Nashville SC grabbed a dramatic three points on a late stoppage-time goal against Birmingham Legion Tuesday night to put the Boys in Gold two points shy of Eastern Conference league leaders New York Red Bulls II and Tampa Bay Rowdies.
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 - 8: Pickens was limited in his opportunities , but did well when called into action. Only recorded one save, but also hit a milestone with 100 career clean sheets.
Darnell King - 7.3: Made good runs out of the back and found space on the wing. Created a pair of chances from his position, and helped keep Birmingham attackers limited on his side.
Forrest Lasso - 8.5: An absolute boss on the backline, Lasso was named the Budweiser Man of the Match by the fans on Nashville SC's official Twitter page. He was a physical presence in the box, and made it tough for Birmingham to create any real good chances.
Jimmy Ockford - 8.6: Put in a similar performance as Lasso, except he came through with the game-winner in stoppage with a back post header that was able to creep past the keeper. He also completed an impressive 94% of his passes.
Justin Davis - 7.8: Put in a strong showing at left back with four tackles. Also was exceptional on his set piece delivery, including the corner kick that led to the game-winner.
Ken Tribbett - 7.6: Controlled the midfield well and led the side in tackles with five. He also led the way with total shots with four, which you wouldn't expect, but Tribbett got on the end of some set pieces and crosses that led to his high shot count.
Bolu Akinyode -7.1: Death, taxes, and Akinyode having the highest passing percentage each game. With a 97% passing accuracy, Bolu was able to dictate where the ball was going whenever he had it. Although his tackles were low on the night, he still drew three fouls and caused problems for Birmingham in the middle.
Alan Winn - 7.3: Made some excellent runs with the ball at his feet at times, making the case for Nashville best attacking option. Did create three chances and registered one shot on target.
Kharlton Belmar - 7.5: Also had some dangerous runs on the flank, but had the fewest touches out of the starting infield players. Still, he made the most of what he was given with two shots and a shot on target.
Matt LaGrassa - 7.8: Did well in the 10 role with Lebo Moloto out. Had a few volleys that could have put Nashville in the lead, including a deflected one that bounced off the post.
Ropapa Mensah - 7.3: Had times where he held the ball up well, but also times where his touch got away from him.
Taylor Washington - 6.8: Came on in relief of Winn and made some decent runs on the flanks.
Daniel Rios - 6.6: Rios completed 75% of his passes in his limited action, but could not get a real sniff at goal.
Tucker Hume - 6: Also completed 75% of passes like Rios, and made Birmingham defenders account for his height, but also never really had a chance to create a goal.
Gary Smith - 7.2: Smith's lineup seemed to be more focused on the defensive side due to the recent injuries up top. However, as the game progressed, he started to make the necessary adjustments to make it more of an attacking threat. As the season winds down, points become more crucial, and his attacking options become more healthy, we can probably expect an attacking mentality from his side.