Player Ratings: Hartford Athletic vs Nashville SC

Nashville SC beat Hartford Athletic 3-2 on Sunday, coming back from behind for the second consecutive week. 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: Made three saves, including a great save with his left foot to deny Angulo from the penalty spot. Maybe could have got down quicker to block Dalgaard's header, but overall it was a strong performance.

Kosuke Kimura - 7.0: Played a more attacking role than he usually does, completing 85% of his passes and putting in several good balls into the box. Replaced by Belmar after 72 minutes.


Darnell King - 8.0: With Bourgeois suspended and Tribbett injured, the fullback/winger filled in admirably at right centerback. Denied Hartford a certain goal with an acrobatic goal line clearance that made an appearance on Sports Center's Top 10. Needed to get tighter on Dalgaard and make him fight for the header, but otherwise an impressive showing.


Liam Doyle - 7.0: Perhaps he was beaten a little too easily by Downs in the buildup to King's save, but otherwise solid.


Justin Davis - 7.0: Played on the left of a back three but got forward well, almost playing as an auxiliary center midfielder at times. Had a couple decent looks on goal and got this assist for the winner with a good ball to Lancaster's feet.


Taylor Washington - 7.5: Had acres of space on the left and put in some great service to the forwards.


Michael Reed © - 7.5: His passing consistency has really improved recently. He completed 87% of his passes against Hartford, some of them really good in the final third. Hit a rocket of a volley that looked to be on target before it was blocked.


Matt LaGrassa - 7.5: Sat deeper than Reed, and moved the ball really well, finding the channels well in Hartford's half.


Lebo Moloto - 8.0: Got Nashville back on level terms with a left footed strike that was much harder to pull off than it looked. Had seven total shots and only managed to put one on target, but had some good passing moments, especially in the second half.


Daniel Ríos - 8.5: After being held scoreless in consecutive matches for the first time in his career, he got back on the scoresheet to give Nashville an early lead. His holdup play was spectacular, drawing the attention of Hartford's centerbacks and allowing Mensah to get in space.


Ropapa Mensah - 8.5: The best player on the pitch for the second straight week. Anticipated Due's pass really well to open the scoring, and caused Hartford all kinds of trouble with smart off the ball movement and aggressive runs. Gary Smith called for more consistency from him midweek, and he responded really well. In undroppable form at the moment.


SUBS:


Cameron Lancaster - 8.5: Replaced Mensah in the 68th minute, and again was active from the start. Took four shots, all of them on target, and scored the winner with an absolute rocket from 25+ yards. It was probably the best goal in Nashville's short history, and he's scoring goals every time he gets on the field.


Kharlton Belmar - 7.0: Came on for Kimura after 72 minutes and played as a right wingback. Never got super involved, but helped keep the game open with his pace.


Bolu Akinyode - N/A: On for Moloto in the 87th minute to help shore up the result.


MANAGER:


Gary Smith - 8.0: Had to deal with injuries and suspensions on the backline, and got his tactics right. Despite the fact that Hartford scored twice, Nashville actually limited them offensively for the most part. He was aggressive with his substitutions, not settling for a draw. His team took 32 shots, the second-highest single match total in league history. Critics will still label him a defensive coach, but he's doing everything he can to prove that it's a lazy narrative.


After 15 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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