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Atlanta United vs. Nashville SC prediction, odds, line: Soccer expert reveals 2022 MLS picks, May 21 best bets


Regional rivals square off in an intriguing MLS match on Saturday evening. Nashville SC welcomes Atlanta United FC to Geodis Park for the second time in less than two weeks. This is the first MLS match between the squads this season, however, and the sides had a pair of draws in 2021. Atlanta United is No. 7 in the Eastern Conference with 15 points, with Nashville SC entering at No. 6 in the Western Conference with 18 points.

Kickoff in Nashville is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists Nashville SC as the +107 favorite (risk $100 to win $107) in its latest Nashville SC vs. Atlanta United odds. Atlanta United is a +280 underdog, a draw is priced at +225, and the over-under for total goals scored is set at 2.5. Before locking in any Atlanta United vs. Nashville SC picks, you need to see what SportsLine soccer insider Brandt Sutton has to say.

Sutton, a former collegiate soccer player, has been SportsLine's top soccer editor for nearly five years. He has followed soccer closely for much longer and factors in managerial tactics, projected lineups and past performances to make the most-informed decisions possible, keeping his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe. Sutton has also been on a roll with his best bets, going 79-57 in his last 136 soccer picks, returning over $1,500 for $100 bettors.

Now, Sutton has broken down Atlanta United vs. Nashville SC from every angle and just revealed his MLS picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see his picks. Here are the betting lines and trends for Nashville SC vs. Atlanta United.

  • Nashville SC vs. Atlanta United money line: Nashville +107, Atlanta +280, Draw +225
  • Nashville SC vs. Atlanta United spread: Nashville -0.5 (+100)
  • Nashville SC vs. Atlanta United over-under: 2.5 goals
  • Nashville SC vs. Atlanta United tickets: See tickets at StubHub
  • Nashville SC: Won last two matches against Atlanta United
  • Atlanta United: Lost five of six matches on the road
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    Why you should back Atlanta United

    Atlanta United has a rest advantage against Nashville SC, with the visitors enjoying nearly a full week between matches. Atlanta United is above-average as an attacking squad, posting 17 goals in 12 matches and 1.55 goals per 90 minutes. Atlanta United has the best pass completion percentage in MLS at 83.8, including 90.3 percent on short passes, and a league-leading 68.2 percent on long passes. 

    Atlanta United also has plenty of star power and creation from Ronaldo Cisneros. Cisneros is No. 3 in the MLS with 0.81 goals per 90 minutes this season, and he also ranks in the top five in expected goals per 90. 

    Why you should back Nashville SC

    Nashville SC is in strong form. The club has only one loss in the last five matches in MLS play, in contrast to only one victory for Atlanta United over the same sample size. Nashville SC has also won its last two matches against Atlanta United with a 3-0-2 record in the last five matches in the series. Beyond that, Nashville SC is on an incredible hot streak at home. Nashville SC has a home unbeaten run of 23 consecutive matches across all competitions, and Nashville SC went undefeated at home in 2021, a feat accomplished by only seven clubs in league history. 

    This season, Nashville SC is 2-0-1 with a +1.19 expected goal differential per 90 minutes, the best mark in the Western Conference. From there, Atlanta United has lost five of the last six, including three in a row, away from its home venue. 

    How to make Nashville SC vs. Atlanta United picks

    Sutton has analyzed the Atlanta United vs. Nashville SC match from all sides. He's locked in a pair of strong best bets, one on the side and another on a prop he loves. He's only sharing those picks here.

    So who wins Atlanta United vs. Nashville SC? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to see the best bets for the Nashville SC vs. Atlanta United match, all from the soccer expert who is 79-57 in his last 136 soccer picks, and find out. 


    Source: Atlanta United vs. Nashville SC prediction, odds, line: Soccer expert reveals 2022 MLS picks, May 21 best bets

    Shannon Boxx makes her way to National Soccer Hall of Fame


    Shannon Boxx’s soccer journey nearly made a detour to the softball field.

    “My mother, being a single parent, was like, ‘Unless you get a scholarship, you will be going to a JC,’” Boxx said. “My sister (Gillian) had already gotten a scholarship in softball to go to Cal Berkeley and was like. ‘That’s your ticket.’”

    “My mom said, ‘You should probably start playing club softball, you should focus more on softball because that’s where your opportunity is.’ I tried and I did and I went and started doing both and realized, ‘I don’t love this. I love soccer.’”

    Boxx said that was her junior year of high school at South Torrance, where she was a four-sport athlete (soccer, volleyball, softball and basketball).

    Despite her success, she knew early that soccer was the path she was meant to pursue.

    “It was then that I said, ‘This is what I want to go for and I’m going to do everything that I can to make it successful.’ And I’m so glad that I did,” she said.

    Boxx’s journey led her to Notre Dame, where she led the Fighting Irish to the 2005 NCAA Championship and eventually a fixture on the U.S. women’s national team.

    On Saturday, Boxx, 44, reaches another milestone in her career, entering the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Her sister Gillian will introduce her.

    Boxx made her first international appearance in 2003 at 26 and went on to record 195 in her career. She was a three-time Olympic Gold Medalist (2004, 2008, 2011) and made four World Cup rosters (2003, 2007, 2011, 2015). She retired at 38 on July 27, 2015, just 22 days after the U.S. defeated Japan 5-2 in Vancouver to capture its third World Cup title.

    “I always knew I was a good player,” she said. “In college, I never thought I was the best player. I knew that there were players that were way better than me, but one thing I knew that I always had, I was consistent.

    “I was tougher than most. My non-traditional way of playing, it wasn’t pretty, but it was effective.”

    Professionally, Boxx played in the W-League, WUSA (Women’s United Soccer Association), WPS (Women’s Professional Soccer) and the NWSL.

    She started her professional career in Germany after ending a stellar collegiate career at Notre Dame. Upon returning to the United States, Boxx said she was grateful there was a league to come home to.

    “I think that’s one thing that’s so amazing about elite athletes,” Boxx said. “Everybody has their own journey of how they became successful. Mine is definitely not your typical path, but I would say even just to think about my legacy, I think my legacy holds around the idea that I’m that poster child for women’s professional leagues here in the United States.

    “If we did not have a professional league in 2003, I would never have been noticed. I would have gone to a great school, Notre Dame. I did well there, I went to play in Germany and I came home to nothing. I think for me, I’m that person that’s showing if you invest in the women’s game and you create opportunities for us to be successful, that league it was able to let me build my skill set and also the skill set that I already had and it allowed me to make an impact on the national team.”

    Her 195 appearances are the most by a Black woman for the U.S. national team. That impact is still being felt with the national team becoming more diverse in recent years.

    “There were definitely times when I was on national team that I looked around and I’m the only person here of color,” she said. “For me, it was just a big weight that I was willing to have, but I remember feeling like when we’re signing autographs, I’m searching for those kids that are of color because I want them to know that they can do this.”


    Source: Shannon Boxx makes her way to National Soccer Hall of Fame

    How Hendersonville soccer reestablished itself as a state contender under Alex Tummons


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