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Race to First: Nashville SC move to within one point of Hounds

Photo courtesy USL Championship / Nashville SC

If this is any indication of what’s possibly in store in the final few weeks of the USL Championship’s regular season, it looks like the race for the top spot may come all the way down to the final match on the final day of the season.

On Tuesday, Nashville SC earned a big three points by beating defending USL Champions Louisville City FC, who were playing on just two days rest.

A 92nd-minute header from Nashville SC defender Jimmy Ockord gave his side a dramatic 2-1 victory over Louisville City FC on Tuesday night at First Tennessee Park.

Nashville moved to within one point of first-place Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC in the Eastern Conference standings.

Right now, Nashville and Pittsburgh have the inside track for a top-two finishes with two games remaining.

Pos. P W L T GD Pts Form
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC 32 17 4 11 26 62
Nashville SC 32 18 7 7 28 61
Indy Eleven 32 18 9 5 18 59
New York Red Bulls II 32 17 9 6 28 57
Tampa Bay Rowdies 32 16 7 9 29 57
Louisville City FC 32 15 8 9 11 54
North Carolina FC 32 15 9 8 21 53


Saturday, October 12 

Indy Eleven at Tampa Bay Rowdies (7:30 p.m.)

North Carolina FC at Nashville SC (8 p.m.)

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC at St. Louis FC (8 p.m.)

Wednesday, October 16 

Swope Park Rangers at Indy Eleven (7 p.m.)

NY Red Bulls II at Birmingham Legion (8 p.m.)

Saturday, October 19

St. Louis FC at North Carolina FC (7 p.m.)

NY Red Bulls II at Loudoun United (7 p.m.)

Atlanta United 2 at Nashville SC (8 p.m.)

Sunday, October 20

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC at Birmingham Legion FC (5 p.m.)


John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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