Player Ratings: Birmingham Legion vs Nashville SC

Nashville SC drew Charlotte Independence 1-1 on Saturday. Below are our collective evaluations of each 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.


Matt Pickens - 7.5: Wasn't tested a ton, but made three saves, including a really good one to deny Chandler Hoffman in the first half.


Darnell King - 7.0: Pushed forward well, and had some decent service into the box. Left Bourgeois on his own a couple times, though.


Bradley Bourgeois - 7.5: Replaced Liam Doyle in the lineup, and did mostly well. Had a poor touch that nearly led to a Birmingham goal, but otherwise had a solid performance.


Ken Tribbett - 7.5: Solid passing out of the back, and stopped a few Birmingham attacks before they became really dangerous.


Justin Davis - 7.0: Defensively strong and good with the ball at his feet.


Michael Reed © - 7.0: Moved the ball well, but could have done more to break down Birmingham's packed defense.


Bolu Akinyode - 7.0: In typical fashion completed a high percentage of his passes, but didn't get on the ball as much as he should have.


Kharlton Belmar - 7.0: Found plenty of space on the right, was often isolated and struggled to put consistent service into the box. Had a great chance to score early in the first half, but took a potentially unnecessary touch and saw his shot saved.


Matt LaGrassa - 7.5: Played in a more advanced role as the no. 10. Worked hard as always, but had trouble breaking down Birmingham and getting Ríos involved.


Alan Winn - 8.0: Continued his good run of form, causing Birmingham all kinds of problems on their right flank, and doing really well to draw the penalty.


Daniel Ríos - 8.5: Played the role of a target forward really well, despite being surrounded by multiple defenders whenever he touched the ball. Was actually able to link play well, completing 79% of his passes and leading the team with three shots and three key passes (passes leading directly to a shot). Took the penalty really well for his eighth goal of the season.


SUBS:


Derrick Jones - 7.0: Brought on for Bolu Akinyode in the 64th minute, and got forward to better effect. Was able to get on the ball frequently and took more risks with it. His passes didn't always come off, but the ideas were there.


Taylor Washington - 6.0: Replaced Winn in the 71st minute, and typically ran hard and opened up space on the wing. Needed to be more assured with his passing, though.


Ropapa Mensah - N/A: On for Belmar in the 83rd minute. Didn't get super involved.


MANAGER:


Gary Smith - 7.0: It wasn't the attacking performance he would have hoped for, but Birmingham set up well to stifle Nashville's attack. This was his team's 6th match in 18 days, and he deserves credit for going on the road against a fairly desperate team and earning a point.


After 12 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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