Player Ratings: Nashville SC 3-0 FC Dallas

Nashville SC made it two-for-two against clubs from the Lone-Star State in the span of a week, defeating FC Dallas 3-0 Tuesday night.

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 of our evaluation process.

  • A rating of 6 denotes and 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 – 7.0:  Didn’t do too much on the night, but he still read crosses well on a night that he recorded his eighth clean sheet on the year.

Daniel Lovitz – 7.8:  Lovitz returned to the starting lineup and continued his excellent play on the left. We’ll have to get used to seeing him in the lineup down the stretch.

Dave Romney – 7.8:  A few key blocks here and there, and Romney once again turned in a good performance, helping solidify the all-around exceptional night for Nashville.

Walker Zimmerman – 8:  Returned from his one-game absence due to injury and picked up right where he left off, defending crosses and picking them out of the air.

Alistar Johnston – 7.3:  Made his return after serving his red card suspension and played much better, defending his flank well and always providing a threat to cross.

Anibal Godoy – 7.0: Not a stellar performance from Godoy, who had some sloppy touches and was also shown a yellow card. Wouldn’t look too much into it, however.

Dax McCarty – 7.8: Made his return to the lineup after a rest against Houston, but was strong as always with linking up play between defense and attack.

Alex Muyl – 7.8: Really crafty in his movement on the ball, and delivered some great crosses into the box that threatened the Dallas backline.

Randall Leal – 8.8: Cooley slotted his opportunity home for Nashville’s opening goal, and was certainly one of Nashville’s most threatening options going forward.

Derrick Jones- 8.0: Set up Leal’s goal and was strong in the linkup play throughout the match serving as the No. 10.

Abu Danladi – 7.5:  Had a few opportunities on goal, including one that just missed the far post. Regardless, he fared well as Nashville’s target man.


Brian Anunga –7.3 :  Came in for relief of Godoy after he picked up a yellow and performed well with his ball distribution, including setting up Daniel Rios for his goal.

Jhonder Cádiz  8.0: Cádiz got his first goal in gold off a deflection, but the big Venezuelan was exceptional in his holdup play. Once he’s fully match fit, he’ll be a force to reckon with.

Taylor Washington – 7.5:  Whipped in some great crosses during his shift, including one to Rios that should have been an easy header.

Daniel Ríos 8.0: We’re just going to leave this here.

Matt LaGrassa – 6.8: Excellent in his shift as well after his stellar performance against Houston. Don’t be surprised if LaGrassa continues to see minutes down the stretch.


Gary Smith – 8.5:  Smith reverted back to his normal 4-2-3-1 formation with all of his regular starters, with the exception of Hany Mukhtar, back at his disposal. His side was threatening every time they had the ball in their possession, and also defended with vigor. His substitutions to kill off the match were spot on as well.

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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