Jack Maher photo from file
Most of Nashville SC’s players who have been gone over the past few weeks are back – aside from one who remains on international duty and those who aren’t expected to return during the regular season – so let’s take yet another look at their exploits with their countries or out on loan.
Forward Jhonder Cádiz
On international duty with Venezuela through Copa América
Venezuela drew Colombia 0-0 and Ecuador 2-2 in Copa América’s Group B. Cádiz remains on ice for the Vinotinto after a reported positive test for the novel coronavirus (though he’s also reportedly tested negative, just not enough times to overcome a potential false-positive test).
With the draws, Venezuela has gained control of its own destiny: a win over Peru in matchdate five means La Vinotinto advances in fourth place – or possibly even third, pending the outcome of tomorrow’s Ecuador-Peru contest on matchdate four. Even a draw or loss against Los Peruanos has potential to see Venezuela through, but that would take some help.
It remains to be seen if Cádiz will be active for the final group-stage game.
Up next: Venezuela v. Peru in Copa America Group B • Brasilia, Brazil • 4:00 p.m. CDT Sunday (FS1)
Goalkeeper Defender Nick Hinds and goalkeeper Elliot Panicco
On season-long loans to Austin Bold FC in USL Championship. Nashville has right of recall if necessary.
Austin’s game at Birmingham Legion was abandoned prior to halftime (Panicco will be grateful for that), but the squad’s Tuesday evening match over RGV Toros resulted in a 2-1 win for Bold FC. Both Nashville SC loanees went the distance in the victory.
Panicco gave up a goal and made two saves. The goal he gave up came after a goalmouth scramble at the conclusion of a free-kick sequence:
Aside that, he completed 18/23 passes, and Bold FC played short – 12 of his attempts were short balls – after a couple weeks of exclusively booting it long.
Hinds completed 33/41 passes, only five of them longballs. He also won 11/13 duels(!!!), including both of his opportunities to win aerially. He fired three crosses, one of them completed, made three tackles and three interceptions, and both committed and suffered one foul.
Up next: Austin Bold v. Colorado Springs Switchbacks • Tonight, 8 p.m. CDT (ESPN+)
Defender Jack Maher
Maher was loaned to San Diego Loyal for the season, though NSC has right to recall if necessary.
San Diego Loyal beat Phoenix Rising 2-1. Maher started and went the distance as the right centerback in a 4-4-2. He completed 60/78 passes, 63 of the attempts short balls. He won 3/6 duels (2/4 aerial), and made seven tackles, a clearance, and an interception. He also got into the attack, contributing an assist on Loyal’s game-opening goal!
This was perhaps not the most work a player has ever done to earn an assist, but you bet your bum he’ll take it. Worth noting that fellow CB Josh Yaro is playing as a middle CB with midfielder Charlie Adams dropping to be the other member of a back three.
Up next: San Diego Loyal @ Las Vegas Lights • Wednesday, 9:30 p.m. CDT (ESPN+)
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