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Loudoun United goalkeeper Earl Edwards Jr. makes a play on a ball in the box during the first half of Saturday's match against Nashville SC.

Loudoun United FC fell 2-0 to Eastern Conference co-leader Nashville SC on Saturday night in a USL Championship match played in front of an announced crowd of 2,012 at Segra Field in Leesburg.

Nashville SC (17-7-7, 58 points) received goals from Daniel Rios in the first half and Ropapa Mensah in the second half. Mensah assisted on Rios' goal.

Loudoun United totaled 10 shots in Saturday's match but were unable to find the back of the net. LUFC slipped to 7-16-6 in their inaugural season.

"Proud of the effort. We created more than enough I thought to get a result," Loudoun United head coach Ryan Martin said. "We played some very good soccer at times, some good attacking stuff. We just need to be a little bit better in some areas but proud of the group."

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Loudoun United's Antonio Bustamante attempts to fend off a slide tackle and keep possession of the ball.

Loudoun United's Kevin Paredes, a 16-year-old midfielder, made his first professional start Saturday night. The South Riding resident made his professional debut as a reserve in Wednesday's 4-1 win over Swope Park Rangers.

Loudoun United hosted Gold United night on Saturday in partnership with Team Mathias and the Max Cure Foundation to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer.

Next up for Loudoun United is a home match Tuesday night against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. Ticket information at loudoununitedfc.com.

More photos by Pete Felber

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