Player Ratings: Nashville SC 0-0 Bethlehem Steel

Nashville SC was held to a 0-0 draw by Bethlehem Steel on Saturday. 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: Bethlehem only managed four total shots, but Pickens made three saves to keep the shutout streak alive.


Darnell King - 7.5: In for Kimura at right back, and put in a strong shift. Sound in possession and his service into the box was consistent.


Jimmy Ockford - 8.0: Typically good in possession and did well to eliminate shooting lanes for Bethlehem. It's not a coincidence that Nashville's 466 minute shutout streak includes the 450 minutes he's played since starting.


Forrest Lasso © - 8.0: Wasn't able to penetrate Bethlehem's packed defense like he has in the past, but defensively he was huge. It's a huge testament to his character and on-field leadership that he's taken the armband in Reed's absence, despite this being just his fourth match in Nashville.


Taylor Washington - 7.0: As usual, got involved well in the final third. His set piece delivery has drastically improved, although his crossing wasn't quite on point.


Ken Tribbett - 7.0: Stepped into a midfield role in Michael Reed's absence and performed admirably, although his passing tended to be a bit conservative at times.


Bolu Akinyode - 7.5: Playing alongside Tribbett forced him to be more aggressive with his passing, and moved the ball well, although Bethlehem's compact backline made it hard for him to be incredibly effective in the final third.


Kharlton Belmar - 6.5: Worked hard but was largely ineffective and was withdrawn at halftime.


Lebo Moloto - 8.0: Had plenty of good moments, creating five chances and putting in consistent set piece delivery. Put all three of his shots on goal, but couldn't find the back of the net.


Ropapa Mensah - 7.0: Diligent as always, and was able to create a decent amount for his teammates, but lacked the finishing touch the game required.


Daniel Ríos - 7.5: Constantly hounded by a stout Bethlehem defense, but look fatigued and only managed two shots. Held the ball up well as a target man, but wasn't able to get on the scoresheet.


SUBS:


Alan Winn - 8.0: Brought on at halftime in place of Belmar and brought a much needed spark to the attack. Despite Bethlehem's very low block, he found space and was able to isolate defenders.


Tucker Hume - N/A: Replaced King in the 89th minute.


Matt LaGrassa - N/A: Replaced Akinyode in the 89th minute.


MANAGER:


Gary Smith - 7.0: His tactics were solid, and his options in midfield were severely limited with Reed's unfortunate injury and the fact that LaGrassa wasn't yet fit. His decision to bring on Winn at halftime was a good one, but his decision to wait until the 89th minute to bring on Hume and LaGrassa was puzzling at best. Smith can't be blamed for poor finishing, but his hesitancy to bring on a more aggressive option in midfield and a target forward makes little sense in retrospect. This was a match that should have resulted in three points, and cost Nashville a chance to gain ground on Tampa Bay.

Here's how we've rated Nashville SC players over the course of the season so far:



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