Player Ratings: Nashville SC vs Pittsburgh Riverhounds

Despite having a man advantage for the majority of the match, Nashville SC only picked up a point against Pittsburgh Riverhounds Sept. 21 in a crucial USL Eastern Conference showdown that will certainly have implications on playoff seeding.


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: Pickens did face any real pressure on his end, as he did not record a save. He did have one crucial punch to preserve a clean sheet, his 11th of the season.


Darnell King - 6.8: King once again clocked in a performance that saw a good mix of attack (84% passing accuracy) and defense (one tackle) down the right side.


Jimmy Ockford - 7.6: Another strong performance from Ockford out of the back, and also had a few chances in front of goal.


Bradley Bourgeois - 6.8: Only played one half, but was still solid in his play, completing 88% of his passes out of the back.


Justin Davis - 6.6: Led the team in touches with 102, and also contributed four tackles. His service, while not as accurate as his outing against Birmingham, was still impressive.


Ken Tribbett - 7: Once again controlled the midfield well, but also served as the defacto third center back.


Bolu Akinyode - 7.3: Had a bounce back game as far as controlling the midfield goes, leading the team in tackles with five. His distribution continues to be his strong point, with a 92% passing accuracy.


Matt LaGrassa - 7.3: Was once again asked to start as a number 10, and once again put in a strong effort with a couple of chances created


Kharlton Belmar - 6.8: Had the second-lowest amount of touches out of the starting infield players behind Bourgeois, and also had the second-lowest passing percentage. Have to believe better days are ahead for him.


Lebo Moloto - 7.5: Led the way in chances created and was accurate in his distribution despite playing somewhat of position.


Daniel Rios - 6.6: Better days are ahead for Rios, who started his first match in quite some time. He had one chance that he would normally finish by his lofty standards, but got away from him. Once he regains his form, expect the goals to start dropping again.



SUBS


Alan Winn - 7.6: Provided a much-needed spark to the side, and might have had the most important play of the match on a goal-stopping slide tackle late into the contest.


Tucker Hume - 6.5: Completed all of his passes, but did not get enough looks or touches to make a difference.


Cameron Lancaster - 6.6: Took over for Rios, but did not register a shot.


Manager


Gary Smith - 7.7: Smith's formation and personnel choices in the starting 11 looked to be one that was more on the defensive side. However, his mentality quickly turned to attacking at the half, replacing a center back with a winger after Pittsburgh picked up a red card. Although Smith continued to shift more and more towards an attacking style as the game went on, the goals just would not fall for his side, and they had to settle with a point against a stout Pittsburgh side.



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