Nashville SC picked up a decent, if frustrating, draw on the road against Inter Miami CF on Sunday.
Below are our player ratings for the match.
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 of our evaluation process.
- A rating of 6 denotes and 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 – 7.5: Willis again showed up with some huge saves, particularly a kick save late in the match to deny Robbie Robinson from close range. A point-saving performance.
Daniel Lovitz – 7.5: It’s unfortunate that the miss will be the most-remembered part of his match, because otherwise he was really good. Takes a bit of a knock for missing what should have been the winner late in the game.
Walker Zimmerman – 7.5: Dealt with Miami’s attackers well for the most part, although Pizarro was able to drift back to find space a couple times.
Dave Romney – 7.5: Similarly to Zimmerman, he lost his mark once or twice but wasn’t punished. His passing continues to be a big strength.
Alistar Johnston – 7.5: Looks like he’s locked down that starting right back position. His final ball could use some work, but defensively he’s always sound and his workrate is fantastic.
Dax McCarty – 7.3: Struggled a bit with his passing in the opening few minutes, but improved towards the end of the half.
Anibal Godoy – 7.5: As always, a physical presence in midfield. He uses his body better than anyone else in the squad, always an outlet to receive the ball in pressure, and setting up defenders to draw a foul. Also capable of hitting a couple pinpoint diagonals each game. Has a strong case to be Nashville’s MVP through nine matches.
Alex Muyl (off 62′) – 7: Worked hard, as is his MO. He continues to link really well in the final third, combining well with Mukhtar and Leal, and nearly setting up Mukhtar for a goal with a great flicked pass. Looked like he wanted to stay on the field with 30 minutes left to play.
Hany Muhktar – 7.5 (off 89′): One of his better performances in gold. Started slowly (as did the whole team), but really grew into the game. Pulled all the strings for Nashville in the second half, and was able to get between Miami’s lines and cause problems on the half turn. A promising showing.
Randall Leal – 6.8 (off 61′): A decent showing from Leal, but he was unable to build on his midweek goal. He gets into great spots and works really hard, but the final ball or shot too often lets him down. He had some moments in Miami, but a fairly average performance.
Dominique Badji – 6.5: Worked really hard. Made a couple good runs in behind, including one that looked certain to be a goal until Reyes intervened. His effort is never in question, but the end product just hasn’t been there.
Abu Danladi – 4.0 (on 61′): A really poor display that could have been a lot worse. Danladi was shown a yellow card less than a minute after coming on, and probably should have received a second yellow card two minutes later. Stretched the game a bit with his pace, but he was poor on the ball.
Taylor Washington – 6.0 (on 62′): Replaced Alex Muyl, and Gary Smith credited his work ethic and character after the match. He worked hard on both sides of the ball, and used his speed to pull defenders away from Lovitz a couple times. His final cross was overhit a couple times, though.
Daniel Ríos – 6.5 (on 73′): Able to draw a couple fouls with clean touches and good body positioning, but wasn’t able to cause Miami too many problems.
Derrick Jones – 6.0 (on 89′): On with a minute left to go. No real time to influence the game.
Gary Smith – 6.8: A similar gameplan from Smith, and it’s hard to say that a point on the road is a bad result. Some of his substitutions were a little conservative, but without many attacking options on the bench, he left himself without many other choices.
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