Nashville SC

The Wrap: Nashville SC settles for a draw in Miami

Welcome to The Wrap, running through all the postgame content after Nashville SC’s 0-0 draw against a struggling-but-talented Inter Miami CF.

Local content

Game story:

Despite the lack of a scoring strike, it was an exciting, up-and-down game with a number of strong chances for each side. The home team had a slight possession advantage, but Nashville SC outshot IMCF 16-13. The Herons had the advantage in shots on goal, forcing keeper Joe Willis into five saves while NSC only bothered Luis Robles on four occasions.

One moment in particular will haunt Nashville as they head home from South Florida this evening, and that’s because it didn’t make Robles work. Left back Dan Lovitz earned a one-on-one chance against the veteran, and although he beat the keeper, his shot with 10 minutes remaining in regular time was pulled just wide of the post.

The game column with postgame quotes from Gary Smith, Alex Muyl, and Joe Willis:

 In this one, it may be: what if an 80th-minute attempt from Daniel Lovitz had been just inches to the left, tucking inside the post rather than glancing off the outside of it?

“It’s the easiest one to pick out because of the clear-cut nature of it,” Smith said. “But I did think that there were two or three others.

“It’s the easiest one to pick out because of the clear-cut nature of it. But I did think that there were two or three others. Drake’s mentioned the corner or set-piece, Hany did well a couple times. There’ve been some really nice moments that we haven’t converted again. It’s been the achilles heel for this team.

The Graphical looked at a few bright signs from the game… but also the disappointment in ability to find the back of the net (or the front of it):

 You’d… like to see them be a little more goal-dangerous, though:

10 of those 16 shots came from outside the box, only one of which was on-target. Three Nashville shots were blocked before they could trouble keeper Luis Robles, and two of those blocks occurred well outside his penalty area.

And finally, the voting post for Community Ratings, and your results:

Don’t forget you can type in the box below the numerical value each week!

  • Man of the match GK Joe Willis: 8.43 Community comment:
    • “Easy MOTM”
  • D Walker Zimmerman: 7.29
  • D Dave Romney: 6.72
  • D Alistair Johnston: 6.70
  • D Dan Lovitz: 5.60 Note: some incredibly hilarious comedian gave him a 1 rating, so this number is artificially deflated.
  • M Aníbal Godoy: 7.29 Community comment:
    • “Once again Nashville’s best player. Should give tips to other players on how to shoot.”
  • M Dax McCarty: 7.00
  • M/F Hany Mukhtar: 6.31 Community comment:
    • “A lot of shots, but none that the keeper was even a little worried about.”
    • “Not trying to take quite as much on his own shoulders, but still needs to understand that there are teammates out there to pass to in the attacking area”
  • M/F Alex Muyl: 6.13
  • M/F Randall Leal: 5.44
    • “Is he just bad?”
  • F Dominique Badji: 5.00
  • M/F Abu Danladi (62′ sub): 4.57 Community comment:
    • “Horrid”
  • M Taylor Washington (62′ sub) 5.45 Community comment:
    • “Needs to find his attacking senses if he is going to play outside midfield.”
    • “Am starting to think he doesn’t have it for this level, other than the speed”
  • F Daniel Ríos (73′ sub): 6.00
  • M Derrick Jones (90+1 sub): 5.40
  • Coach Gary Smith: 6.27 Community comments:
    • How many chances can the system generate before it’s not his fault they don’t go in?
    • Seems like Smith is putting the work on the training ground to improve scoring through creative set pieces. Time for the BIG to finish.
  • Overall team rating: 6.27

Elsewhere

MLS site recap. Drake Hills game story. NSC official site recap. TSN game story. Broadway recap and player ratings.

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