NASHVILLE (KXAN) — Austin FC heads to Nashville Sunday for its sixth of eight straight road games to open its inaugural 2021 Major League Soccer season.
Verde will get a good look at what an expansion team can accomplish in its first MLS season when it faces Nashville SC.
Overcoming a stop-start 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nashville reached the playoffs as an expansion team and made it to the Eastern Conference semifinals last season. The run ended against the Columbus Crew.
Austin is in need of points after scuffling over the last two weeks with losses at Sporting Kansas City and the Los Angeles Galaxy. ATX FC is currently in tenth place out of 13 teams in the Western Conference standings with six points out of a possible 15.
Austin FC defender Hector Jimenez suffered a medial collateral ligament (MCL) sprain in his left knee last week against LA. There’s no timetable for his return. Team captain Alex Ring will return to the lineup after serving a one-game suspension due to a red card in the Sporting KC match.
Where to watch
Austin FC at Nashville SC
When: Sunday at 8:25 p.m.
Where: Nissan Stadium (Nashville, Tenn.)
Watch: FS1 (National)
Listen: ALT 97.5 FM
Listen: TUDN Radio Austin (104.3-HD2, KLQB)
About Nashville SC
Nashville SC has started the 2021 season undefeated, but has left points on the table in a majority of its matches. The second-year franchise has one win and four draws during its first five matches.
The team is enjoying some home-cooking during the first stretch of the season, playing five of its first six games at home.
Last week, Nashville and Real Salt Lake went 90+ minutes without a goal, settling for a 0-0 draw in Nashville’s first road trip of the season.
The second-year franchise’s only win came two weeks ago at home against New England.
MLS Western Conference Standings