Player Ratings: Nashville SC vs Memphis 901 FC

Nashville SC beat Memphis 901 FC 2-0 after a lengthy weather delay. Below are our collective evaluations of each player's 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 by 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: Wasn't tested much at all after being on the bench the past two matches. Only had to make one save.


Darnell King - 8.0: Got his first minutes in a Nashville shirt and really impressed. Put in some fantastic service into the box and created three chances. Hopefully he will continue to get minutes.


Ken Tribbett - 8.0: Completely shut down Memphis. He's been vital to Nashville's league-best defense.


Liam Doyle - 8.0: Ditto. A rock at the back.


Justin Davis - 7.5: Got a third straight start and put in a good shift. Heavily involved in the final third, and put in some dangerous service. His corner to set up Mensah's goal was well taken. Came close to scoring himself with a drive that went just over the bar.


Kharlton Belmar - 8.0: He's so dangerous when he isolates defenders on the touchline. His runs and passing into the box are really solid, and he's been unlucky not to score or assist thus far. A critical piece of this team.


Michael Reed © - 7.5: Covered a ton of ground as always and worked well with LaGrassa in a double pivot. Took a fantastic shot late in the second half that forced Jeff Caldwell into a really good save.


Matt LaGrassa - 8.5: Stepped up big when Nashville needed it. Typically opened up space well with his passing, and scored the winner for the Boys In Gold. His first touch was a thing of beauty, and buried the ball through Caldwell's legs with his weak foot. Another strong performance. Replaced by Bolu Akinyode in the 85th minute.


Lebo Moloto - 7.0: A quiet night by his standards, but did some good work on the left. Completed 89% of his passes and had a couple shots. Taken off for Winn after 64 minutes.


Daniel Ríos - 7.5: Took six shots and was unlucky not to score with a chipped effort that went just wide. Faded a bit in the second half, but his first touch was clean and he linked the forward and midfield lines well.


Tucker Hume - 7.0: Occupied Memphis's centerbacks well and came close to scoring with a strong header from a Darnell King cross. Taken off for the pacier Ropapa Mensah in the 64th minute.


SUBS:

Alan Winn - 6.5: Never got super involved in his 30ish minutes on the pitch. He only touched the ball 13 times, but his pace stretched the field.

Ropapa Mensah - 9.0: Changed the game for Nashville. Set up LaGrassa for the opener with an impressive pass into the box, and took his goal well. His initial header would have scored on most keepers, and cooly finished the rebound. A really good showing from the young forward.


Bolu Akinyode - N/A: Came on for the final five minutes to secure the 2-0 win.


MANAGER:

Gary Smith - 8.0: Sent out his team in the same 4-4-2 system he used in Ottawa, and it worked to good effect. Would have been a little worried that Nashville couldn't score for the first 78 minutes, but made positive substitutions and got a deserved three points. He'll be happy to have positive momentum heading into a three match road stretch.



After five 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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