Player Ratings: Atlanta United 2 vs Nashville SC

Nashville SC conceded twice in the final five minutes to draw 2-2 in Pittsburgh. Below are our collective evaluations of each player's individual performance:


Guidelines:

  • A rating of 6 denotes and average performance. Each player starts out with a 6 and their performance either adds or subtracts from that rating.

  • Scores are determined after rewatching the match and looking at the stats, and are the averaged total of each Speedway member's ratings.

  • Players must have been on the pitch for at least 10 minutes to receive a score. Players who come on later than the 80th minute are ineligible for a rating.



Connor Sparrow - 8.0: Wasn't incredibly busy, but made a few saves, including a spectacular save in second half stoppage time to preserve the clean sheet.


Kosuke Kimura - 7.0: Like most of Nashville's defense, sat back more in the second half and limited Atlanta's options from wide areas.


Bradley Bourgeois - 7.5: Started a third consecutive match and really shut down Atlanta's attack. He's turned into a really consistent passer of the ball. His ball over the top set Ríos up for the best chance of the match.


Ken Tribbet - 7.5: Read the game really well to cut out opportunities before they even materialized.


Justin Davis - 7.0: Replaced Doyle as the left-sided center back and did a great job defensively. The pitch made it difficult to pass the ball, but he did play a few aimless passes.


Taylor Washington - 7.0: Pushed forward more than Kimura and found good pockets of space on the left. The poor conditions made it tricky for the team to get him the ball a few times.


Bolu Akinyode - 7.5: Managed to keep the ball well, despite the poor conditions. Key to limiting Atlanta's attack.


Matt LaGrassa - 8.5: Couldn't have taken his goal any better. Pitched in defensively, even if his passes didn't always come off.


Michael Reed © - 7.0: Moved the ball well and got the forwards involved, creating a couple of chances. On the receiving end of a bad challenge from Campbell that drew a red card.


Daniel Ríos - 7.0: Missed a golden chance to open the scoring in the opening 15 seconds, but took an extra touch before missing his shot. Limited by the pitch quality and defensive approach after the delay, but held the ball up well.


Kharlton Belmar - 7.0: Ran hard and found pockets of space. At some point, he needs to deliver an end product for all the promise he's showing.


SUBS:


Lebo Moloto - N/A: Replaced Reed after 82 minutes. Initially it seemed like the perfect match for a player of his qualities, but the poor conditions limited his effectiveness during his eight minute shift.


Ropapa Mensah - N/A: Brought on for Belmar after 84 minutes. Tracked back well defensively but never really got involved.


Ropapa Mensah - N/A: Not enough time to make an impact, coming on for Ríos in the 90th minute.


MANAGER:


Gary Smith - 7.5: Sent out a very attacking side, but switched to a much more defensive setup after the weather delay with a two-goal lead. Probably the right call just to survive playing in a swamp and come home with three points.


After eight matches, here's how Nashville SC's squad has performed. Agree or disagree with our assessment? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter.

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