Nashville's first away match in Major League Soccer ended in dissapointment, as the Boys in Gold came back from the west coast after suffering a 1-0 loss against Portland Timbers Sunday. Below are our player ratings for Nashville SC.
Below is a quick guideline of our evaluation process.
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 re-watching the match and looking at the stats, and are the averaged total of each Speedway member's ratings.
Joe Willis - 6: A decent performance from Willis, bouncing back well after conceding the lone goal of the match. He picks off crosses well, but I am curious to see how he fares when he's under serious duress, as he only faced two shots on target. Daniel Lovitz - 6.25 : Lovitz picked up a yellow card on a tackle from behind, other than that, there wasn't much to say about the left back. Dave Romney - 7.25 : Romney had some good clearances and closed down on the Portland attack whenever there was pressure on Nashville side of the pitch. Walker Zimmerman - 7.5: Zimmerman once again clocked in solid minutes, as he was a threat in both boxes. Like Romney, was excellent at clearing any danger when Portland tried to create chances. Eric Miller - 4.5: The second match in a row where Miller had a performance to forget. He had trouble passing out of back, and also played a big part in allowing the lone goal by not tightening up the space in the box and giving Diego Valeri the space to control and hit his volley. Anibal Godoy - 7.75: Godoy once again was all over the pitch with his high work rate. He did have a sloopy early tackle, but was winning balls in the midfield and distributing it well, as well as a great low shot in 70th minute that forced a save and could have been the equalizer. Dax McCarty - 7.5: Voted by the fans as the Man of the Match on Nashville SC's, and deservedly so. He's currently one of the league's leading passers, and always seem to find his teammates in space.
Randall Leal - 6.8: Leal started showing promising signs this match, as he was crafty on the wings to beat defenders with his dribbling, and had four shots to lead the team. All that's missing is the finish now.
Hany Muhktar - 6.8: Had some really good service on some of his corners. Even though he had three shots, I would like to see him try to take on defenders more off the dribble instead of looking to pass first (which there is nothing wrong with considering the position he plays.)
David Accam - 6.8: Accam was once again Nashville's most threatening player on the dribble, as he took defenders without fear and had some great linkup play with Muhktar. Hopefully he'll be able to clock in a full 90 minutes sooner rather than later.
Dominique Badji - 5.5: Badji was once again invisible for most of the match. Although he did put some pressure on Portland's defense with his press at times. However, he didn't even record a shot.
SUBS Abu Danladi - 5.75: Brought some dynamic intensity to the side, but had to be subbed off after about 20 minutes due to injury. Daniel Rios - 6.5: The Nashville attack looked much more threatening when Rios came on. He made a great run and low cross in his first of action. Also had a near post run and shot from Hany that hit side netting from a tight near post angle. If the team is going to solve it's early issues of not putting enough pressure on opposing goalkeepers, then letting Rios start soon might be the solution. Jimmy Medranda - 6.25: Medranda's debut as a sub for Nashville SC saw him have a chance at equalizer with a volley on a corner, but it went to the keeper. Also provided a great cross near the end to Zimmerman on a potential equalizer. We might see more of Medranda moving forward after seeing the impact he left in the short period of time he was on the pitch.
Gary Smith - 6.5: No trip to Providence Park is an easy one, but Smith and his side could have easily come away from this match with at least a draw, considering how well they played after conceding in the early stages. Very much like the Atlanta match, it was clear Nashville was the better side during a multitude of stretches. But, all of the excellent defensive work and possession of the ball don't mean anything unless you put the ball between two posts. It's only two games, but Smith's side still have yet to score a goal from open play. Things don't get any easier with a trip to the reigning MLS Cup champions in Toronto FC. Perhaps there's some attacking changes up Gary's sleeve?