Player Ratings: Ottawa Fury vs Nashville SC

Updated: Apr 16, 2019

Nashville SC traveled to Ottawa Fury and left with a dominant 3-0 win, the best away win in club history. 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.


Connor Sparrow - 7.5: Wasn't tested much at all, but dealt with Ottawa's two shots on target comfortably. Has he earned the starting job?


Kosuke Kimura - 7.5: A solid performance on the right side. Wasn't called on much, but positionally sound.


Ken Tribbett - 8.0: Defensively solid. Made five tackles and read the game really well.


Liam Doyle - 8.5: Like Tribbett, he read the game well and kept Ottawa's attack quiet. Made a great decision to take a quick free kick to set up Daniel Ríos for the opening goal.


Justin Davis - 7.0: Got his second consecutive start, and had an overall solid game. Defensively sound and came close to scoring with a diving header. His set piece delivery was disappointing, though.


Kharlton Belmar - 8.0: Dangerous all game. Came close to scoring a goal of the year contender with a half volley that nearly broke the crossbar. Set up Ríos's second goal with a decent shot that lead to a spill from Ottawa's keeper. Came off in the 90th minute.


Michael Reed © - 7.5: Typically covered lots of ground and got forward well. Was able to open up space with his passing and get the forwards involved. Created two chances.


Matt LaGrassa - 7.5: Similar performance to Michael Reed. Operated well in a two-man midfield, and got forward well without allowing Ottawa to get in behind.


Lebo Moloto - 7.5: Cut inside from the left wing to create, almost in a "false 10" role. Created three chances, including assisting Tucker Hume. Also put in a strong defensive shift. Having a fully fit Moloto will be key going forward. Replaced by Taylor Washington after 76 minutes.


Daniel Ríos - 9.5: Scored the opener with a beautiful chip. Scored the second with a tidily finished rebound, similar to his goal against Loudoun. He's started the season in fantastic form, and looks like the most consistent finisher in the squad.


Tucker Hume - 8.0: Played the role of target forward really well. Held the ball up and allowed the wide players to get into the attack. Scored with his only shot, a really well placed finish to the near post. It was a tight angle, and showed a different dimension to his game. Replaced by Ropapa after 67 minutes.


SUBS:


Ropapa Mensah - 7.0: Replaced Hume for the final 33 minutes. Brought a lot of energy, and was incredibly unlucky to score after his curling effort hit both posts before somehow staying out.

Taylor Washington - 7.0: Came on for Moloto in the 78th minute on the left side of midfield. Looked to stretch the field and get in behind. Didn't get super involved.


Alan Winn - N/A: Only touched the ball once in his stoppage time cameo.


MANAGER:


Gary Smith - 8.5: "Possession is worthless unless it's actually productive", he said after Nashville's loss to Saint Louis. He fixed that, not by putting out a side that dominated possession, but that used what little possession it had well. Sat back in a low block and let Ottawa have the ball in the middle third of the pitch, but gave them nothing in the final third. His team was decisive when they had the ball, and was dominant in the attack. Despite only having 35% possession, they could have scored five. Now he'll need to decide if the 4-4-2 is here to stay, and how to get Cameron Lancaster up to speed. This team is showing promising signs.

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