Nashville earned its first USL point with a 0-0 draw against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Nissan Stadium. Here’s how the Speedway Soccer Pod team rated each member of the Boys in Gold.
Player ratings are 0-10 (10 being the best)
Pickens – 7: The best Nashville player on the day. Dealt with everything that came at him well. Should be frustrated with the rest of the team. Without him it could easily have been 2 or 3 to zero.
Bourgeois – 6: Solid in the air, but let Pittsburgh get in behind far too easily, as did all of his fellow defenders.
Doyle – 6: See above.
Davis – 6: The most ambitious passer out of the 3 center backs on the day. Tried to hit James and Washington on the left wing, but often overhit or too far central. Tackled really well. A pretty average performance by his standards.
Kimura – 5: Really subpar match. Offered nothing going forward, and was shocking in defense. His starting spot should be under threat.
LaGrassa – 5.5: Sloppy. Inconsistent. At times tackled well and recycled possession, but more often was too slow to get rid of the ball, failed to recognize pressure, and wasn’t ambitious enough in the final third. Well below what we’ve come to expect from him.
Reed – 6: We know what his baseline is, and this was it. Tackled well, mostly moved the ball well, and tracked back late in the game when Nashville was pushing for a winner. Needs whoever he’s paired with to be more creative, and that didn’t happen.
James – 6: Wasn’t incredibly effective on the left. Looked better on the right. Worked hard to make things happen, but his final ball didn’t really come off.
Moloto – 6.5: Nashville’s best outfield player. Tried to be creative in attack, but was hampered by lack of mobility in front of him. Looked better when Mensah came on. The only player to threaten the goal, and was a bit unlucky to have an acrobatic attempt cleared off the line late in the match.
Shroot – 5: Doesn’t offer enough pace to be partnered with Hume. Dropped deep to get the ball and left Hume on an island. Barely involved.
Hume – 6: Hard to fault him too much as he never got the service he needed to make an impact. Looked gassed and probably should have come off around the 70th minute.
Mensah – 6.5: Completely changed the game. Brought pace and directness that was sorely lacking. He has to be in the mix to start.
Washington – 6.5: It’s incredible how much better Nashville looks when Washington is on the pitch. Brings so much energy and attacking threat. Consistently looks like the best option at wingback. Has to be in the mix to start.
Akinyode – 6.5: Surprising to see him brought on when Nashville was chasing a goal, but improved the midfield instantly. He kept the ball well and moved it faster, and was key to Nashville’s improved final push.