Welcome to The Wrap! In my efforts to figure out how a full postgame package will play out during the regular season, trying out the final piece on the last game before moving onto the next one. Here’s the inaugural edition.
There were more dangerous chances in both directions in the second 45, with Matt Pickens forced to make saves on a pair of dangerous opportunities for the Riverhounds. Meanwhile, Nashville’s substitutions of Ropapa Mensah for Robin Shroot and Taylor Washington at left back (the latter of which saw Ryan James slide over to the right side and into the backline for a return to the 5-3-2 formation) in the 57th and 62nd minutes appeared to breathe fresh life into the side.
“To be honest, whilst I’m frustrated, and disappointed we didn’t take all three points, as we all are, slowly-but-surely I’m starting to see what will formulate the group moving forward. And it was always going to be a bit of a work in progress. There’s huge expectation around this organization and team, and that sometimes is really difficult for all of us to deal with, but nevertheless, it’s something that we should aspire to.”
Tailgating video piece:
Attendance talk. Does NSC have the juice to set a IUSL record later this season?
Player breakdown and ratings, with your man of the match, Matt Pickens:
Although the pure numbers had him No. 2 in man of the match rating, the fact that it’s tougher for a goalkeeper to be involved in every phase of the game than an attacking midfielder (spoiler alert) makes him my choice. He was solid in distribution, came off his line at all the right times, and of course made a couple impeccable saves. Even shots that went wide were covered had they been on frame (except one, Romeo Parkes’s post).
And a look from the film room at how Ryan James’s versatility made such a big impact on the tactics (and should continue to do so going forward).
From Nashville: Postgame stories from 615 Formation, Golden Goal. Three things we learned from Music City Soccer. Golden Goal/Soccer Speedway player ratings. Thoughts on the experience from the Music City Supporters. Game story from the Nashville Post. The worst column of all time in the Tennessean. Five things learned in the same outlet.
From Pittsburgh: Local coverage from Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh’s CBS affiliate with the highlight reel. Tobi Adeyole’s block on the Ropapa Mensah volley seems to already be going down in Riverhounds lore. The USL’s weekend wrap with two bullet points on the game, including one on attendance. The Mon Goals podcast reviews the game. The Hounds aren’t worried abut a lack of goals in the opener (for some reason).