Nashville SC

The wrap(s): Nashville draws New England and Minnesota

Welcome to The Wrap, with a rundown of content from recent Nashville SC games. It’s a double-dip today, moving past games against New England and Minnesota that resulted in zero (0) total goals

New England Revolution 0-0 Nashville SC: Local content

Game story:

The Boys in Gold played a more positive, progressive gameplan than perhaps anyone expected (at least for about a half), but the midfield and forward lines couldn’t connect enough passes to find the back of the net – or even a good look at it, in all reality – against the New England Revolution Saturday evening. Meanwhile, the Revs pushed numbers forward and created a number of chances, but didn’t have much more luck finding the back of the net.

Joe Willis’s five saves were the difference as Nashville escaped metro Boston with a 0-0 draw and a point in the standings. After a late Dynamo equalizer seven days ago stole a win from NSC, holding on for a draw in this one was far from a letdown.

Oct. 3, 2020

The game column with postgame quotes from Gary Smith, Matt LaGrassa, and Joe Willis:

All things considered, the ability to grind out a scoreless draw is a testament to the fortitude of the group. A less-recognized talent like LaGrassa not only being called into action, but in a different role than he’s used to… it’s a lot to ask. The fifth-year pro, in his first year at the highest level of the game in this country, stood tall to the task.

“I do my best to stay prepared for whatever’s coming my way,” LaGrassa said. “I think it is difficult sometimes when you’re out of the group for a long time to stay mentally in the place where you’re ready to get in there, but I had enough time to prepare mentally and know that I was going to be a part of it. For me, I’m happy with how it went, to be honest.”

A week removed from another draw, the feeling coming away with a single point in the standings was a totally different one. 

Oct. 5, 2020

The Graphical looked at both of these games, and particularly the way in which two scoreless outings differed significantly:

The main breakdown here comes from Bou’s give-and-go with Tommy McNamara. As soon as he lays the ball off, Zimmerman steps to McNamara, presumably thinking that Tah Brian Anunga (who has challenged Bou’s pass to McNamara and is the closest Nashville player to the striker) will follow Bou for the second half of the one-two.

McNamara ultimately manages to slip the ball back to Bou, despite being surrounded by Anunga, Dax McCarty, and (trailing from behind) Randall Leal.

Fortunately, the angle that Bou takes and the service from McNamara both force him wide enough that his placement would have to be perfect to beat Joe Willis. 

Oct. 13, 2020

Community ratings are going on a temporary hiatus. After getting triple-digit responses for the first several games of the year, we’ve dwindled to well below that. Through tonight’s Houston game, they’ll be paused. I’ll re-evaluate thereafter.


The league’s match recap. NSC official site recap and game story, plus a little bonus video with Joe Willis. Tennessean game story. The Rockdale-Newton Citizen is the lucky winner of the Field Level media lottery this time. TSN game story. Broadway game story. New England winger Tajon Buchanan be like, “hey that hurts.” Sportsblogs on the game. Man, that’s a grim take on the game from a New England perspective.

Nashville SC 0-0 Minnesota United: Local content

Game story:

With a fluid front four of Matt LaGrassa, Derrick Jones, Alex Muyl, and Randall Leal – all midfielders – Nashville managed to create as much danger on the opposing goal as they have in any game all season. The fine-tuning to put more of those opportunities on the net, and to beat the keeper with some of them… well, that’s been a season-long process and one that hasn’t found its end product just yet. 

Oct. 6, 2020

The game column with postgame quotes from Gary Smith, Abu Danladi, and Alistair Johnston:

Nashville SC consistently progressed the ball up the right side – where they didn’t have to wrestle with first-choice Loons fullback Chase Gasper as he served a suspension for yellow-card accumulation – and got into dangerous positions.

“It was something that was discussed once we realized that Chase Gasper was going to be out,” said Nashville right back Alistair Johnston. “It wasn’t something that really changed our gameplan at all: we knew that we were going to be a pretty narrow formation in terms of our lineup that we were putting out, with the threes [front and midfield lines] and stuff. We knew that the width was going to have to come from myself and Dan Lovitz – whoever was playing the fullback position.

Oct. 7, 2020

The film room this morning looked at how Alex Muyl’s effort and Randall Leal’s technical ability generated the team’s best look:

See above re: Community ratings.


Official site recap, game story, and bonus video with Abu Danladi. MLS recap and three things we learned. AP gamer. Broadway game story. E Pluribus Loonum game recap. KDUZ game story. 😬. Too much alliteration in a headline makes me uncomfortable. Randall Leal leads an MLS roundup from TicoLand.

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