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Nashville SC vs. Houston Dynamo | 2020 MLS Match Preview

2020 MLS Regular Season Week 14
Nashville SC vs. Houston Dynamo
Nissan Stadium – Nashville
September 26 – 3:30 PM ET

TV: Univision, TUND

STREAMING: Twitter in US

After beating D.C. United Wednesday night, Nashville SC are seeking a second consecutive Nissan Stadium win against a Houston Dynamo squad winless in their last four in the first-ever meeting between the sides Saturday night in the Music City.

Nashville SC (4W-5L-3D) are ninth in the Eastern Conference, two points above the playoff line, while the Dynamo (3W-4L-6D) are two points below the line in the West following a 4-0 loss to the Chicago Fire Wednesday. 

Nashville SC

It was a memorable night for Daniel Rios, the 25-year-old first-ever Nashville SC signing, scored his first MLS goal, which proved to be the 70th-minute winner in a 1-0 victory over 10-man D.C. United Wednesday night. The expansion side are trending upward in recent weeks, with a W-1L-2T mark in their last six games and are unbeaten in their last four at Nissan Stadium.

"The guys have done a wonderful job of setting a good tempo without any fans and that momentum they can bring and I do believe they're growing in confidence game by game," Gary Smith said after the match. "There's do doubt in my mind, whilst Houston are extremely effective with some wonderful front line players, we've shown here that we're very, very capable and I'm sure they'll know they have a tough task on their hands."

Project Starting XI
  • Updated team roster
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Jimmy Medranda (D) - hip injury
    • OUT: Ken Tribbett (D) - calf injury
    • OUT: Abu Danladi (F) - undisclosed injury
    • OUT: David Accam (M) - undisclosed injury
    • OUT: Dom Badji (M) - undisclosed injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty: None

Houston Dynamo

After three wins in a row, the Dynamo's winless streak extended to four matches Wednesday night with a 4-0 loss to the Fire at Soldier Field. It is Houston's most lopsided defeat since a loss by the same scoreline against Sporting Kansas City in Week 2.

"We didn't have a good game from the beginning," Tab Ramos said. "We lost balls in the middle of the field that we paid for. We knew from the beginning that we couldn't lose the ball in the middle of the field, that we could afford to go long and over the top and sort of win the second balls. But once we had a couple of turnovers in the beginning, the tide turned right away."

Project Starting XI
  • Updated team roster
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Michael Salazar (F) - right knee injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Wilfried Zahibo (M) - right thigh injury
  • Suspended: Kiki Struna (D)
  • Suspended after next caution: Maynor Figueroa (D), Boniek Garcia (M), Matias Vera (M), Memo Rodriguez (M)
  • International duty: None

Series Matchup at Nashville SC

  • This is the first all-time meeting between Nashville SC and the Houston Dynamo

Officials

  • Referee: Rubiel Vazquez
  • Assistant Referees: Corey Rockwell, Cory Richardson
  • 4th Official: Kevin Broadley
  • VAR: Guido Gonzales Jr.
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Current Form

Nashville
W
D
D
W
L
W
Houston
W
W
D
L
D
L

Season Stats

Nashville SCHouston Dynamo FC
12Games Played13
4Wins3
5Losses4
3Draws6
10Goals20
13Goals Conceded23
124Shots132
52Shots on Target65
171Fouls committed154
135Fouls suffered147
12Offside26
55Corners56

Goals Scored

01234+TotalAvg
NSH56001100.8
HOU63211201.5
01234+Avg
NSH040011.6
HOU112101.6
01234+Avg
NSH520000.3
HOU520011.5

Goals Conceded

01234+TotalAvg
NSH52410131.1
HOU53302231.8
01234+Avg
NSH212001
HOU221000.8
01234+Avg
NSH312101.1
HOU312022.4
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