Player Ratings: Nashville 3-1 Columbus Crew

The ‘Yotes extended their unbeaten run of matches in MLS to seven with a 3-1 victory against Columbus Crew Sunday.

Below are our player ratings.

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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 – 8.5: If not for the initial banger that was conceded in the first couple of minutes, Joe would’ve had another solid outing with five saves.

Dan Lovitz – 6.8: Two assists from corners on the night for Lovitz helped him earn MLS team of the week honors along with Hany Mukhtar, while also completing four successful tackles and 75% of his ground duels.

Jack Maher – 7: Won all three aerial duels and had five recoveries.

Lukas MacNaughton – 6.8: MacNaughton continues to be an excellent pick for the Boys in Gold with another stellar defensive performance with five interceptions and nine recoveries.

Shaq Moore – 7.3 Wasn’t great with his ground duels won (40%) and committed four fouls, including picking up a yellow card.

Alex Muyl – 7.3: Was certainly Nashville’s best threat to score in the first half with a few shots, and also completed six passes into the final third.

Anibal Godoy – 6: Got caught out of position during the Crew’s buildup for the opening goal, and only won one duel on the night.

Dax McCarty – 6.5: McCarty had a few errant touches and was a few steps behind throughout the match, but he still helped create the most chances with three.

Fafà Picault– 7.8: Picault creeped into the middle of the six-yard box on a back post run from a corner kick and poked in his chance for the equalizer.

Hany Mukhtar – 8.2: Mukhtar would’ve still had a great outing without his stoppage time goal, but it certainly did help with his rising MVP stock and those who had Mukhtar ATGS bet slips.

Teal Bunbury – 6.8: Scored on a header from a corner that helped give Nashville the lead.


Jacob Shaffelburg – 7.5: Made some great runs with the ball and passes across the face of goal, creating three different chances.

Randall Leal – 6.8: Had a shot from long range on target and three recoveries. He should be ready soon to resume a starting role for the ‘Yotes.

Sean Davis– 6.2: Lost his only duel during his limited time.

Jan Gregus – 6.5: Had four recoveries and completed one accurate long ball.

Walker Zimmerman – 6.3: Zimmerman made a quick cameo after his injury stint and had two clearances.


Gary Smith – 8.7: Smith has really found something special with the diamond midfield, despite conceding the initial goal early on. The side had 17 shots with a 2.37 xG on the night, and they truly didn’t look all that potent until the second half. Regardless, Nashville now finds itself second in the Eastern Conference on quite the run of form, and have some fairly favorable matchups coming up in the month of June to help bolster its league status.

Author: Andy Simmonsjoined Speedway Soccer after stints with Golden Goal and 615 Formation. A former journalist now in web development, Simmons also previously worked for Main Street Media and Gannett. A student of the game, Simmons has been playing soccer his entire life and participates in several adult soccer leagues around town. When he is not playing soccer, you can find him at brunch, rewatching Rick and Morty or The Office, doing a mock draft for fantasy football, or complaining about Arsenal.

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