Stats that defined the match | Nashville SC 2-2 LA Galaxy

Nashville SC couldn’t hang onto a 2-0 lead against the LA Galaxy on Sunday at Geodis Park, but there were plenty of positives. Heavily rotated with an eye on Inter Miami in Concacaf Champions Cup on Wednesday, Nashville’s reserves looked shockingly dangerous and cohesive, and went toe-to-toe with a full strength Galaxy side that have been tipped to be one of the Western Conference’s elite.

Mckinze Gaines’s average position

Gaines was one of the major highlights on Sunday. He used his pace to provide an outlet to the NSC midfield. In the first half, everything positive went through Gaines.

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If he was on the right wing, Nashville attacked down the right. If he was on the left wing, Nashville attacked down the left.

He led Nashville with three chances created, including recording an assist to Yearwood.  He’s a massive improvement to the Nashville bench and gives them a game-changer late in games.

Amar Sejdić

Amar Sejdić exhibited his full range of quality in his competitive debut for Nashville SC.

He’s a skilled passer and can stretch the field with an accurate long ball—a trait Nashville lacked off the bench in 2023. However, he struggles to win the ball. Two of seven ground duels won for a deep-lying midfielder is a borderline liability, and Riqui Puig’s goal came directly after Sejdić failed to win the ball.

Gary Smith attempted to cover him with Brian Anunga and Dru Yearwood, but it wasn’t enough in the end.

CONCACAF Champions Cup table

The CONCACAF Champions Cup is a difficult competition to manage. It’s not like the Open Cup, where teams can take it easy midweek to focus on the weekend. Everyone struggles with the CCC.

It may, howver, affect NSC more in the long run than other teams. New York Red Bulls, Colorado Rapids, and the LA Galaxy are teams NSC should expect to beat, especially when playing two out of three at home. It’s not necessarily a poor start for Nashville, but the question is how many points can NSC afford to lose due to CCC?

Gold Star of the match: Dru Yearwood

1 goal
1 penalty won
7 passes into the final third
2/3 tackles won
7 recoveries
5/8 ground duels won

Dru Yearwood’s coming-out party was on Sunday afternoon. It’s early in the season, but he’s shown to be more than just a defensive midfielder.

His chance creation was solid, and he was NSC’s best option to get the ball forward in the attack. He is my gold star of the match.
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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