Nashville Sc Nas vs Atlanta United Fc Atl Picks and Predictions May 18th 2024

Nashville SC BeginPost-Gary Smith Eravs. Stumbling Atlanta


Struggling Nashville SC will look for guidance from Rumba Munthali on Saturday afternoon when they host Atlanta United. Nashville SC( 3-4-5, 14 points) parted ways with Gary Smith, the only trainer in the franchise’s Major League Soccer history, on Thursday.

Nashville SC’s Recent Changes

Coaching Transition

The move came just one day after Nashville secured a 2- 0 victory over short- handed Toronto FC, snapping a 1-4-2 slump. Shaq Moore, who scored his first career MLS goal in the 81st minute, praised the team’s defensive commitment.” It’s been our identity since I have been here and before I got here,” Moore said.” That is something we really wanted to get back to.”

Munthali, 45, has been Nashville’s player development trainer since arriving from Sporting Kansas City in 2023. He’ll serve as the interim trainer while the club quests for a permanent replacement.

Nashville SC’s Recent Performance

Defensive Commitment

Nashville SC will test their luck against Atlanta( 3-6-3, 12 points), which lost 1- 0 to FC Cincinnati on Wednesday, extending its winless streak to seven matches( 0-4-3). The Five Stripes are also 0-3-2 on the road this season.

Atlanta United’s Recent Performance

Struggles and Determination

” These are things that are n’t X’s and O’s,” Atlanta goalkeeper Brad Guzan told the Atlanta Journal- Constitution.” These are things that, it’s got to hurt more to lose than the joy of winning. It’s got to hurt. We need to, excuse my language, but we need to roll our sleeves up and be frickin’ men about this.”

Injury Updates

Crucial Absences

Adding injury to insult for Atlanta United, Thiago Almada sustained a mild calf strain on Wednesday and has been ruled out for Saturday’s match. Striker Giorgos Giakoumakis is also dealing with a hamstring injury, putting his availability in jeopardy. Giakoumakis leads Atlanta with five goals, while Sam Surridge has five goals for Nashville.

Key Players and Performances

Nashville SC

Shaq Moore’s performance against Toronto FC, including his first MLS goal, highlights his significance to Nashville’s defensive and offensive play. The team’s commitment to their defensive identity will be crucial in securing a positive result under interim trainer Rumba Munthali.

Atlanta United

Giorgos Giakoumakis and Thiago Almada have been crucial contributors for Atlanta, but their implicit absences due to injuries could significantly impact the team’s attacking options. Atlanta will need other players to step up in their absence.

Upcoming Match Context

Significance of the Match

As Nashville SC and Atlanta United prepare for their clash, both teams are eager to secure a victory to ameliorate their standings and overcome recent challenges. Nashville aims to start a new chapter positively under interim trainer Munthali, while Atlanta seeks to end their winless streak and find adaptability on the road.


With Nashville SC beginning a new era without Gary Smith and Atlanta United grappling with injuries and a winless streak, Saturday’s match promises to be a crucial hassle for both teams. Key players’ performances and strategic adaptations will be essential as they battle for important- demanded points. Fans can anticipate an engaging and competitive match as these Eastern Conference rivals meet in Nashville.

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O 2.5
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U 2.5
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