Leroy Enzugusi photo via ESPN+
Welcome to Boys in Not Gold, taking a look at Nashville SC’s players who are currently away on assignment. We take it at the top with a first goal at the international level.
Defender Alistair Johnston
With Canada’s national team for 2022 World Cup Qualifying matches.
Johnston made his nice international debut for the Canada senior Men’s National Team with a 69th-minute substitution into the contest against Bermuda. His team led 4-1 at the time, and would tack on a fifth in the 81st minutes to cruise to victory.
Speaking of cruises, Johnston earned his first international start yesterday afternoon against the Cayman Islands. The Canucks won 11-0 against a territory more known for its tax-shelter ability than that on the soccer field. Johnston scored his first international goal to stretch the lead to 6-0 in the first half:
He went on to add an assist to his tally, feeding Lucas Cavallini for goal No. 8 for the Canucks.
Johnston returns to Nashville SC camp today – and shouldn’t have to quarantine, since Canada was also conveniently located at IMG Academy
Up next: Canada’s atop Group A with a 2-0-0 record and +15 goal differential. They next rep the Maple Leaf the first week of June, taking on Aruba and Suriname.
Midfielder Aníbal Godoy
With Panama’s national team for 2022 World Cup Qualifying matches.
Godoy started and went the distance in Panama’s 1-0 win over Barbados in Group D of Concacaf World Cup Qualifying. He started and was subbed out in the 64th minute in the 2-1 win over Dominica. His team was leading 1-0 when he departed the lineup. HOWEVER, it’s a little troubling for Panama to squeak out wins against a couple true minnows in Concacaf. The Canaleros sit second in Group D, on goal differential compared to the Dominican Republic (which to be fair got weaker opposition in the form of Anguilla and was playing on home turf for its game against Dominica).
Godoy will return to the United States this week, but due to quarantine restrictions after leaving the country, won’t be able to re-join Nashville’s camp until the team gets back from the Florida Phase of its training camp.
Up next: Panama v. Dominican Republic and Anguilla in the early-June international window.
Winger Randall Leal
With Costa Rica’s U-23s for Concacaf Olympic Qualifying tournament
While Leal’s Ticos were already eliminated from Olympic qualifying by the time they took on the Dominican Republic on Matchdate 3 of group play, that didn’t stop him from putting on a show. He scored a pair of goals, including a rocket:
The second was helped in by a big ‘ol deflection, but hey, still counts. They were the third and fourth tallies of a 5-0 victory for Costa Rica, and Leal was subbed of in the 73rd minute.
Leal is back in the US, but like Godoy (thanks to quarantine policies) was not scheduled to re-join the team until after they get back from Florida.
Up next: Leal will likely earn a Costa Rica senior call-up for the Gold Cup.
Defender Miguel Nazarit
On season-long loan to Independiente Santa Fe in Colombia
Nazarit was not in the lineup (nor on the bench) for either of Independiente Santa Fe’s contests over the past week. Also not listed on the club’s injury report, he’s being held out via decision of the technical staff.
Up next: Santa Fe v. Deportivo Pereira • Friday, 7:40 p.m. CDT
Defender Irakoze Donasiyano
With University of Virginia for the spring NCAA season.
Virginia beat Central Arkansas 1-0 in a non-conference game. Donasiyano went the distance in the contest, though he did not accrue any statistics in the process. The Hoos followed that with a 3-1 loss to Duke over the weekend. Once again, Donasiyano played the full 90, but he only made the scoresheet by committing a pair of fouls.
In both games, he played left back, in the same somewhat-hybrid fashion we’ve seen for him since settling into that spot a couple contests into Spring. While he mostly hugs the touchline and remains conservative in his positioning, he also shifts inside for a CB (or midfield) role, and has occasional freedom to get forward up the wing.
Up next: UVa @ Louisville • 6 p.m. CDT Friday
Forward Leroy Enzugusi
With Drake University for the spring NCAA season.
Drake fell to Bradley 3-2 in Missouri Valley conference play Tuesday. Enzugusi started and got a 15-minute rest midway through the second half (college soccer rules allow one out-and-in substitution in the second half). While he didn’t score – or even get a shot off – in the game, he provided the assist on Drake’s second goal.
The Bulldogs bounced back Friday with a 2-1 win over Evansville. Enzugusi can on as a first-half sub, and scored what turned out to be the game-winner (Evansville would cut the lead to one on a penalty kick later) with some true Route 1 soccer:
He added two other shots (one on-goal), and committed one foul on the day.
Up next: Drake v. Bradley • 2 p.m. CDT Sunday (ESPN+)
Defender Tom Judge
With James Madison University through spring NCAA season.
James Madison beat College of Charleston 2-1. Judge committed the foul that led to CofC’s only goal – but it was a 30-yard free kick, so tough to blame him too much for that. He was subbed out for the final few minutes as James Madison held the lead.
Up next: James Madison @ William & Mary • 1 p.m. CDT Friday
Defender Sondre Norheim
With Syracuse University through the spring NCAA season.
Norheim started and went the distance in Syracuse’s 2-1 overtime loss to NC State. He did not accrue any statistics in the process.
Up next: Syracuse v. St. Francis (Pa.) • 2 p.m. CDT Tuesday (today!). ESPN+
Syracuse v. Boston College • 1 p.m. CDT Sunday
Goalkeeper Tor Saunders
With Coastal Carolina for the spring NCAA season.
Coastal Carolina beat Villanova 1-0 . Saunders was only called into action once, making the save.
Up next: Coastal Carolina v. UNC Wilmington • 5 p.m. CDT April 3
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