Boys in Not Gold: Sept. 10, 2019

We watch Nashville SC, like, all the time. However, there are a few NSC players getting their action with other teams right now. Let’s pop in on them.

Out on loan

Vinnie Vermeer – With Las Vegas Lights through 2019 season

Vermeer was an unused substitute in two games last week: a 2-2 draw against Real Monarchs SLC Wednesday, and a 3-0 loss to El Paso Locomotive Saturday.

Joining in January

David Accam – with Columbus Crew until Jan. 1, 2019

Columbus has not played during the FIFA international break. Ghana (with whom Accam has 11 international caps) was eliminated from the African Cup of Nations in July, and did not play friendly matches during the break.

Aníbal Godoy – with San Jose Earthquakes until Jan. 1, 2019

San Jose has not played during the FIFA international break. Panama did not call Godoy up for a Concacaf Nations League two-legged matchup with Bermuda, which Los Canaleros won 4-3 on aggregate. He has 99 caps for his country, but is also still recovering from abdominal surgery this Summer, and a couple weeks of rest probably does a lot of good for him.

Randall Leal – with Deportivo Sabrissa until January transfer window

Costa Rica’s domestic league took a pause during the FIFA international break, but Leal was called up for his country, which played a single friendly in the window: last weekend against Uruguay.

While Los Ticos lost the match 2-1, Leal had a solid performance as a left winger. Midfielder Celso Borges (who plays with Göztepe in Turkey’s top tier) was tabbed over Leal for the free kick that resulted in Costa Rica’s lone goal, but Leal was responsible for his team’s second-best chance of the evening:

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His sense of timing and space allowed him the opening to get in on goal. However, he tried to get his hips around and finish it first-time with his stronger right foot (not easy on the dead run!) and couldn’t get the power or placement necessary to beat the keeper.

Having a better left foot here might have been helpful, and he was actually given fewer options thanks to Uruguay’s (apparently smart? I think accidental though?) choice to not pull one of the other recovering defenders over to prevent him taking the open shot on goal. He could have had a passing option on the pull-back if one of them had slid over to impede Leal’s clean look.

Hany Mukhtar – with Brøndby IF until January transfer window

The Danish Superligaen is on break during the international window, but Brøndby gave Mukhtar minutes with its reserve team, as he works his way back to full fitness after a preseason foot injury.

Brøndby reserves lost to Nordsjaelland 3-2, but Mukhtar opened the scoring for his team, knocking home a cross:

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A little fortunate, as he slipped and scuffed the finish, but still managed to find twine. He was subbed off in the second half. Reports of the camera angle being “on a spaceship or something” are unconfirmed.

Brøndby reserves also lost to FC København 2-0 Tuesday morning, with Mukhtar playing 67 minutes, mostly as a box-to-box midifelder (showing off his versatility – Nashville SC fans are more familiar with his playmaking ability as a No. 10 central attacking playmaker). He had two shots in the contest, one of which forced a solid save from the København keeper.

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Nice strikes with both the right and the left. Reports of this game being played in some random municipal park are confirmed. You can rewatch both of Brøndby’s reserve games here.

As always, don’t forget to follow the site on the social media platform of your choice. Stay tuned for full updates as Nashville SC continues to build its inaugural MLS roster.

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