Loudoun United fell, 2-0, to the first-place Nashville SC on Saturday.
Despite the shutout loss, Coach Ryan Martin said he was pleased with the way team played against a veteran team stacked with players with MLS experience.
“I’m proud of the effort. We created more than enough, I thought, to get a result. We played very good soccer at times, very good attacking stuff. We just need to be a little bit better in a couple of areas,” Martin said.
The games don’t get easier this week. On Tuesday, Loudoun takes on second-place Pittsburgh, followed on Friday by fourth-place Tampa. “We’re getting the big boys back to back to back,” Martin said.
He said the focus of his young team remains getting better as individuals and as a group. “We’ll just keep pushing forward and hopefully put a good performance together and hopefully get a better result. We feel we should have gotten a better result in Pittsburgh”—a 1-0 loss on Aug. 23.
The announced attendance at Saturday’s match at Segra Field near Leesburg was 2,012.
Loudoun is 7-16-6 and ranked 16th in the USL Championship’s Eastern Conference. The team has five games remaining on the season, four at home.