Player Ratings vs Toronto FC II


Matt Pickens – 5.5: Gave up a bad rebound leading to Toronto’s opener, and should have saved their equalizer. Not a great night.

Kosuke Kimura – 8.5: Not at fault for Nashville’s defensive issues and really strong going forward.

Justin Davis – 6.0: Slow to react on Toronto’s first goal, and beaten in the air far too easily on their second. A really poor showing on the defensive side, although he was decent going forward. Liam Doyle – 7.0: Not a particularly notable showing, but didn’t do a whole lot wrong. Taylor Washington – 8.5: Really strong going forward, completing 94% of his passes and putting in some really good service. Should’ve been rewarded with better finishing from his strikers. Bolu Akinyode – 8.0: Completed a high percentage of his passes, cleaned up messes in midfield, and let his teammates push forward. A pretty typical performance. Michael Reed – 8.5: Moved the ball really well and put in some great service into the box. In a really good run of form. Matt LaGrassa – 8.0: A bit of a mixed bag. Saw a penalty kick saved in the first half, but scored in the second on a half volley that was more difficult than it looked. Overall a positive performance. Ropapa Mensah – 8.0: Took on defenders with pace all night and delivered some really good crosses into the box. Taken off for Woodberry in the 80th minute. Tucker Hume – 6.5: Did really poorly with the service he got and didn’t make an impact. Replaced by Brandon Allen in the 62nd minute. Alan Winn – 9.0: Dangerous all night. Earned the penalty in the first half and set up Allen with a beautiful layoff. Created five chances on the night. Really good performance. SUBS Brandon Allen – 9.5: His best performance of the season. Came on with 30 minutes to play and ran harder than he ever has in a Nashville shirt. Assisted LaGrassa after a brilliant run and scored what should have been the winner for Nashville. A different kind of performance than we’re used to seeing from him – hopefully it carries over into the playoffs. London Woodberry – N/R: Replaced Mensah with 10 minutes to go and saw Nashville switch to a back five. Didn’t have any impact.


MANAGER

Gary Smith – 4.0: Let his team attack in the first 75 minutes and subbed in Brandon Allen, who changed the game. Tried to bunker in and squeeze out a 2-1 win and it absolutely backfired. Bringing on Woodberry saw momentum shift even more to Toronto and he again shows that won’t be aggressive and kill off a game when he needs to. Nashville blew a chance to secure a playoff berth at home against the worst team in the east, and it’s largely his fault.

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