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On loan with Louisville City FC in the USL Championship.
The lone loan (#wordplay) of note for a Nashville SC player this week was Cameron Lancaster’s return to Louisville. Luke Haakenson’s Charlotte Independence still a couple weeks away from returning to the field and Jack Maher recalled to NSC (at least for now. Given the Independence will be hitting the pitch before Nashville, I wonder if he’ll be sent back out, as long as he’s not one of the players with a positive coronavirus test).
Lancaster was in the starting lineups and played all 108(!) minutes for Louisville City FC in the team’s 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh Riverhounds. He took three shots (two on target), completed 7/9 passes, won 2/6 duels (1/4 aerial duels) and committed one foul.
He also debuted an interesting new look.
On the other side of the field, former Nashville SC forward Ropapa Mensah had a major impact, subbed out in the 67th minute after providing two assists, including on the game-winner to Robbie Mertz.
Each had a teammate in the lineup who overlapped with their respective times as Boys in Gold, as well: centerback Jimmy Ockford went 55 minutes for Louisville, while wingback Ryan James (who played alongside Mensah in 2018, and provided the game-tying assist against Nashville last year in Pittsburgh) went the distance.
Devon Sawa screengrab from Eminem’s “Stan” music video via Youtube.