When Nashville SC welcomes CF Montreal to GEODIS Park Wednesday night, it will be a matchup with an interesting history.
Nashville (4-4-3, 15 points) has never lost to Montreal (6-3-2, 20 points). However, Montreal has never lost in Nashville, drawing in both of their visits to Music City, and is 2-0-2 all-time against Nashville.
Nashville (1-0-1 at home) is seeking a rebound at home -- where it is riding a 21-match unbeaten streak -- after losing 2-0 at the Houston Dynamo Saturday. It was unable to take advantage of a Dynamo team down a man for 55 minutes, and head coach Gary Smith was not pleased with the effort.
"The display from an awful lot of individuals that were on the team is nowhere near the standard that we've been able to set time and time again," Smith said post-match. "... The simple fact is against 10 men for (55) minutes, we were unable to show enough cutting edge, enough quality, enough good choices or inspiration."
Montreal (3-2-2 away) did not have any letdown Saturday evening against Charlotte FC, coming away with a 2-0 win in the Queen City. Montreal snapped Charlotte's four-game home winning streak and extended its own unbeaten streak to eight games with a third consecutive victory. Head coach Wilfried Nancy appreciated the effort by his players in a hostile atmosphere.
"I'm very happy with what the guys did tonight," Nancy said after the match. "It wasn't easy on an artificial field and in a stadium with a great atmosphere. ... We are on a good run and the credit goes to the players."
In order to keep the streak going, Montreal needs MVP candidate Djordje Mihailovic to continue his blistering start to the season. He netted his sixth of the season, a career best.
For Nashville, some lineup changes could be expected. Regular starters Dan Lovitz and Walker Zimmerman both came off the bench in the second half against the Dynamo while Hany Mukhtar subbed in at halftime. The Houston game was Mukhtar's first game he did not start, while it was the second for both Lovitz and Zimmerman.
All three of them played in Nashville's midweek 3-2 marathon victory over Atlanta United in the US Open Cup that lasted 120 minutes.
--Field Level Media