After five consecutive draws, Nashville SC took another crucial hit to their potential playoff run by suffering a 1-0 defeat against the Philadelphia Union.

While both Nashville and Philadelphia have 49 points, Saturday’s result put the Union up to second in the Eastern Conference table, leaving Nashville in third. 

“If you’re going to trouble their goal, if you’re gonna beat those teams, you’ve got to have a few players step forward and make the difference,” Nashville SC head coach Gary Smith said. “At the moment, we’re far too reliant on CJ Sapong and Hany Mukhtar.”

While Nashville SC were hot in the summer, they have cooled off in the fall, posting a 3-2-5 record since a 3-1 home win over New York City FC on September 3. The club’s 16 ties so far this season is the second most in a campaign in league history.

With a trip to rivals FC Cincinnati on the horizon this Wednesday, they need three points now more than ever in order to help secure a playoff spot for a second consecutive season.

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