Player Ratings: Bethlehem Steel vs Nashville SC

Nashville SC beat Bethlehem Steel 4-1 on Sunday, coming behind to win a match for the first time in club history. 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.


Connor Sparrow - 7.5: Could do nothing to stop Chambers' free kick, and made four really good saves to preserve the lead.


Kosuke Kimura - 8.5: Got further forward than he typically does, and was a key part of Nashville's attack. Was rewarded for a strong performance with his first goal in nearly two years.


Bradley Bourgeois - 7.5: Fortunate not to be shown a red card for the foul that led to Bethlehem's goal, but otherwise solid defensively.


Ken Tribbett - 8.5: As usual, dangerous from set pieces. Took his headed goal really well, and really limited Bethlehem in the final third.


Justin Davis - 8.0: Got forward a lot from his left centerback role, and kept Bethlehem quiet down the left side.


Taylor Washington - 8.0: Played in his preferred left wingback role, and put in some really good service, creating three chances. Had several crosses that should have been finished, and was a key part of the buildup to Kimura's goal.


Michael Reed © - 8.0: Controlled the play in midfield, completing 91% of his passes. Had a couple decent attempts on goal from range. He's stepped up the past couple weeks.


Matt LaGrassa - 8.0: Got forward more than his counterpart, and he too was strong in possession, making 89% of his passes. Pitched in defensively with some good tackles, as well as a really late tackle that earned a yellow card.


Lebo Moloto - 8.5: At the heart of everything Nashville did in the final third. Created five chances and assisted Nashville's first two goals. One of his better performances in a Nashville shirt.


Daniel Ríos - 7.0: Held without a shot for the first time this season, primarily because James Chambers got really physical and man-marked him the entire time he was on the pitch. Held the ball up well, though, and drew the defense to him. Unfortunate to come off the pitch just as things were opening up.


Ropapa Mensah - 9.0: Involved in all four of Nashville's goal, scoring the second with a well-timed run and calm finish. His best performance for Nashville.


SUBS:


Cameron Lancaster - 8.5: Replaced Ríos in the 66th minute for his first league appearance in a month, and wracked up four shots in his 24 minute appearance. Tested Carlos multiple times from range before tapping in on an empty net for his third goal of the season.


Kharlton Belmar - 7.0: On for Moloto in the 78th minute and played in a more central role than he typically does.


Bolu Akinyode - 6.5: Replaced LaGrassa in the 79th minute and didn't have much to do.


MANAGER:


Gary Smith - 8.5: Had to make some late tactical adjustments with the last minute venue switch, and got them spot on. Dealt with the abysmal conditions well, and set his team up to target Bethlehem's weaknesses. Oh, and got his first ever comeback win for Nashville. This is the type of performance Nashville fans should expect every week.


After 14 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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