Player Ratings: Nashville SC vs Tampa Bay Rowdies

Nashville SC lost 1-0 to Tampa Bay in the nationally televised USL Game of the Week. 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 - 6.0: Had a pretty quiet night, with Tampa Bay only taking two shots on goal. Made a good save on one, but maybe should have come out to claim the free kick that led to Tampa Bay's goal.

Darnell King - 6.0: Started against his former team, and his crossing never quite worked. Had a couple decent moves on the ball, but picked up an early booking and was taken off at the half.

Bradley Bourgeois - 7.0: His passing wasn't as consistent as it had been, but cut out several passes from the Rowdies and limited their attack.

Ken Tribbet - 7.0: Played the ball out of the back really well and had a major defensive showing.

Justin Davis - 6.5: Starting ahead of Liam Doyle once again, and pushed really far forward. Got in good positions, but his final ball let him down too often, completing only 54% of his passes in Tampa's half.

Taylor Washington - 6.5: Worked really hard on the left and got in good positions. Really unfortunate to not register an assist when Belmar missed an open header from a really good cross. Less impressive was the free kick he conceded that saw Tampa Bay score the winner.

Bolu Akinyode - 6.5: Only completed 18 passes in his 63 minute shift. Completed 89% of them, but didn't get on the ball enough and wasn't able to break down Tampa's defense when he did.

Matt LaGrassa - 7.0: Got forward well and tried to create from deep. Completed 85% of his passes (83% in Tampa's half), and had a couple good balls into the box, including a great pass to Belmar just before the break.

Michael Reed © - 5.5: Ran hard. Too many times, though, a sloppy pass ended a good passing move for Nashville. Only completed 66% of his passes in Tampa's half.

Daniel Ríos - 6.5: Managed a couple shots, including a header in the 86th minute that probably would have scored if it had been on target. Hasn't had much service in the final third, but also hasn't been at the same level as he was early in the year.

Kharlton Belmar - 6.5: Picked up the ball in some really good positions, and did well when he was able to isolate defenders. Missed Nashville's best chance of the night when his header inexcusably went wide from 10 yards out, and a poor touch ended another opportunity just before halftime. He's been consistently dangerous, but has looked off the past couple weeks. Could probably use a break for a match.


Cameron Lancaster - 6.0: Came on for King at halftime and only managed one shot in his 45 minute appearance. Did a decent job holding up the ball, but he's not getting the service he's used to. We still haven't seen his best yet.

Lebo Moloto - 6.0: Replaced Akinyode in the 63rd minute in an attempt to get more chance creation from midfield, but only touched the ball 16 times. Took a speculative shot on target, but otherwise uninvolved.

Alan Winn - 5.5: Brought on for Washington with 12 minutes to go. Got on the ball only nine times and didn't change the game at all.


Gary Smith - 5.5: His team played really well for the opening 16 minutes, but he couldn't keep the tempo going, and had no answers to Tampa Bay's low block after they scored. Made three aggressive substitutions, but none of them really made a positive impact.

After nine matches, here's how Nashville SC's squad has performed. Agree or disagree with our assessment? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter.

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