Player Ratings: Nashville SC 2-1 Montreal Impact

After their dismal performance over the weekend in Texas, the ‘Yotes bounced back with a 2-1 victory over Montreal Impact Wednesday.

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 – 5.3: Although Willis’ distribution out of the back was pretty exceptional, his blunder that led to the Montreal goal was not ideal and ultimately prevented him from collecting a clean sheet.

Dan Lovitz – 7.3: Lovitz’s ability to set up chances from his flank as a wingback is becoming invaluable, as he logged two key passes, including the one over the top that set up Nashville’s second goal.

Dave Romney – 7.5: Won all of his ground and aerial duels, and even put in one of his trademark long throws #forthebrand.

Walker Zimmerman – 7.3: Zimmerman recorded a couple of crucial tackles for his side, along with three clearances and two headed clearances.

Jack Maher – 7.5: Super Jackie Maher continues to be the distributor out of the backline, completing 92% of his passes and hitting 67% of his long balls.

Brain Anunga – 7.8: This might’ve been Anunga’s best performance in a Nashville SC jersey so far during his time here, as he was omnipresent through the midfield, winning five interceptions and recovering behind the ball effectively. A good sign of his development if he can con

Dax McCarty – 6.8: Completed 96% of his passes and delivered all five of his long balls, but wasn’t as involved in winning the midfield battles as he normally is.

Alex Muyl – 8: Muyl’s performance was more than just the banger of a goal he hit cutting in with his left, as he was making tackles and taking on Montreal’s defense (three completed dribbles). An outstanding performance from a player that appears to be a mainstay in the starting 11 moving forward.

Hany Mukhtar – 7.8:  Finished his chance from CJ Sapong’s low cross properly, but could have had more as he took three quality shots.

Luke Haakenson– 5.8: Not the most convincing performance from Haakenson on the night, as he was a bit invisible at times and when he did have the ball, he had a tendency of being a bit erratic with his touch. Still, he’s a young player and he’ll continue to develop.

CJ Sapong – 7.8: Played a great ball across the face of goal for Hany to finish properly after winning the ball over the top from Mukhtar. He also was excellent at winning long balls that were coming to his direction, winning five-of-seven aerial duels.

SUBS

Eric Miller (on ′66) – 6.5: Took Haakenson’s place in an effort to bring a more defensive presence, logging in a clearance.

Sean Davis (on ′66) – 6.5:  Davis got some relief after playing the vast majority of minutes since the season began, but still saw some minutes and completed all but one of his passes.

Anibal Godoy (on ′75) – 6:  Good to see Godoy back in the fray after his injury stint, who was able to get in some minutes. Let’s see if and when Gary Smith inserts him back into the 11.

Ethan Zubak (on ′90+) – 5:  Came on late in a like-for-like sub for Sapong to try and hold up play.

MANAGER

Gary Smith – 8: Smith’s side had the perfect response from the dud over the weekend against Houston Dynamo on the road with a side that’s seeing the rotations pay off a bit by going back to a much stronger squad. They’ll now face three opponents in span of a week, so expect to see some more squad rotation.

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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