Nashville SC picked up its first ever USL playoff victory against Charleston Battery Saturday to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals. Below are our collective evaluations of each individual 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 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: Recorded no saves, facing only one shot on target that was a converted penalty kick.
Darnell King - 7.5: Another good outing from King on the right side, where he continues to make opponents uncomfortable in their attacking efforts.
Jimmy Ockford - 8: Distribution out of the back was strong, and made it tough for Charleston to create chances in the middle near Nashville's box.
Forrest Lasso - 8: An rare mistake in the box by Lasso caused the referee to award Charleston a penalty and their lone goal. Otherwise, solid as usual.
Justin Davis - 8.5: Again provided great service on his set pieces and crosses, including the ball that found Daniel Rios' head on the second Nashville goal.
Bolu Akinyode - 8.3: Once again led the team in tackles (seven) and passing percentage (89%). We hate to sound like a broken record, but at this point, we know what we're getting out of Akinyode each week.
Matt LaGrassa - 8.3: Played a great pass to Lebo Moloto after Taylor Washington's challenge that helped lead to the opening goal of the match, as well as led the team in chances created with four.
Taylor Washington - 7.8: Made the initial challenge on the ball that led to Moloto's goal, as well as assisted on the final goal of the match in stoppage time that put the game on ice.
Alan Winn - 7: Second in total shots behind Rios, Winn made his presence known on the flanks. He still shows some indecisiveness on whether to pass or shoot once he beats his man.
Lebo Moloto - 8.5: His lone shot on target was the opening goal, that he was able to casually slot home after collecting the initial ball from LaGrassa.
Daniel Rios - 8.8: Found the net for the second consecutive match, leaving no doubt that he has returned back to his goal-scoring form we saw on display throughout the regular season.
Ropapa Mensah - 7: Only had 10 touches and five successful passes, so not much of an impact from him this around.
Derrick Jones - 8.3: Scored one of the most unbelievable individual goals ever seen at First Tennessee Park, beating a few defenders before sliding it past the keeper while being drug down for his first Nashville SC goal.
Kosuke Kimura - 6: Played only a couple of minutes in stoppage time, and was basically called in for defensive reinforcements.
Gary Smith - 8.3: Smith's tactics continue to provide the results as he grabs his first playoff victory as manager for Nashville SC. As long as he trots out the same system and personnel, Nashville will be a tough outing for no matter who it faces moving forward.