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Nashville SC, MLS’ Newest team, comes to Columbus for a first look


NASHVILLE – The Boys in Gold are back at it.

Nashville SC travels to Columbus, Ohio to take on Columbus Crew SC this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. CT. Columbus is currently atop the Eastern Conference, bolstered by a deep attack and a stalwart defense that has conceded just four goals all season.

Meanwhile, Nashville enters this match riding a four-match unbeaten run and coming off of a 4-2 thrashing of Atlanta United FC last weekend.

Here’s everything you need to know about this Saturday’s match.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 19
Time: 6:30 p.m. CT
Location: MAPFRE Stadium
TV: MyTV30
In-Market Stream: YouTube TV, AT&T TV,
Out-of-Market Stream: ESPN+
English Radio: ESPN 94.9
Spanish Radio: El Jefe 96.7
Broadcast FAQs

First Place Foes - Saturday’s match could be Nashville SC’s toughest test yet. Columbus currently sits in first place in the Eastern Conference, while also boasting the league’s best goal differential at +14. Crew SC has also conceded just four goals in its 11 league matches so far this season.

Head Coach Gary Smith says this will be a tough test against a club that does almost everything well, but he’s also confident his club will be ready for yet another big clash on the road.

“Their goal scoring record is good, which tells us they got good dimensions,” Smith said. “They defend well, which means that they’re probably a very genuine group and of course gathered this confidence over a period of time. But if you look at the way we’ve performed away from home, if you look at the most recent run of four games where we’ve gone away, we’ve come back on, we’ve kept ourselves in decent shape. We’ve continued our improvement as I’ll keep reinforcing. And we will ourselves believe, of course, that there’s something to be gotten out of this game, there’s no doubt about it. We’ve been to some difficult places under difficult circumstances, and this will be yet another test for us in difficult surroundings.”

Forwards Moving Forward - Ahead of Nashville SC’s match against Atlanta United FC last weekend, Smith said he was looking to his forwards and attacking players to get the ball rolling in terms of goal production.

Smith’s wishes came true as attackers Dominique BadjiHany Mukhtar and Abu Danladi all opened their Nashville SC accounts on the night. He says he hopes to see that progress continue even against the league’s best defense.

“We saw Dominique, Hany, and Abu all in our front line for the first time in any game scoring multiple goals, which is always great to see,” Smith said. “We’re seeing Hany getting into more aggressive areas, building that relationship with Dominique and Daniel [Ríos] and the stellar forwards in the group. He himself, just looking at him, is in a more confident place.”

Familiar Friends on Defense – Both of Nashville SC’s center backs have a high level of familiarity with Columbus’ top forward Gyasi Zardes.

Walker Zimmerman has played with Zardes during multiple U.S. Men’s National Team camps and against him in MLS clashes over the last few years. Dave Romney was Zardes’ teammate at LA Galaxy from 2015 to 2017.

Romney says he’s ready to face his old friend from California.

“I got to play against him for three years, so I’d like to think I know where he’s going to go some of these times and where he likes to run,” Romney said. “But he’s also a good finisher. He’s going to get two or three chances a game and you know he’s going to put at least one or two of those away. He’s got eight goals this year already. He’s got confidence right now and he’s going to be a tough task, but I think me and Walker are definitely ready to play against him this weekend.”



MLS’ newest team, Nashville SC invades the league’s best in Crew SC tonight

2020 MLS Regular Season – Week 12
Columbus Crew SC vs. Nashville SC
MAPFRE Stadium – Columbus
September 19 – 7:30 PM ET


LOCAL TV: MyTV30, SportsTime Ohio

Columbus Crew SC look to extend an unbeaten streak to five games Saturday night at MAPFRE Stadium when they face a confident Nashville SC squad coming off a resounding 4-2 victory over Atlanta United. .

Crew SC (7W-1L-3) rallied from a two-goal deficit to draw Chicago Fire FC at Soldier Field Saturday to remain first in the Eastern Conference table, while Nashville SC (3W-4L-3D) moved above the playoff line win the win over the Five Stripes.

Columbus Crew SC

Crew SC climbed out of a two-goal hole to earn a road point following a 2-2 draw with Fire FC Saturday. Although conceding as many goals in four minutes as they had to that point of the season, Fatai Alashe and Gyasi Zardes scored second-half goals to secure a share of the points. It was an uncharacteristic slow start, but outside of the first 20 minutes, Caleb Porter loved what he saw from his squad.

“We’ll be better from that 20 minutes and these are lessons you need to learn along the way: you absolutely need to learn them,” Porter said. “The other lesson we learned is we can come from behind and find a way, even on the road down two goals, to grind out a point.”

  • Updated team roster
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Vito Wormgoor (D) – ankle injury
    • OUT: Fanendo Adi (F) – undisclosed injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Lucas Zelarayan (M) – undisclosed injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty: None


Nashville SC

Dax McCarty had a goal and two assists, helping lead Nashville’s first multi-goal game in their 10-match MLS history and also had some sage advice for Atlanta’s Miles Robinson, who said in the leadup to the match that the Five Stripes had better players on their team.

“But I have to say: a little bit of unsolicited old man advice for Miles Robinson,” McCarty said. “I think he’s got tremendous talent. I think the future for him is extremely bright. But when your team is going through a tough time … their team is not in a good place right now, and their team is struggling. So for me, if I can give Miles a little bit of advice I would say to him: Talent is only so valuable and it’s only going to take you so far. Especially in this game. Especially in soccer because there’s so much more to the game than talent.

“So when you’re going through a tough time I would say that things like character, things like hard work, things like humility, they go a long way to help get your team out of a tough time. For us, we continue on our path. Regardless how teams look at us, we’re not going to let it affect us in our locker room.”

  • Updated team roster
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Jimmy Medranda (D) – hip injury
    • OUT: Ken Tribbett (D) – calf injury
    • OUT: Randall Leal (M) – undisclosed injury
    • OUT: Abu Danladi (F) – undisclosed injury
    • OUT: David Accam (M) – undisclosed injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: Daniel Lovitz (D)
  • International duty: None

Series Matchup at Crew SC

  • This is the first all-time meeting between Columbus Crew SC and Nashville SC.


  • Referee: Silviu Petrescu
  • Assistant Referees: Andrew Bigelow, Matthew Nelson
  • 4th Official: Calin Radosav
  • VAR: David Gantar

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Season Stats

Columbus Crew SCNashville SC
11 Games Played 10
7 Wins 3
1 Losses 4
3 Draws 3
18 Goals 9
4 Goals Conceded 11
101 Shots 101
47 Shots on Target 45
139 Fouls committed 138
159 Fouls suffered 114
17 Offside 11
62 Corners 48

Goals Scored

0 1 2 3 4+ Total Avg
CLB 5 3 1 2 0 18 1.6
NSH 4 5 0 0 1 9 0.9

Goals Conceded

0 1 2 3 4+ Total Avg
CLB 8 2 1 0 0 4 0.4
NSH 4 2 3 1 0 11 1.1



Cincinnati Bearcats opens season today at Noon against Austin Peay


Luke Fickell UC FTB coach 2020 Opening Game Preview Austin Peay 9 19 20 (14:41)

CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati football team opens 2020 on Saturday, Sept. 19 against Austin Peay at Noon ET inside Nippert Stadium. The game will be televised by ESPN+ and air on 700 WLW AM. The Sept. 19 season opener is the latest start for a UC season since the Bearcats opened the 1968 campaign with a Sept. 21 road game at Texas Tech.

Luke Fickell and his Bearcats are one of the favorites in the American Athletic Conference

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, no fans will be allowed in the stadium on gameday except for immediate family members of players and coaches from Cincinnati and Austin Peay. Limited numbers of UC’s spirit groups from band, cheer, dance and the Bearcat mascot will be socially distanced in the stands but not performing on field.

Head Coach Luke Fickell
Record at Cincinnati 26-13 (Fourth Year)
Overall Record 32-20 (Fifth Year)


Interim Head Coach Marquase Lovings
Record at School 0-2 (First Year)
Overall Record Same

Facility Nippert Stadium
Capacity 40,000
Radio 700 WLW AM / Sirius 81 / XM 81 / Internet 81
Series Record UC leads 6-0
At Cincinnati UC leads 6-0
Last Meeting Aug. 31, 2017 – UC W, 26-14

UC closed 2019 with an American Athletic Conference East Division Championship, a win in the TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl and the No. 21 spot in all three major polls (AP, USA Today, CFP). The Bearcats won 11 games for only the fourth time in school history while the back-to-back 11-win seasons in 2018 and 2019 occurred for only the second time in UC’s 132 seasons of football. Eleven student-athletes earned all-conference honors including a school-record seven first teamers.

The Bearcats and Governors meet for the seventh time with all six matchups occuring at NIppert Stadium. UC leads the all-time series 6-0. The last game came in the 2017 opener, Head Coach Luke Fickell‘s first game at Cincinnati.

Luke Fickell, the 2018 American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, starts his fourth season at UC. He has led UC to back-to-back 11-win seasons, the 2019 AAC East Division Championship along with consecutive bowl-game wins in the 2018 Military Bowl and 2019 TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl. A veteran of 20 years in the FBS ranks, Fickell has been a part of two national championship squads, nine conference title-winning teams (seven as a coach, two as a player at Ohio State) with 16 postseason games and 13 NFL Draft selections under his belt.

Marquase Lovings was named Austin Peay’s interim head coach in July 2020. He joined the Governors staff a associate HC/defensive line In 2019. Prior to joining APSU, Lovings spent time seven years at Nicholls State and previously coached at Louisiana and Mississippi State.


  • UC starts its 133rd football season in 2020. The Bearcats program dates to 1885 and is one of the 10 oldest in the NCAA FBS. UC has won a league title five times in the last 13 years and has played 11 bowl games in the past 14 years.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UC lost games at Nebraska and vs. Miami (OH) and Western Michigan. The APSU game was moved from Sept. 3 to Sept. 19 and the Bearcats will play Army West Point on Saturday, Sept. 26 in Nippert Stadium. No fans will be allowed in the stadium, except for immediate family members of players and coaches.
  • UC has won five-straight American Athletic Conference FB Team Academic Excellence Awards from 2015-20.
  • During the 2019-20 calendar year, UC was the only school in the NCAA FBS to play for a conference title in MBB (winter 2019), lacrosse (spring 2019), baseball (spring 2019), volleyball (fall 2019), football (fall 2019) and WBB (winter 2020).
  • Fifteen states and four countries are represented on UC’s 2020 roster, which features nearly 62 percent (77/125) Ohio natives, including 31 from Cincinnati. Eighty-three of UC’s 125 players (66.4 percent) are sophomores or below.
  • UC is 22-5 since 2018, ranking among the Top-10 teams in CFB in winning percentage during that span (.815).





Austin Peay Football Game Notes: Governors visit Cincinnati today at Noon; only playing 3-game Fall Schedule


QB Jeremiah Oatsvall leads the Governors offense

DB Kordell Jackson leads the defense













CINCINNATI – Austin Peay State University’s football team wraps up its abbreviated fall schedule with an 11 a.m.,

Saturday road contest at nationally-ranked Cincinnati. The early kickoff will be broadcast on ESPN+.

The Governors return to the field after opening the college football slate at the August 29 Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff where they saw a late comeback effort thwarted by Central Arkansas. Cincinnati opens its 2020 schedule seeking to build on a 2019 campaign that saw it win the Quick Lane Bowl and finish with an 8-5 record.


  • Cincinnati was picked to finish second in the American Athletic Conference preseason poll, just three points behind preseason favorite UCF.  It is the second-straight season Cincinnati has been picked behind the Knights.
  • Another tough defense awaits the Governors. Cincinnati returns 13 of its top 15 tacklers from a 2019 team that led the AAC in scoring defense (20.6 ppg). Safeties Darrick Forrest and James Wiggins were named to the Nagurski Trophy Watch List as candidates for the National Defensive Player of the Year. They were joined by cornerback Ahmad Gardner on the Thorpe Award Watch List for top defensive back.
  • While the defense grabs the limelight, the Bearcats offense churned out nearly 400 yards per game last season. Running back Gerrid Doaks returns as does offensive lineman James Hudson – both earning recognition on Athlon Sports’ Preseason All-AAC list.
  • It’s not often a punter grabs a headline, but Cincinnati’s James Smith deserves the nod. Boasting a career 43.5 punting average, he was named to the Ray Guy Award Watch List this season for top punter.
  • Cincinnati brings a 13-game home win streak into its season opener against Austin Peay. The Bearcats last loss at Nippert Stadium was Nov. 10, 2017 to Temple.


In this most unusual of football seasons, Austin Peay will be facing an opponent opening its 2020 campaign. And when the yet-to-be-announced spring schedule begins, it is likely the Governors will help four teams open their season. It’s a vast difference from the original 2020 schedule when APSU was slated to be the homecoming opponent for five opponents.

Austin Peay returns 14 starters (7 offense/7 defense) from the starting lineup at 2019 season’s end. Offensively, the Govs will have to replace leading rusher Kentel Williams (1,414 all-purpose yards) but return 2019 season-opening starter Jeremiah Oatsvall at quarterback. Defensively, the Govs lost a starter on each of its position groups, the biggest loss being free safety Juantarius Bryant (107 tackles). Meanwhile, the Govs will field a new group of kickers after losing all three starters from 2019, including placekicker Logan Birchfield (103 points).

Redshirt junior quarterback Jeremiah Oatsvall returned to the QB1 spot for the 2020 season. The Brentwood native was injured just eight plays into Game 2 of the 2019 season, the first injury-shortened season of his career. One of only seven APSU quarterbacks with more than 3,000 career passing yards, he also ranks third in career rushing yards by a quarterback (970).

Seven Austin Peay athletes were recognized on the Preseason All-OVC teams released in July. Nickel back Kordell Jackson, the league’s 2019 Defensive Player of the Year, also was its preseason defensive pick. Wide receiver DeAngelo Wilson, who amassed a APSU record 1,564 receiving yards, was its Preseason Offensive Player of the Year.

Following Saturday’s contest, Austin Peay will turn its gaze toward the Ohio Valley Conference’s announcement of a spring 2020 schedule, on a date to be determined. The Govs will seek to defend their 2019 OVC Championship in what promises to be an exciting league slate.





Daily Almanac for Saturday, September 19, 2020