Nashville SC player ratings vs. Toronto FC II

Nashville SC became the first team this season in the USL to lose to Toronto FC II, falling 2-0 Saturday night in Rochester, NY.

The guys at Speedway Soccer Pod are here to once again give their objective and unbiased ratings from the match. Agree? Disagree? Let them know by reaching out to them on Twitter, or call their hotline at (615) 640-0664.

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CJ Cochran – 5.0: Made a horrific decision to try and tackle Srbely that gave away a really sloppy penalty. Wasn’t at fault for the second goal, and wasn’t incredibly busy the rest of the night, but his poor choice really cost Nashville.

Kosuke Kimura – 5.5: Not very effective going forward. Slow to react for Toronto’s second goal. Replaced by Mensah after 60 minutes.
London Woodberry – 4.5: Let Srbely get in behind him to win the penalty kick. Slow to react to Srbely again for Toronto’s second goal. Had a nice ball over the top for Ropapa Mensah, but that was his only notable positive contribution.
Liam Doyle – 5.0: Like Woodberry, let Srbely get in behind to win the penalty kick, only moments after he was burned by Srbely on the edge of the box, who dragged his shot just wide. Blasted a late free kick well over the bar.
Ryan James – 6.0: Mostly solid defensively. Popped up with a few key interceptions. Slid over to right back after Kimura came off.
Ish Jome – 4.5: Very ineffective. Wasn’t always found when he was in space, but very wasteful when he had the ball. Taken off for Alan Winn in the 56th minute.
Matt LaGrassa – 5.5: Was more ambitious than Akinyode, but his passing didn’t always come off. Only managed two shots and didn’t create a chance, which is really poor considering the opposition.
Bolu Akinyode – 6.5: Completed 90% of his passes, but needs to offer more going forward. Probably Nashville’s best player on the night, but that’s a pretty low bar.
Taylor Washington – 5.5: Worked hard and covered a lot of ground. Didn’t get the ball enough when in space, but didn’t make a lot happen when he had the ball. Moved back to left back once Kimura was taken off.
Lebo Moloto – 5.0: Very ineffective. Didn’t take a shot and only created one chance against one of the worst team in league history. Drifted all over the field to try to get involved, but never really found the game. Taken off with an apparent hamstring injury in the 76th minute. Hopefully he’ll recover in time for the Cincinnati match, as this attack is almost completely dependent on him at the moment.
Brandon Allen – 4.5: Once again, completely uninvolved. Touched the ball three times in Toronto’s box, and only had 12 touches in Toronto’s half. Had two goals waved off for offside, one of which was the correct call, while the other was more questionable. Still, he didn’t take a shot against the worst team in the league. That’s unacceptable for a player brought in to be Nashville’s primary goal scorer. Hasn’t scored in 9 games, with his last goal coming against Penn FC on June 2nd.
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Alan Winn – 5.0: Replaced Jome in the 56th minute and was better, but only slightly. Didn’t get off a shot despite Nashville desperately needing a goal.
Ropapa Mensah – 6.0: Replaced Kimura after 60 minutes in a clear signal of attacking intent, and brought a much needed energy to the side. Managed a good half volleyed shot after a good ball over the top from Woodberry. And decent showing, but his end product wasn’t there.
Tucker Hume – 5.5: Managed a couple shots, including a header from close range that lacked any real power. Whether by his own choice or by instruction, he drifted wide a lot and tried to put crosses in the box, when he should be on the end of crosses. Like other Nashville attackers, ineffective.
MANAGER
Gary Smith – 4.0: Went to play possibly the worst team in USL history on a neutral field and was outclassed. Nashville did have several travel issues, with many of the players arriving three hours before kickoff. Despite this, Nashville had by far the better squad and much more to play for, and once again his team lacked any ideas or cohesion in the final third. Smith needs to figure out how to generate any kind of consistent attacking threat quickly. It has been a problem all season, and is quickly starting to threaten any chances Nashville has at a playoff run.

 

Nashville SC Player Ratings vs. Ottawa Fury F.C.

Nashville SC dropped points on the road in its first international trip of the season, losing 2-0 to Ottawa Fury. Here are the Nashville SC player ratings from that match, courtesy of Speedway Soccer Pod. You can check out their latest episode recapping this match here.

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Matt Pickens – 6.5: Made a couple of saves and wasn’t at fault for either goal. Took a knock in stoppage time. Keep your eye on the injury report to see if he is listed.

London Woodberry – 5.0: His only offensive contribution was a blocked shot. Was mostly solid defensively, but picked up a really needless second yellow in the 94th minute. Was lucky not to be shown a straight red for putting his studs into Tony Taylor’s chest. He’ll be suspended for the midweek game against Atlanta.
Bradley Bourgeois – 7.0: Worked hard all night and was solid defensively, despite never looking 100 passes fit. Started grabbing his hamstring early in the first half and was forced off in the 83rd minute, forcing Nashville to play a man down. Would be shocked to see him in the squad against Atlanta.
Liam Doyle – 7.0: Had a pretty decent night. Did really well on Ottawa’s first goal to cut down Sanon’s angle and deny him the shot. Distribution was solid as always, and despite the scoreline had a good performance. With the injuries and suspension, he seems like a lock to continue starting the next few games.
Justin Davis – 6.0: Was an attacking threat down the left all night, putting in some good crosses and completing 84 percent of his passes. However, he gave the ball away really sloppily just outside his own box, directly leading to Ottawa’s second goal.
Taylor Washington – 5.5: Started on the right wing, and played as a number 10 to start the second half. Replaced by Tucker Hume after 60 minutes. Largely ineffective going forward, but then again so was the entire attack.
Matt LaGrassa – 7.0: Unfortunate to have one of his best performances in what may have been the worst result of the season. Was obviously more comfortable in a central role, saying “I am able to be more influential there.” Completed 83 percent of his passes and had a team-leading four shots. He sees space really well.
Michael Reed – 6.5: Looked less comfortable without Akinyode partnering him, but still created a team-high two chances. However, he often found himself occupying the same spaces as LaGrassa. Picked up a knock to his ankle and was replaced by Ryan James after 70 minutes.
Ish Jome – 5.5: Worked hard and got into some good spots. Beat his man on the dribble a few times, and had a shout for a penalty turned down in the first half. His end product in the final third still tends to disappoint. Like the rest of the attackers, mostly ineffective.
Brandon Allen – 5.0: Had one touch in the box all night. Managed a decent shot from it, but still… not good enough. Probably should’ve taken the penalty kick instead of Winn, though. Decided to stop marking Manella for Ottawa’s opening goal and left Davis isolated with two attackers. Frustrating.
Alan Winn – 5.0: Had three shots and created two chances, but looked really uncomfortable in a central role and eventually moved over to the right wing. Ended up taking the penalty kick in the 82nd minute, and hit the bar. Blew an opportunity to get three points on the road.
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Tucker Hume – 5.0: Replaced Washington in the 60th minute. Didn’t manage a shot. A very anonymous performance.
Ryan James – 6.0: Replaced the injured captain after 70 minutes. Pretty solid in possession. Not flashy, but not bad.
Kosuke Kimura – 5.0: Replaced Jome in the 79th minute, in what seemed to be a clear indication that Smith was settling for a draw. Played right midfield until Bourgeois went off injured, when he moved back to right back.
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Gary Smith – 5.0: Was hurt by the lack of Mensah and Akinyode, but his team was not set up to create chances. His substitutions were conservative as well, leaving Moloto on the bench when the game sorely needed some creativity. Has to figure out a way to create more chances and get better results if Nashville wants to make the playoffs.

Nashville SC player ratings vs. FC Cincinnati

Nashville SC came away with a 0-0 draw against future MLS side FC Cincinnati Saturday night at Nissan Stadium. Here’s how the Speedway Soccer Pod rated each player’s performance.

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Gary Smith – 7.5: Set up his team well and they looked likely to score multiple goals in the first half. Can’t be blamed for poor finishing. Was a little slow to make changes, especially to the wide players, but Bourgeois’s injury definitely complicated his substitution patterns.

Matt Pickens – 9.0: Didn’t have an incredibly busy night, but made two key saves in the last five minutes to keep Cincinnati from stealing three points.

Kosuke Kimura – 8.0: Worked hard all night, keeping the left side of Cincinnati’s attack pretty quiet. Got into the attack well and was always available to receive a pass.

Bradley Bourgeois – 7.5: Made a valiant effort, but was visibly struggling from the first few minutes. Still put in a good shift and shut down a couple Cincinnati attacks, but couldn’t last past the 53rd minute and was replaced by Woodberry. Hopefully it’s not a long-term injury.

Liam Doyle – 6.5: Shaky. Was lucky not to be called for a penalty kick in the first half, and was incredibly nonchalant in an attempt to win a ball deep in his own half, letting Cincinnati through on goal. Pickens bailed him out, but it wasn’t his best showing.

Justin Davis – 8.0: Found himself in all kinds of space on the left and took advantage of it, serving some fantastic balls into the box and creating four chances. Left Doyle isolated once or twice, but overall one of his best showings of the season.

Matt LaGrassa – 8.0: Fluctuated between a central and a wide role, rotating with Moloto. Always dangerous around Cincinnati’s box and saw some strong shots go just wide. He’s in a good run of form, but he needs to put some of those efforts on frame. Came off for Jome after 79 minutes.

Michael Reed – 8.0: The captain was everywhere. He passed aggressively and got in positions to shut down several Cincinnati passing moves. A good showing.

Bolu Akinyode – 8.0: Completed a casual 90 percent of his passes and made five tackles. Just another day at the office against the best team in the east. He’s quietly making a case for Nashville’s best player of the season.

Alan Winn – 8.0: One of Nashville’s best players on the night. Pacey and lively on the ball, giving former Arsenal defender Justin Hoyte all kinds of problems. Created three chances and was unlucky not to notch an assist. Came off for Washington after 73 minutes.

Lebo Moloto – 8.0: Dangerous all night, but loses points for poor finishing. Hit the post from 20 yards and missed two headers from close range, one just glancing past the far post and one saved by Newton for point blank range. Overall a good night, but his job is to score goals and he didn’t.

Brandon Allen – 7.5: Was dangerous in Cincinnati’s box. Had several good looks, creating two chances and taking five shots. Probably should have scored, though, and was gassed towards the end. If Bourgeois hadn’t been forced off with injury, Allen probably would have made way for Ropapa.

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London Woodberry – 7.5: Replaced the injured Bradley Bourgeois after 53 minutes and picked up where he left off, defending well and passing well out of the back. Could see more time depending on how long Bourgeois is out.

Taylor Washington – 7.5: Came on for Winn and continued to stretch the field. Put a few decent balls into the box and kept Cincinnati’s defense occupied.

Ish Jome – 6.0: Replaced LaGrassa after 79 minutes and was pretty invisible. Hasn’t been good in recent weeks.

Player Ratings: Nashville SC vs. Indy Eleven

Nashville SC dropped its second consecutive game in all competitions and lost at home for the first time with a 2-0 defeat against Indy Eleven. Here’s how the Speedway Soccer Pod broke down the performance Tuesday night.

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Gary Smith – 5.0: His team looked void of ideas, had no real pace through the center, and were predictable in the final third. The players he brought on were positive, but his decision to take off Woodberry instead of James was surprising. A night to forget.
Matt Pickens – 5.5: A mixed bag. Made a Save-Of-The-Week level stop, only to see Indy score off the resulting corner. Let in a howler for Indy’s second. He’ll want that one back.
London Woodberry – 7.0: One of the few who had a decent night. Made strong runs down the right flank and provided effective service in the final third. However, his poor marking on a corner kick lead to Indy’s first goal. Surprised to see him taken off in the 60th minute.
Bradley Bourgeois – 5.0: Let Braun get behind him for Indy’s second goal, and missed another header from close range in second half stoppage time. He’s had 13 shots on the season, almost all of them from very close range. He’s only put 3 on target and hasn’t scored one. Sooner or later, he’s going to have to come up with some end product.
Liam Doyle – 5.0: Not as culpable as Bourgeois for Indy’s second goal, but still slow to react and didn’t recognize Braun’s run in behind. His passing wasn’t as effective as usual, and didn’t add a ton to Nashville’s second half push for a goal.
Ryan James – 6.0: Worked hard, but his end product wasn’t there. Surprised he stayed on when Woodberry was taken off.
Matt LaGrassa – 5.0: Lost his man on the corner for Indy’s first goal. Provided some decent service into the box, but lacked ideas to break Indy down in the second half. Replaced by Mensah in the 68th minute.
Michael Reed – 6.0: Worked hard, passed efficiently, created three chances and took a few shot. Like the rest of the team, he defaulted to passing the ball out to the wings for a cross instead of trying to find any space through the middle.
Bolu Akinyode – 5.5: Completed 93 percent of his passing, but there are times when he has to be more aggressive. Last night was one of those times. Like Reed, he defaulted to passing out to the wings, instead of looking for other more effective options. Needs to take more shots.
Ish Jome – 5.0: Below par. Had chances to take on a defender 1v1 and passed the ball off instead. Deservedly taken off at halftime.
Lebo Moloto – 6.5: Another player who comes away with some credit. Nashville’s only consistent threat, creating seven chances. Too often, though, he passed the ball off to a teammate instead of taking the shot himself. Needs to be more selfish in games like that.
Brandon Allen – 5.0: Pretty invisible. Touched the ball three times in Indy’s box. Only took three shots, one of which was a hopeful effort from distance, and the other two were snatched at. In what’s becoming a recurring trend, lack of pace really limited his effectiveness.
SUBS:
Alan Winn – 7.0: Replaced Jome at halftime and brought a spark to the Boys In Gold (who were actually wearing navy). Had a fantastic header cleared off the line at the far post. Created three chances and connected really well with Washington on the left.
Taylor Washington – 7.0: Ran himself into the ground, and overlapped really well, often opening up space for Winn. His final ball into the box wasn’t always on, though.
Ropapa Mensah – 6.5: Came on with 22 minutes left and brought pace to the team, but wasn’t incredibly effective. Tried to connect with Moloto and James, but his ideas didn’t always come off and only managed one shot.