How To Watch and Match Preview: Nashville SC vs. Moca FC - Concacaf Champions Cup - 02/28/2024

With a comfortable advantage, Nashville SC seeks to solidify its place in the Concacaf Champions Cup Round of 16, but absences are a concern

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Nashville SC is on the brink of achieving a historic milestone in its journey. With a 3-0 lead on aggregate over Moca FC, the North American team is on the verge of securing their spot in the Concacaf Champions Cup Round of 16. This is a pivotal moment for the club and its supporters, but also a test of resilience and skill.

The second leg of this thrilling series is scheduled for Wednesday, February 28th, at 9:15 PM Eastern Time (6:15 PM Pacific Time), at GEODIS Park in Nashville, Tennessee. Fans can catch all the action live on television, with English broadcast on FS2 and Fubo channels, and Spanish broadcast on ViX. This extensive coverage ensures fans around the world can witness this crucial moment in Nashville SC's journey in the continental competition.

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Nashville's impressive performance in the first leg of the series was noteworthy. Designated players Hany Mukhtar and Sam Surridge shone, finding the back of the net within the first 25 minutes of the game. Seasonal reinforcement Tyler Boyd also made his mark, extending the team's lead late in the second half. These moments of excellence showcased the quality and determination of Nashville SC, who now seek to consolidate their position in the regional soccer scene.

It's not all sunshine for Nashville SC. Injury concerns loom over the team, especially regarding Mukhtar and Surridge. Both players were absent in the opening game of the MLS regular season after getting injured in the previous match against Moca FC. Mukhtar's thigh injury and Surridge's shoulder injury pose a challenge for coach Gary Smith and his technical staff.

The uncertainty surrounding the availability of these star players adds a layer of tension to the encounter. Mukhtar and Surridge's ability to defend the three-goal advantage at home is crucial to Nashville SC's ambitions in this competition. If they are absent or not in full form, the task of holding onto the result will become considerably more difficult.

On the other hand, Moca FC faces an uphill battle. With a 3-0 deficit, the chances of a comeback are steep. An aggressive approach from Moca FC could potentially unsettle Nashville SC. An early goal could completely change the dynamics of the game and put pressure on the hosts.

Furthermore, the recent expansion and rebranding of the Champions Cup for 2024 have added a new level of prestige and importance to the tournament. The winner will not only secure their participation in the FIFA Club World Cup 2025 but also have the chance to compete in the FIFA Intercontinental Cup 2024. This further raises the stakes for all teams involved, including Nashville SC.