Player Ratings: Nashville SC 3-0 Vancouver Whitecaps

Nashville SC made it two wins in its last two matches with a 3-0 victory against Vancouver Whitecaps Saturday.

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: No saves for Willis on the night, but that was mostly due to the fact that Vancouver had zero shots on target. Still, a clean sheet is a clean sheet and I’m sure there will be zero complaints on Willis’ end.

Taylor Washington – 6.8: Washington did create one chance, but he lost his only duel of the match and only hit one successful cross.

Eric Miller – 7.3: Not Miller’s best day on the distribution side with long balls (only one-of-seven completed), but did win 80% of his duels.

Jack Maher – 9.3: Maher has had to take a bit of a backseat in the lineup due to the addition of Shaq Moore, and his most recent appearance will certainly help with his confidence moving forward. Not only did he score two goals, but he was also an absolute defensive unit for the defense with four blocked shots, eight clearances, and won 82% of his aerial duels.

Dave Romney – 7.3: Romney completed the most passes out of any Nashville outfield player with 74, completing 57% of his long balls as well.

Anibal Godoy – 8: Godoy made his return to the starting 11 after his injury stint and made an immediate impact with his assist and 94% passing accuracy, as well as logging four interceptions.

Sean Davis– 7.2: Davis completed every pass and had two quality chances in the box, being much more involved on the offensive side of things.

Alex Muyl – 6.8: Muyl wasn’t too involved offensively (the least amount of touches), but did win 67% of his duels on the night.

Randall Leal – 8.3: Leal has played really well since returning from injury, so he’s been due to get on the scoresheet for quite some time. Nashville will hope that this goal will be a snowball effect and the goals will continue to come for Leal.

Ethan Zubak – 7.3:  Zubak gave Sapong some much needed relief as a number 9, completing all of his passes and providing an assist on 25 touches. So while the offense didn’t completely go through him up top, he made the most of his touches.

Hany Mukhtar – 8: Hany’s assist put his name the record books as the 15th MLS player to record double-digit goals and assists in multiple seasons. The good times should continue to roll as long as Mukhtar is continuing to contribute in both categories.

SUBS

Jacob Shaffelburg (on 65′) – 6.3: Shaffelburg made his presence know at Geodis Park last match, but wasn’t as effective as his starting debut. Regardless, fans will still be clamoring for more of Shaffelburg to get more than 30 minutes of play moving forward.

Luke Haakenson (on 66’) – 5.5: Completed one successful dribble and 71% of his passes. Haakenson still continues to make substitute appearances, but with limited impact.

Daniel Lovitz (on 78′) – 5.8: Lost both of his ground duels and picked up a yellow card during his limited minutes on the pitch.

Brian Anunga (on 78′) – 5.5: Only seven touches but recorded a tackle, an interception, and recovery.

Dax McCarty (on 85′) – 3.8: McCarty was tasked with taking a penalty that was drawn late in the match, and he was unable to convert. Not that it would have made a difference in the outcome, of course.

MANAGER

Gary Smith – 8.7: Heavy rotation was probably expected for Smith’s side for the furthest trip they’ll make all season, and they answered the call to make it six points in their last two matches. The match was completely one-sided (1.47-0.53 xG), with Nashville having eight shots inside the box. Nashville might be finding its form at the right time, with two pivotal home matches await.

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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