Film Friday: Defensive errors

Hello and welcome to another Film Friday!

Defensive errors have been a common theme for Nashville SC, so for today I’m doing an old fashioned goals breakdown for the most recent Miami match.

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Starting with the first goal, Nicolas Freire is about to play an incredible pass to open up the field. Before that, Nashville players were sitting back a bit and inviting pressure. At this point of the match, they have pressed Miami hard and probably wanted to calm things down a bit. There are three Miami players with a lot of space while Hany Mukhtar is applying just a bit of pressure on.

Aníbal Godoy is with Lionel Messi and Alex Muyl has tucked inside to stop any deep delivery. The brilliant pass fools everyone as it goes straight to Luis Suárez. Muyl is late to react and Godoy loses his marker. Josh Bauer is one on one with Suarez, whose incredible one touch finds Messi who has freed himself from any marking.

Now all of a sudden Nashville finds themselves in a 2v2 situation. Messi beats Lukas MacNaughton and gets his shot off. Elliot Panicco and Godoy do really well to recover, however MacNaughton just loses focus, which allows for Messi to finish from the rebound and an easy chance.

The second goal showcases Nashville’s struggles playing out the back. By the time Panicco receives the ball, he’s already unsettled by Miami’s press and only looking one way. He had a couple of options in the middle and the other side, but at that moment he was unable to turn his body.That led to a corner, which I won’t talk about a whole lot because it’s just poor coverage from a set piece. Busquets pretty much gets a free header.

The third goal is another really good pass played to Leo Afonso, however he is not in a threatening position. If we pause it right here, we will see that he’s going away from the goal, it’s a very unnecessary challenge from Bauer that led to Miami’s penalty. I’m not sure if he lost his footing or was just a clumsy challenge from the start, the better way to deal with this would’ve been to continue to push Afonso to the outside.

These mistakes have been very costly for Nashville SC, and they will need to be tighter at the back if they want to right the ship this season. Thank you for watching and please remember to always share and follow us.

Author: Valair Shabillamoved to Nashville as a refugee from Iraq at the age of 14. A fan of soccer from a young age, he used soccer to connect with a larger community in Nashville and adapt to life abroad. He's covered Nashville SC since 2019, co-hosting Pharmaceutical Soccer, and analyzing soccer from an audio/video perspective.

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