The Post Card: Nashville SC’s all time five-a-side team

International breaks are brutal for #content, so I took an easy out and asked you to help me. We talked Hany Mukhtar’s future in Nashville, names to watch from Huntsville City, NSC players as guitar pedals (??), and an ultimate Nashville five-a-side team.

This was fun. Let’s dive in.

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Post by @jbentley347
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I try to avoid absolutes, but I would put this as close to a 0% chance. I think it’s much more likely that Mukhtar signs a new long-term deal and gets a raise.

Adem Sipić is the obvious one, although he hasn’t exactly lit MLS NEXT Pro on fire. He’s started just five of Huntsville’s 27 games and has scored just twice. I think he’ll get a shot with Nashville next year, but I expect it will be Ethan Zubak-levels of first-team involvement, with a good bit of time spent with Huntsville.

Azaad Liadi really interests me. Nashville badly need depth up top, and he’s been really good. He has 12 goals in just over 1,400 minutes and has the third-best goals per 90 rate of any player with at least 1,300 minutes. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s given a shot to earn a place on the team in preseason. Joey Skinner and Fernando Cicerón are others who I think could get looks from Nashville next year.

One last name to watch for the future is Isaiah Jones. He’s a 17-year-old box-to-box midfielder from Nashville’s academy, and has been a regular participant with Nashville SC in first-team training this season. Jones wasn’t in a matchday squad for Huntsville’s first 20 matches of the season, but has started four of their last seven.

Jones has a lot of work to do on the ball to be able to contribute at the MLS level. He’s still fairly conservative on the ball, and he tends to lose possession a bit too easily, but he has a fantastic engine and excels at breaking up play. At just 17, he has plenty of time to develop, and the fact that he’s already getting starting reps at a professional level says a lot about how Nashville rate him. I’m really excited to see how he develops.

I watched the first one. Didn’t love it. Didn’t watch the rest. Not sorry.

Post by @mrmikerayner
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Players as guitar pedals is rough. This will be bad, but I’ll try based on what I have on my board right now.

  • Joe Willis – PolyTune 3 Mini: this thing will save you.
  • Dan Lovitz – Ernie Ball Volume Pedal: You don’t usually notice it all the time, but if you need a bit of extra punch in a key moment, it’s a game changer.
  • Dax McCarty – Strymon BlueSky: Adds a ton of intangibles, ties the whole thing together, and helps everything stand out in key moments.
  • Hany Mukhtar – Wampler Overdrive: Ties the whole thing together. It doesn’t stand out for 75% of the song, but when you need a standout solo you just dial it up and everything pops. You also don’t realize how important it is until it’s gone.
  • Jacob Shaffelburg – Boss DD7 Delay: You don’t have to have it, but man, everything is more fun and sounds better with it.
  • Sam Surridge – Walrus ACS1: Caps everything off and brings the finished product.
  • Goalkeeper: Bryan Meredith. Super underrated with his feet. I want my five-a-side goalkeeper to be able to play.
  • Defender: Dan Lovitz. My team only plays with one true defender. We’re bold like that. Lovitz is great on the ball, can cover lots of ground, is comfortable with either foot and can carry the ball into midfield.
  • Midfielder: Dax McCarty. Great passer, easily has the engine to cover everything in five-a-side, and will keep the whole thing organized.
  • Midfielder: Hany Mukhtar. Duh.
  • Forward: Rodrigo Piñeiro. It sucks it didn’t work out in Nashville, but Piñeiro was one of the best pure attackers Nashville have had. He would have started for several other MLS clubs. Throw him up top in five-a-side, don’t expect him to defend, and just let him run at defenders.

Author: Ben Wrightis the Director of Soccer Content and a Senior MLS Contributor for Broadway Sports covering Nashville SC and the US National Team. Previously Ben was the editor and a founder of Speedway Soccer, where he has covered Nashville SC and their time in USL before journeying to Major League Soccer since 2018. Raised in Louisville, KY Ben grew up playing before a knee injury ended his competitive career. When he is not talking soccer he is probably producing music, drinking coffee or hanging out with his wife and kids. Mastodon

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