Nashville SC recorded its first clean sheet of the season but also drew its third consecutive home match with a 0-0 draw against Inter Miami Sunday.
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 – 7.8: Two fantastic saves to start the match helped Nashville SC preserve its first clean sheet and helped Willis earn week 3 TOTW honors.
Daniel Lovitz – 6: A fairly underwhelming match for Lovitz by his standards, with his service a bit lacking. Did have some decent moments dribbling the ball, but nothing that threatened the Miami opposition.
Dave Romney – 6.8: A rather quiet game from Romney, which isn’t a bad thing for a defender. Did provide some good service.
Walker Zimmerman – 6.8: A commander in the air, Zimmerman was rarely beat in aerial duels. He did have one shaky moment in the second half on a breakaway that led to a foul, which could’ve been a red if it wasn’t for Romney close by.
Alistar Johnston – 6.5: Johnston had some exceptional crosses from the wing, but he also had some duds that went wayward.
Dax McCarty – 6.8: McCarty certainly took a beating in the midfield trying to distribute to the front line, but did complete 94% of his passes. Hopefully, he has shaken off the cobb webs from the first match.
Anibal Godoy – 6.7: Had a good volley that should’ve been a goal, but it took a deflection. We’re seeing more of Godoy dribbling the ball up field to the attack, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Alex Muyl – 5.6: A fairly pedestrian day for Muyl, who was rarely involved in any of the attack.
Hany Mukhtar – 6.3: Another underwhelming performer, Mukhtar put in a shift that was missing the precise passing we expect out of him.
Randall Leal – 7: Leal was a danger from the wings for the third straight week, who looked to take on defenders on the dribble with no fear. He even shifted central after Mukhtar was subbed off and continued his attacking presence.
Jhonder Cadiz – 7: Although Cadiz could not convert on any of his chances he was given, he continues to be strong in holdup play and always a threat in the box if defenders are not weary.
CJ Sapong – 5.6: Sapong did not bring the same type of presence that Cadiz offered in the holdup play, and thus the offense was not as effective when he came on.
Handwalla Bwana – 6: Bwana was crisp in some of his dribbling, but also lacked any real threat in creating chances for his teammates once he arrived.
Dominique Badji – 5.2: Missed a header late into the match, which was his only noteworthy activity.
Rodrigo Piñeiro – 5.5: Came into the dying embers of the match to make his Nashville SC debut. Perhaps fans will be treated to more of his presence.
Gary Smith – 6: Smith’s subs suggested that he was trying to get his first points of the season, but the subs he brought on were vastly underwhelming in yet another match that was there for the taking. The buildup play is exceptional, but the finishing product was lacking. Luckily, they’re still technically unbeaten through three matches, but only picking up three points in those three matches is not an ideal way to start their campaign.
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