Player Ratings: Nashville SC vs. FC Dallas

Nashville’s last regular season home match in their inaugural season ended on a low note, as the Boys in Gold lost 1-0 against FC Dallas Wednesday

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 – 6.5: Really unfortunate on the goal he conceded since him and Zimmerman got in each other’s way to try and block the shot, but stil

Daniel Lovitz – 7: Lovitz was unfortunate to lose his footing in a scramble in the box for what would’ve been a tap-in goal, but he was once again one of Nashville’s best players on the pitch.

Dave Romney – 6.8: Romney hit a decent shot from outside the box that was ultimately saved, and was a consistent threat for Nashville on the defensive side.

Walker Zimmerman – 7.5: Did his best to try and block the shot on the goal, but that ultimately benefited Hollingshead since it prevented Willis from recovering properly to his near-post.

Jack Maher – 6.3: Got caught flat-footed trying to draw Hollingshead offside on his goal, which the linesman might have missed. Had to be subbed off early due to an injury.

Eric Miller – 5.5: Miller disappointed once again, providing errant passes and was not effective defensively.

Anibal Godoy – 6.3: Had some solid tackles in the middle, but was too slow and predictable in his passing.

Brian Anunga – 6.5: Did some good tracking and put decent pressure on Dallas in the middle.

Matt LaGrassa – 6: LaGrassa’s role in this formation should’ve been one where he delivered the majority of the service up to the forwards, and while he did that a few times, it was not enough to provide as a constant attacking threat.

Randall Leal –  6.3: Whipped in a great ball to Lovitz on his miss, and was once again Nashville’s most promising force on the attacking side for a team that was lacking one for many spells.

Daniel Rios – 6: Rios seemed a bit isolated and ineffective up top without a proper 10 to provide him service, and thus his play suffered.


Jalil Anibaba –  6.3: Subbed on for Maher after his injury and played the same role.

Jhonder Cadiz –  6: Had a few decent looks on goal that ended up not being on target, including a shot from outside the box and a header from a Bwana cross.

Alex Muyl–  6.3: Brought on to try and provide some service from the flanks on the right side, but was relatively quiet upon his arrival.

Handwalla Bwana –  6: Bwana’s first minutes as a Nashville starter where promising, as he delivered a decent ball to Cadiz. Could see some minutes against Orlando if he impresses in training.

Derrick Jones –  5.5: Smith tried to adjust his formation back with the introduction of Jones late in to the match as a 10, but by then it was too late, and Jones did not have enough time to adjust to the match.


Gary Smith – 5.3:  Smith’s 3-5-2 formation raised a few eye brows when the team sheet was presented, and it proved to be quite ineffective in this match. Regardless, the team is only playing for playoff position at this point, which is why Smith seemed to prefer a rotated squad to keep everyone rested for when the matches are win-or-go-home.

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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