NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The crowd at First Tennessee Park was already in a festive mood before kickoff with the knowledge that Nashville SC had claimed a place in the 2018 USL Cup Playoffs, but was then treated to a six-goal thriller by the hosts and 2018 USL Regular Season champion FC Cincinnati as Bolu Akinyode’s 90th-minute equalizer left the sides all square 3-3 on Saturday night.
A season-high crowd at First Tennessee Park of 9,083 fans filled the venue, with NSC Head Coach Gary Smith paying tribute to the club’s fans as it waited to see where its final position would land ahead of next weekend’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
“I know for sure the players have been delighted and overwhelmed to be working in front of them,” said Smith. “I do honestly think that facing the supporters’ section in the second period always helps the ground, and we scored two goals at that end today again as well. It’s been I would say a humbling experience this season as we’ve seen in the last 34 games plus Open Cup. I’ve enjoyed it immensely.
“The players have made a tremendous connection with the fans, and I genuinely hope that we have the opportunity; there are a couple of things that can happen tomorrow that will pop us up another spot to sixth and I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that happens because I do honestly think there’s an opportunity here to get a home game, and I’d just love to see a playoff game here. It would be great.”
Here are some of the sights and sounds from Nashville’s regular-season home finale on Saturday night.
Special thanks to the Traveling Bailey family last night, you came with full voice for 90 minutes and the draw got the boys 23 straight unbeaten. The next 4 game season starts today, see ya next week for the Playoffs. Get home safe. @fccincinnati @ThePrideCincy @ThePrideNorden pic.twitter.com/zkPH9tRst6— Marshall Law (@ChrisMarshall_) October 14, 2018