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Nashville SC visits winless Earthquakes

Apr 9, 2022; Kansas City, Kansas, USA; Sporting Kansas City defender Graham Zusi (8) is upended after making a play for the ball against Nashville SC forward C.J. Sapong (17) during the first half at Children's Mercy Park. Mandatory Credit: Peter Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Peter Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville SC aim to match their longest winning streak in club history Saturday afternoon when they visit the winless San Jose Earthquakes.

Nashville SC (3-2-1, 10 points) returned from a two-week break with a 1-0 victory over the Columbus Crew on April 2 and a 2-1 triumph versus Sporting Kansas City last week.

Hany Mukhtar set up a goal in all three of those matches to boost his team-leading assist total to four on the season.

C.J. Sapong scored his club-best second goal of the campaign last Saturday for Nashville SC, who previously won three in a row from Aug. 28 to Sept. 11, 2021. Also, in their inaugural season, they won their final regular-season game and then earned victories in their first two postseason appearances.

Nashville SC coach Gary Smith doesn’t envision his team taking its foot off the gas on the heels of a strong start to its season-opening eight-match road trip.

“I think there’s more to come from the group,” Smith said, according to the Tennessean newspaper. “What we are seeing is a team that is gaining tremendous understanding, rhythm and confidence out of some really, really tough road games.”

While Nashville SC have ascended in the standings, the Earthquakes (0-4-2, 2 points) find themselves in the basement following their worst six-match start in club history.

“We are working on the mistakes that we are doing, and we are working on the good things as well,” San Jose midfielder Jan Gregus said. “The only (way that this) can change is through hard work and the commitment, and we are committed every single day. I believe it’s just a matter of time when results start to change.”

Gregus’ four assists are tied with Mukhtar for second best in the MLS, one behind Raheem Edwards of the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Jeremy Ebobisse followed up scoring a goal in San Jose’s 2-2 draw against Austin FC on April 2 by scoring two more last Saturday in a three-minute stretch during a 4-3 setback to the Houston Dynamo.

–Field Level Media