Nashville SC beat Indy Eleven 2-0 at Nissan Stadium on Saturday. 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 - 8.5: Had a relatively quiet first half, but made some fantastic saves in the second half, including a Save of the Week nominee to deny Paddy Barrett from close range.
Kosuke Kimura - 8.0: Didn't get forward as much as he typically does, but locked down Nashville's right side and kept Indy quiet.
Jimmy Ockford - 8.5: Strong in defense and in possession.
Forrest Lasso - 7.5: Started the match just two days after arriving in Nashville, and immediately improved Nashville's defense. Organized the backline and moved the ball really well.
Taylor Washington - 8.5: Got up and down the left flank energetically and linked up with Alan Winn to really good effect.
Michael Reed © - 8.0: Moved more freely than usual, getting forward well. Involved in both goals, playing a great ball to set Ríos up for his opener.
Bolu Akinyode - 8.0: Had plenty of time and space on the ball and linked play really well, keeping Nashville organized in possession and giving Moloto and Reed the freedom to push forward.
Kharlton Belmar - 7.0: Started on the right after gaining some momentum off the bench. Worked hard and got in good positions, but his final pass or shot often let him down. Should have scored twice in the second half.
Lebo Moloto - 8.5: Pulled all the strings in the first half. His first touch was on point, and his assist to Alan Winn was a thing of beauty. He's getting into good form at the perfect time for Nashville.
Alan Winn - 9.0: The best player on the pitch. Consistently got in behind Indy's defense, and threatened their goal on multiple occasions. Took his goal really well and had some great runs late in the match that should have resulted in goals with some better finishing from his teammates.
Daniel Ríos - 9.0: Scored his 13th goal of the match in style, and almost added another that flashed just wide. Created several chances and held the ball well as usual.
Ken Tribbett - 7.5: Came on for Moloto in the 67th minute and played as the no. 6, sitting in front of the defense and cutting off Indy's options through the center of the pitch.
Ropapa Mensah - 6.5: On for Kharlton Belmar after 78 minutes and brought some late energy to the match. Stretched the field and had a half chance on goal, but couldn't keep his shot down.
Justin Davis - N/A: Replaced Alan Winn after 82 minutes and slotted in as a third centerback to shore up the three points.
Gary Smith - 8.5: Took down one of the top sides in the league in convincing style. His side was dominant in the first half and kept them quiet in the second, finding space on the counter to threaten Indy with a third goal. With the additions of Lasso and Ockford, Ríos's form, and a squad that's close to fully healthy, he has this side in good position to go on a USL Cup run.
Here's how we've rated Nashville SC players over the course of the season so far: