Player Ratings: FC Dallas 2-0 Nashville SC

Nashville SC lost by two goals for the first time since June 2021 when it lost to FC Dallas 2-0 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 – 5.5: Had an excellent save on a volley that seemed like it was destined for the bottom corner, but could not save the penalty or the deflected second shot.

Dan Lovitz – 5.3: Recorded the most tackles in the match with two and had a blocked shot, but wasn’t at his best with his distribution.

Dave Romney – 6.3: Was at 50% for accurate long balls and logged 10 clearances.

Walker Zimmerman – 7.5: Was dominant as usual and even had a great chance on a corner where his header creeped just wide of the post.

Eric Miller – 5.3: Lost both ground duels but had a couple of headed clearances.

Sean Davis – 6:  Was willing to dribble the ball forward from the midfield and won 71% of his duels, only getting dribbled past once.

Anibal Godoy – 6.3: Another decent shift by Godoy, who had the highest passing completion percentage at 90%. Did though put in a poor attempt of a challenge on the second goal when trying to prevent the ensuing run.

Dax McCarty – 5.5: McCarty completed 81% of his passes but was withdrawn after taking a hard hit right before half that wouldn’t allow him to complete the match a few minutes after the second half began.

Hany Mukhtar – 5.8:  Only had one shot himself, but put in some decent corners and was successful on a couple of dribbles.

Randall Leal – 6: No shots for Leal, but, like Mukhtar, was willing to try and dribble forward and at Dallas’ defense.

CJ Sapong – 5: Following the week after opening up his goal-scoring account, Sapong was a non-factor in front of goal, only recording one total shot.

SUBS

Alex Muyl (on 49′)– 4.5: Muyl came on early into the second half for McCarty, and picked up a silly yellow card, which was his only real contribution to the match.

Teal Bunbury (on 66′) – 5.3: Completed four of five passes, and once again showed that he’s Smith’s first offensive option off the bench.

Jack Maher (on 79′)– 3.5:  Not only caused the foul for the penalty, but also got unlucky on the deflection for the second goal. Regardless, it was not an ideal showing for Maher, as his foul flipped the match in favor of Dallas to pick up the three points.

Aké Loba (on 80′) – 5.3:  Loba’s deft touch on an attempted flick started the buildup for the second goal, which was only one of three touches during his limited time on the pitch. The conversations about Loba might start to get a bit louder.

MANAGER

Gary Smith – 3.8: A really flat showing by Smith’s side, who never looked up for the match right from the first whistle. The Boys in Gold logged the 2nd lowest xG of the weekend, and perhaps the match would’ve been salvaged had they escaped Texas with a draw. However, the substitutions definitely changed the outcome, and not in a good way. Smith can probably just go ahead and burn the film from this one, but a few more performances like this will have some eyebrows raised.

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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