The Indy Eleven defeated Nashville SC 2-1 last Saturday. 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 – 6: It appears Pickens is only human after all. While it’s hard to fault him for Indy’s first goal, where Saad got behind the defense to go 1v1, he probably could have done better. He definitely could have done better on Indy’s (and Saad’s) second goal, where he misread the flight of an admittedly well-hit free kick that probably could have been saved. Compared to his previous performances, he’ll be disappointed.
James – 6.5: Playing as a traditional right back, and was so/so. For the most part he defended well, but he gave away possession far too easily and wasn’t very effective going forward. A bit surprised to see him start after Kimura had such a solid showing against Charlotte.
Bourgeois – 6.5: With Woodberry out injured, Bourgeois is cementing his place in defense. He’s strong in the air, sound positionally, and a threat off of set pieces. When he gets under any sort of pressure he resorts to a long ball instead of trying to keep possession, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Doyle – 4.5: Really bad showing. While he’s a great passer of the ball, he makes way too many sloppy mistakes. At fault for both of Nashville’s goals – On Indy’s first, he tried to cut off a ball over the top which he missed, and allowed Saad to get in behind to go 1v1 with Pickens. Gave away a needless foul, and Indy scored from the resulting free kick. Deservedly pulled off at halftime.
Davis – 6.5: Pushed forward farther than James, which left Doyle a bit isolated on occasion. For the most part solid with the ball, but his chipped passes to the left winger are often under hit, and his set piece delivery isn’t always up to par.
Washington – 7: Played on the right for the first time this season, primarily to counter the attacking threat of Tyler Pasher. Got forward well and got the secondary assist on Mensah’s goal. He laid the ball off well for Moloto’s volley. Had the opportunity to cross with his right foot a few times, but opted to cut back on his left, giving the defense a chance to recover.
Reed – 7.5: Possibly the captains best match in a Nashville shirt. Completed more than 90 percent of his passes and was involved in both attack and defense. Was incredibly unlucky not to score after he turned and slapped a shot against the bar.
Akinyode – 6: Typically safe with the ball, but needed to be more ambitious with his passing, especially when Nashville was pressing late in the second half.
Winn – 7: His end product wasn’t great, but he worked hard, took the ball at defenders, and drew a lot of free kicks in dangerous areas. Pretty surprised he made way when Nashville was pressing for an equalizer.
Lebo Moloto – 7: Very involved in the attack. Passed well in the final third and got the assist on Mensah’s goal. Had an ambitious volley that went high. Like Winn, it was surprising to see him taken off when the team needed a goal.
Ropapa Mensah – 7.5: Always an threat and was more involved than he has been in the past. Made a great late run and finished well for Nashville’s first. Had a fantastic opportunity to score a second within two minutes after his goal, but opted for power over placement and put it wide. That’s a chance he has to finish.
David Edgar – 7: Came on for Doyle at halftime and instantly solidified the back line. Calm on the ball, strong in the tackle, and a vocal leader on the pitch. Would not at all be a shock to see him start next Tuesday in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Tucker Hume – 6: Replaced Winn after 78 minutes and tried to impact the game, but didn’t get much service in the box, which he absolutely needs to be a threat. Didn’t manage a shot.
Robin Shroot – 5.5: Replaced Moloto after 79 minutes. Attempted only two passes, completed only one pass, and didn’t take a single shot. Disappointing from him when the team desperately needed a spark.