Player Ratings: Nashville SC vs. Atlanta United 2

Nashville SC capped off it's last USL regular season match with a 3-0 drubbing of Atlanta United 2. 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 - 7.3: Pickens' season ended the same way it began: with a shutout. The veteran earned his 14th clean sheet of the season on the night, good enough to warrant him the USL Golden Glove.


Darnell King - 7.3: Another steady performance from King. No reason why he, along with the rest of the lineup listed below, won't be included in Nashville SC's first round playoff match.


Jimmy Ockford - 7.3: Ockford's ability to read plays and keep the Atlanta offense limited proved vital again in the clean sheet effort.


Forrest Lasso - 8.5: Pretty rare to see a center back have the second most chance shots and shots on target, but Lasso's height allowed him to create matchup problems on crosses and set pieces. That proved true on Nashville's first goal courtesy of a Lasso header.


Justin Davis - 7.6: Davis' corner set up Lasso's first goal, further cementing his place as this team's most dangerous distributor on set pieces.


Bolu Akinyode - 9.1: Nine tackles. 92% passing accuracy. An assist on one of Daniel Rios' goals. Yep, just Bolu doing Bolu things.


Matt LaGrassa - 8.1: LaGrassa also made his presence known in the midfield, recording five tackles of his own and completing 93% of his passes.

Alan Winn - 7.3: Winn was threatening again flying down the flanks, and created a few opportunities that were potent. If he gets a few more chances to create like that, defenses are going to have a long day against Nashville in the playoffs.


Lebo Moloto - 7.6: Although it's hard for Lebo to replicate his performance last week at Nissan Stadium, he still was on point with his distribution and play-making ability.


Ropapa Mensah - 6.5: Logged one half of action before making his way to the bench due to the scoreline at the half, but still put in decent work during his time on the pitch with a couple of shots.


Daniel Rios - 9: One had to assume Rios' goal slump wouldn't last forever, and he was one goal away from claiming the USL golden boot and becoming the first player in Nashville SC history to record a hat trick. Still a great performance to create momentum heading into the playoffs.


SUBS


Taylor Washington - 7.3: Washington took the place of Mensah for defensive purposes at halftime. You can expect him to continue to play a big role for the Boys in Gold moving into the playoffs.


Cameron Lancaster - 7: Saw his first action since Sept. 22 against Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Wasn't much of a factor in front of goal, but still good to see him get some minutes in relief of Rios.


Derrick Jones - 7: Jones seems to have found his role as a defensive presence off the bench for Nashville. It remains to be seen if that role will be expanded moving into the playoffs and MLS next year.


MANAGER


Gary Smith - 7.3: Although he technically wasn't present on the sideline, Smith still has seemed to provide the winning formula and formation, and it was only a matter of providing the game plan to his assistants.

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