The club from the Music City routed Atlanta United 2 3-0 in front of almost 9,000 fans at First Tennessee Park on Saturday night.
Goals from Brandon Allen, Alan Winn and Lebo Moloto and another shutout from Matt Pickens all contributed to the victory over Atlanta United’s second team. Nashville SC picked up a much needed three points vaulting back into the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference.
90 in a nutshell
Nashville SC got on the scoresheet early in the 19th minute when a Winn cross found the foot of Allen, who tapped it near the far post for an easy marker. Allen had multiple chances throughout the first half and would have had a second if not for the quick hands of Atlanta keeper Justin Garces.
Just before the halftime whistle, Nashville caught Atlanta on the counter, with Moloto threading a pass to Winn who brought it back to his right foot and found the net. It was Winn’s third of the season and gave him a goal with the assist.
In the second half, Atlanta tried to find its way back into the game, but the Nashville defense and Pickens hung tough, denying United 2. Late in the half, it was Moloto’s turn to add a goal with an assist as he took a Ropapa Mensah ball and curled it home from the top of the box. It was a dagger from Nashville and insured the three points remained with the home team.
Nashville SC head coach Gary Smith
“Alan was terrific, he was very positive, involved in an awful lot of creation and of course got an assist and a goal. I’m not sure I could have asked for much more of a performance. He came off because he’s not had bundles of football. He had a terrific hour and it was time to really inject some energy.”
One goal and one assist. In his first start since June 9, Alan Winn showed why he is one of Nashville’s most dangerous players, throwing multiple dangerous passes into the box, recording an assist and getting a goal himself.
Nashville jumped over Indy Eleven and Louisville City FC and into third place with the three points tonight. They are just two points away from second place, which is currently occupied by Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC.
Nashville has its premier summer game as it will take on fellow MLS market FC Cincinnati on July 7 at Nissan Stadium, followed by a fireworks show.