Player Ratings at FC Cincinnati [Playoffs]

Matt Pickens - 8.0: Wasn't as busy as you'd expect against the best attack in the country, but came up with four saves and wasn't at fault for Bone's goal. Didn't have much of a chance on any of Cincinnati's penalties. Kosuke Kimura - 8.0: Put in some decent service into the box, particularly to Ropapa Mensah. Covered the right flank really well and denied Cincinnati space. Came off for Ish Jome in extra time. Bradley Bourgeois - 9.0: Strong defensively all night, helping to stifle Cincinnati's attack. Got a fortunate deflection on his equalizer, but deserves credit for attempting a somewhat audacious shot. Liam Doyle - 9.5: The best player on the field. Made 13 clearances and had Adi in his back pocket all night. Buried his penalty kick really well. His best performance of the season. Justin Davis - 8.0: Pushed farther forward than any of Nashville's other center backs and left a bit of space behind him. Made several key defensive interventions and was pretty solid most of the night. Missed the decisive penalty for Nashville, failing to keep his shot down and blasting it over the bar. A disappointing end to an otherwise solid season. Taylor Washington - 8.0: Had his hands full defensively with Ledesma and Hoyte both on his side, so he wasn't able to get into the attack as much as he regularly does. Put in some good service before he was taken off in the 105th minute. Matt LaGrassa - 7.0: Had a surprisingly poor performance after a good run of form. Wasn't effective going forward and struggled to complete several simple passes, creating a lot of turnovers in poor positions. Redeemed himself a bit with some smart interceptions and a well-taken penalty, but not one of his better showings. Bolu Akinyode - 8.0: Wasn't as involved as his midfield partner, but did his job well and moved the ball quickly. Taken off for Howell in the 110th minute. Ropapa Mensah - 8.5: Nashville's standout attacker. Consistently popped up in threatening areas, setting up Winn with a cheeky heel flick that should have resulted in a goal. Had a great chance to score from 12 yards, but frustratingly put his shot straight at Richey. Later, had a fantastic curling effort rattle the bar. An inch lower would have sealed the win for Nashville. He had a fantastic final month to close out his 2018 season, and has a lot to build on in 2019. Tucker Hume - 7.0: Couldn't keep his hot streak against Cincinnati going, looking largely isolated in the first half and ineffective in the second. Came off for Allen after 74 minutes. Alan Winn - 8.0: Really dangerous down the left wing. Created five chances and completed an impressive 91% of his passes. Missed a chance that he should have buried right after the break, and had a few blatant dives that wasted promising attacks. Sent Allen through on goal late in the game, but the finish went missing. Converted his penalty calmly.  SUBS Brandon Allen - 7.0: Brought on with 26 minutes in regulation to spark Nashville's attack. Had a golden opportunity to win the game in the 118th minute, but saw a  rather poor effort saved. He absolutely should have scored there to win the game and avoid a shootout. He put his penalty away with composure, but it wasn't enough to make up for that miss. Ish Jome - 6.5: Replaced Kimura in the 98th minute and was pretty invisible. Overall, pretty disappointing this season. Kris Tyrpak - 8.0: Replaced Washington after 105 minutes and made a solid impact, assisting Bourgeois with a smart layoff and putting his penalty away in the top corner. Ramone Howell - 7.5: Came on for Akinyode with 10 minutes to play in extra time and pushed farther forward in search of an equalizer. A decent cameo.

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