Player Ratings: Nashville SC 1-1 Columbus Crew

It was another familiar result for Nashville SC Wednesday night, as the Boys in Gold shared the points in a 1-1 draw against Columbus Crew.

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 – 6.5: Willis could not make it three straight matches with a clean sheet, as he was beaten far post by a well-struck shot by Lucas Zelarayan on the counter.

Dave Romney – 6.8: Had seven of his eight long balls hit the Nashville front line, but also accounted for five clearances.

Walker Zimmerman – 7.3:  Had six clearances and a few headed chances on target early in the match.

Jack Maher – 7.5:  Served up a fantastic long ball to the front line that resulted in the game-tying goal.

Alistar Johnston – 7:  Only had one of his five crosses account as an accurate one, but still won the majority of his duels on the flank.

Taylor Washington – 6.5: With Lovitz out of commission, Washington was once again called into action as a left-back/winger, providing 22 passes in the opposition half. He only registered one cross, however, which will need to improve considering that’s one of his strengths.

Dax McCarty – 6.8: Completed 93% of his passes with half of them coming in the opposition half.

Anibal Godoy – 7.3: Was fouled the most out of any Nashville players, which showed his willingness to not only win the ball, but try and carry it into the opposition side.

Hany Mukhtar – 8.8:  Brilliant finish on the low cross from Rios to put Nashville level. Also had four key passes and completed 85% of those passes as well.

Randall Leal – 6.3: His two chances came from outside the box and were not on target, but did contribute two key passes.

CJ Sapong – 6.8:  Only had two chances as his goal drought carries on. Nashville fans are hoping he’ll recapture his goal-scoring magic by the time the playoffs roll around.


Ake Loba – 7:  Loba had the “hockey assist” for the game-tying goal on a wonderful heel flick to Rios from Maher’s long ball.

Daniel Rios – 7.3:  Offered up the assist for the game-tying goal and made some decent runs. He’s showing once again that he can be a difference-maker coming off the bench.

Brian Anunga – 6:  Had limited touches during his time on as a sub, and only had one accurate pass.

Luke Haakenson – 6:  Picked up a pretty questionable yellow card during his limited minutes


Gary Smith – 7.3:  That’s five straight draws for Smith’s side. The good news is that they’re at least points. However, it took Columbus’ goal late in the second half to get some sense of urgency out of the side, and the attacking subs he placed on, Rios and Loba, were able to provide that spark needed for the equalizer.

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.

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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