Player Ratings: Nashville SC 2-1 FC Dallas

The ‘Yotes picked up a massive road victory Saturday with a 2-1 victory against FC Dallas.

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 – 7.5: Had two saves, but was unable to really do anything on the equalizer since the chance was a tap-in on a low cross across the six-yard box.

Dan Lovitz – 8.3: Credited with another assist on his ball to Mukhtar for the match-winner, his third in two matches. Also had three successful dribbles past opponents and won 75% of his duels.

Jack Maher – 7.5: Completed the most passes out of any outfield player for Nashville with 85 and completed 86% of his long ball attempts.

Walker Zimmerman – 7: Made his return to the starting 11 and completed almost 60 minutes of match time. Had two clearances and made eight passes into the final third.

Shaq Moore – 7.5: His cross into the box may have deflected off of Nolan Norris’ head for the initial goal, but they all count the same. He technically wasn’t credited with the cross as successfully completed, but maybe he should have been.

Alex Muyl – 7.3: Muyl has been much more involved in the attacking third since moving to the middle of the pitch in the diamond formation, with three total shots. Also won five duels and completed two successful dribbles past opposition.

Anibal Godoy – 6.5: Godoy took a bit of a beating in the middle as the most fouled player in the match, having drawn three fouls. Also made six recoveries and completed 89% of his passes.

Sean Davis – 5.8: Davis had a few rocky moments in the match with some errant touches, but it was also his first start in a few matches.

Fafà Picault– 6: After his goal against Columbus Crew, Picault was somewhat held in check with no shots on 21 touches.

Hany Mukhtar – 8.3: Mukhtar picked up his 10th goal of the season after breaking through the Dallas backline and a perfectly-placed finish. The campaign for back-to-back MLS MVP trophies rolls on.

Teal Bunbury – 6.3: Like Picault, wasn’t too involved after scoring in his last match. He was involved a bit in the air with winning five aerial duels.

Substitutes

Josh Bauer – 7.3: Came in for relief of Zimmerman, who still wasn’t completely match fit just yet. Won one tackle and had a couple of clearances.

Randall Leal – 6.5: Completed all six of his passes on eight touches, but had no shots.

Jacob Shaffelburg – 7: Had one shot on target that could’ve easily been a goal for Nashville.

Taylor Washington – 6.3: Came on and won two tackles.

Jan Gregus – 6.3: Picked up a yellow card during his limited time.

Manager

Gary Smith – 8: Nashville continues its impressive run of form, despite the fact that this match could’ve easily ended as a draw and the ‘Yotes weren’t necessarily at their best. They were outperformed by Dallas in xG (1.37-0.91) and were outshot 14-7, yet one piece of Mukhtar magic like he’s done since signing for Nashville proved to be the difference. Another road trip now awaits against a disfunctional Toronto FC side.

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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