Stats that defined Nashville’s Concacaf debut

Nashville SC got their Concacaf Champions Cup campaign off to a winning start. Goals from Hany Mukhtar, Sam Surridge and Tyler Boyd propelled them through the first leg against Moca FC as 3-0 winners, putting them in prime position to advance to the Round of 16 against Inter Miami.

Here are three stats that defined the match for the Coyotes

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Four big chances created for Nashville

Nashville ranked 25th in “big chances created” during the 2023 season, with a total of 59 chances created. This averages out to only 1.6 big chances per game. However, in a match against a weaker opponent, Nashville was able to create numerous chances, score goals, and ultimately win the game. Mukhtar, Surridge, Boyd, and Teal Bunbury each contributed 1 “big chance”, an impressive start to the season.

58% possession on the road

Last year, Nashville SC had a poor record when they had to possess the ball and break down a low block. However, tonight, that wasn’t the case. In 2023, Nashville SC never scored multiple goals when they had the ball for more than 52% of the game. This has affected their home results, as opponents tend to concede possession when they’re playing away.

Hopefully, Nashville can improve in this area and increase their home point total this season. While Thursday’s opponent didn’t pose too many serious challenges for Nashville, it was nevertheless an encouraging showing.

Four touches in the box for Sam Surridge

Sam Surridge got off to a slow start to his MLS career, which made everyone wonder, “How could a player who looked so promising in the Leagues Cup perform so poorly now?”

When a team struggles, the striker often gets penalized the most. Mukhtar and Dax McCarty’s performances dropped post-Leagues Cup, and without any support to pass the ball and find Surridge in dangerous areas, the player who was so lethal in the Leagues Cup disappeared.

However, in the two games last year where Surridge touched the ball five times in the opposing box, he had his two best MLS games. Get him service and he will produce.

Debutant Tyler Boyd

  • 36/41 Passing
  • 4 Chances Created. Most in Match
  • 2 Dribbles Completed. Most in Match
  • 2 Shots on Target
  • 1 Goal
  • 10 Touches in Moca’s box
  • 8/13 Ground Duels won. Led NSC

Tyler Boyd had a fantastic debut for the Boys in Goald. He played as a versatile attacker, providing width on both wings and a non-Hany option to advance the ball from the midfield. Boyd’s presence will be crucial to NSC’s attack this season and he’ll give the team a look they haven’t had since Randal Leal’s peak in 2021.

Author: Jeff RemlingerJeff Remlinger, a data nerd from Chicago, IL, fell in love with MLS by watching the Chicago Fire. Some would say he threw his Fire jersey in the trash a little too quickly when Nashville joined MLS. Jeff has a passion for the statistical side of sports, and when he’s not writing about soccer, he can be found watching his beloved Arsenal or Iowa State Cyclones. Jeff can be found @MusicCitySCStat on X, where he shares his statistical analysis of Nashville SC.

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