Nashville SC traveled to South Carolina and lost 3-1 to a very good Charleston Battery side. Below are our collective evaluations of each player's performance.
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 by 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 - 7.0: Wasn't at fault for any of Charleston's goals, and made a couple of impressive saves, including one to parry a rocket from Anunga past the post. Let down by his defenders on multiple occasions.
Darnell King - 5.5: After a strong debut last weekend, he had a poor showing in Charleston. Out of position on van Schaik's opener. Tried to play the offsides trap but completely lost Bosua for the second goal. Not much production going forward. Don't be shocked if Kimura comes back into the starting lineup next week.
Bradley Bourgeois - 6.5: A surprise start in place of Ken Tribbett. While he's been blamed by fans for the poor showing, he was actually pretty decent. Maybe could have done better to clear the initial cross on van Schaik's opener, but not directly at fault for any of Charleston's goals. Completed a nice 88% of his passes and led the team in tackles, including a fantastic sliding challenge at the end of the second half. He'll probably be benched for Tribbett next week, but was the best of Nashville's defenders in this match.
Liam Doyle - 6.0: Stepped into midfield and let Lewis/Bosua get behind him for Charleston's second and gave away a needless foul to give away the free kick from which van Schaik scored. Not an awful performance, but well below his usual high standards. He should bounce back quickly.
Justin Davis - 6.0: Not a lot to say about this one. Pretty average. Could have been shown a second yellow on multiple occasions. He may see Washington threaten his spot next week.
Kharlton Belmar - 5.5: Totally lost track of van Schaik on the opener and had his least productive attacking performance of the season. Could be rested in favour of Winn or Mensah this weekend.
Michael Reed © - 5.5: Worked hard. Other than that, sloppy with the ball, out of position defensively, and didn't contribute anything going forward. If Nashville are going to continue with a two-man midfield, they'll need more consistent production centrally, and Reed hasn't shown that yet.
Matt LaGrassa - 7.0: Got forward decently well and created three chances. His ideas didn't always pan out, but he was willing to take risks to break down Charleston's defense.
Lebo Moloto - 5.5: Started both halves fairly well, and almost scored with an attempted cross that came close to sneaking in. He faded out of the game several times, and he still seems to take too many touches in the final third - his final ball just hasn't been there. He's also had a few really poor tackles this season, including one early in the first half that could have been a red card. It may be time to give him a break and see what Winn or Mensah can do.
Daniel Ríos - 7.0: Didn't get the greatest service and was unfortunate to see so many of his shots blocked. Bailed out a bit with the late penalty kick, but despite a relatively poor game, he still scored. Third in the eastern conference golden boot race.
Tucker Hume - 5.5: Held in check really well by Charleston's center backs, specifically Taylor Mueller. Not his night.
Alan Winn - 6.0: Replaced Moloto after 67 minutes and was a slight improvement. Brought pace and directness to the match, and earned the penalty kick at the very end. May be in line for a start.
Ropapa Mensah - 6.5: Brought a spark off the bench and worked hard to make things happen in the final third, even if it didn't come off. He may get a start in the next few weeks, but he's really good off the bench.
Cameron Lancaster - 6.0: Replaced Belmar in the 74th minute. Never got super involved, but played a nice pass to Winn to set up the penalty kick. Once he gets back to full health he could revitalize this attack.
Gary Smith - 6.5: Made the strange choice to bench Tribbett away to a team that is always strong at home. Bourgeois wasn't individually poor, but the defense as a whole was off. Nashville created some good chances, and Charleston finished really well, so a 3-1 scoreline is a little harsh. The result wasn't solely on Smith, but with the talent he has available, he should do better.
After six 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.