The guys from Speedway Soccer Pod are back with their player ratings. This time, they look back at the 0-0 draw against Louisville City FC.
Matt Pickens – 9.0: Made 5 saves and worked hard all night to organize the defense and shut down one of the league’s best attacks. One of his better performances this year.
Bradley Bourgeois – 8.0: Made his first start since picking up an injury on July 21, and looked solid. Dangerous on set pieces as always, strong in possession, and popped up in key areas to throw off Louisville attackers.
Liam Doyle – 8.5: Another strong performance, possibly his best showing of the year. Accurate passing out of the back and pitched in with a tidy 15 clearances.
Justin Davis – 8.0: Got forward more than any other center back, almost playing as a traditional left back at times. Contributed well to the attack and put in a solid defensive shift.
Michael Reed – 8.5: Covered every blade of grass/turf/dirt on the pitch. His set piece delivery was strong, he pushed the tempo in possession, and made several key ball recoveries. Wasn’t afraid to pull the trigger, but couldn’t keep his shots on target.
Bolu Akinyode – 8.0: Returned to the first choice 11 after starting the Ottawa match on the bench, and didn’t miss a beat. Completed a cool 93 percent of his passes, but was somewhat content to pass sideways and backwards instead of being more aggressive in search of a goal. Still, performed a key role to secure a point on the road against the reigning champions.
Matt LaGrassa – 7.5: Played as a pseudo-10 and put in a good shift. Got in good spots and found space well. Wasn’t able to create as much as he would have liked, but was key to the Boys In Gold’s defensive performance.
Kosuke Kimura – 8.0: A really strong showing from the veteran. Had tons of energy on the right flank and put in some strong service into the box. Replaced by Woodberry after 79 minutes.
Taylor Washington – 7.5: Worked hard on the left wing and made some important defensive contributions. His service into the box was good, but didn’t always make it to his target.
Tucker Hume – 7.5: Another really good showing from Big Bird. Took three shots, with a header from a set piece going just wide of the near post. Set up his teammates for three other shots, including a cutback that Brandon Allen should have finished. Came off for Lebo Moloto after 75 minutes, but shouldn’t come out of the starting XI anytime soon.
Brandon Allen – 6.5: Linked play well for the most part when he got the ball, but was often uninvolved. Only took one shot all night, and put it wide with the far post gaping when he really should have scored. Made way for Ropapa Mensah after 64 minutes.
Ropapa Mensah – 7.0: Replaced Allen with 26 minutes to go, and brought a lot of energy and pace. Caused all kinds of problems around Louisville’s box, and made Nashville look like an attacking threat. Opted to shoot from a really tight angle with both Moloto and LaGrassa wide open and screaming for the ball.
Lebo Moloto – 6.5: Replaced Hume after 75 minutes, and didn’t make a huge impact in his 15 minute shift. A pretty unremarkable outing.
London Woodberry – 7.5: Played the final 11 minutes at right wing back in place of Kosuke Kimura, and was lively. Put a really good ball into the box for Ropapa.
Gary Smith – 7.5: Predicted that the game would be a cage match and it was. Couldn’t continue Nashville’s good run of attacking form, but did really well to keep Louisville off the scoreboard. That’s a good point on the road.