Player Ratings: CF Montreal 0-1 Nashville SC

Nashville picked up another three points on the road and extended its unbeaten run with a 1-0 victory against CF Montreal Saturday.

Below are our player ratings.

Each member of the Speedway Soccer crew gives each player that saw the pitch a rating based on their match performance. Below is a quick guideline for our evaluation process.

  • A rating of 6 denotes an average performance. Each player starts out with a 6 and their performance either adds or subtracts from that rating.
  • Scores are determined after re-watching the match and looking at the stats, and are the averaged total of each Speedway member’s ratings.

Joe Willis – 7.7: Three saves on the night for Willis helped him pick up another clean sheet, his league-leading ninth of the season.

Dave Romney – 7.5: It’s Zimmerman who will grab the headlines for this result, but Romney once again put in a great shift on the left side, including some excellent open-field defending.

Walker Zimmerman – 9: A massive blocked shot and the game-winner goal on a header from a set-piece? Yeah, what else needs to be said about Zimmerman’s MOTM performance.

Eric Miller – 6.3: Miller has shown he can play a number of positions (RCB, RWB, and RB). Although he’s not a regular starter, that versatility is pivotal for when Smith needs to slide him in to the lineup at times.

Daniel Lovitz – 7: Lined up on the right flank and won 67% of his duels, showing his versatility on each side of the field.

Taylor Washington – 6.5:  There’s trust in Washington to perform on that left flank, considering the number of starts and appearances he’s been granted so far this season. Although this wasn’t his best performance, he’ll continue to see minutes due to his strong work rate and pace.

Brian Anunga – 7: Three tackles on the night showed Anunga’s grit. It’s clear he’s a regular fixture in the 11 moving forward if he does the job he’s supposed to, which he has.

Matt LaGrassa – 5.8: Played in the McCarty role to start the match, but was pulled after 45 minutes of action in favor of Godoy.

Hany Mukhtar – 8.3: Put in the free kick that found the head of Zimmerman for the match-winner for his ninth assist of the season to go with his 10 goals.

Daniel Rios – 6.3:  Solid holdup play from Rios to help create some offensive chances.

CJ Sapong – 7.5:  Had the most shots on target on the night (four). No goals for him this outing, but was still a constant threat in front of goal.

SUBS

Anibal Godoy – 7.3:  Came in for LaGrassa at the half and completed 92% of his passes in his 45 minutes of action.

Alistar Johnston – 6.2:  Won half of his duels after being introduced in place of Miller at that RCB position.

Ake Loba – 6: No shots for Loba on this appearance, but he did complete 83% of his passes.

Alex Muyl – 6:  Brought on for some defensive work to help see out the 1-0 result.

Abu Danladi – 6:  Only came in for a couple of minutes to close out the match.

MANAGER

Gary Smith – 8.8: Another three points on the road for Smith, who is really starting to flip the narrative that his side can’t pick up points away from Nissan Stadium. The 3-5-2 continues to produce for him with the introduction of the Rios-Sapong partnership up top. Not saying they’re a lock for a home playoff spot, but if they keep this up, the Boys in Gold will certainly have the Nissan Stadium crowd behind them come playoff time.

What say you? Do you agree or disagree with our match ratings? Feel free to reach out to us on Twitter and let us know your thoughts.

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