Jhonder Cádiz photo courtesy FVF
Although the season has resumed in full swing, Nashville SC still has a few players plying their trade away from home. These are their stories. [law and order svu sound]
Forward Jhonder Cádiz
On international duty with Venezuela
Venezuela needed a win – or a draw and some help – to advance out of Copa América’s northern group. They got not-that with a 1-0 loss to Peru that saw La Vinotinto‘s dream of continental glory come to an end. On the bright side, Cádiz was active and on the bench for the first time since Venezuela’s shift of gears from World Cup Qualifiers to Copa. On the dim side, he did not see the pitch despite his team’s spending 45-plus minutes direly needing a goal.
Cádiz has returned to Nashville, though it’s unknown whether he’ll be available for Saturday’s match, or need to quarantine upon return to the country.
Midfielder Aníbal Godoy
On international duty with Panama
Godoy doesn’t have to go far – indeed, the precise distance he goes for Nashville SC games – with Panama taking on Mexico in a friendly Wednesday evening from Nissan Stadium. El Tri is bringing an Olympic squad while Panama is tuning up for the Gold Cup which begins two weeks from tonight for Los Canaleros. Godoy is expected to start this game… and also spend some time away from Music City during the Concacaf tournament.
Up next: Panama v. Mexico • Wednesday, 8 p.m. CDT (Unimas/TUDN)
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 fell to a 10-man Colorado Springs Switchbacks side 3-2 on a 90th-minute winner. Panicco was not in the squad, while Hinds played until a 73rd-minute substitution. In that time, Hinds completed 22/24 passes, won 3/7 duels (1/1 aerial), crossed once unsuccessfully, cleared twice and intercepted three passes, and was fouled twice while fouling once. Austin’s keeper… did not cover himself in glory (though he was not necessarily the primary cause of any of the three Switchbacks goals, either).
Bold played a second game in the week, heading on the road for a 0-0 draw (not the worst result for Nashville SC fans recognizing that both Boys in Not Gold are defensive players) at Oakland Roots with both Panicco and Hinds playing the entire contest.
Panicco was only asked to make one save, but completed 12/17 passes (despite Bold playing long). Hinds completed 32/41 himself, while winning 4/6 duels. He took two shots, one of them on-target, unsuccessfully crossed three times, and was caught offside once. He was also fouled twice.
Up next: Austin @ San Antonio FC • Saturday, 8:30 p.m. CDT (ESPN+)
Defender Jack Maher
Maher was recalled from his loan to San Diego Loyal in the wake of Walker Zimmerman’s midweek absence to tend to the birth of his child. At this stage, he is set to remain with Nashville, though a return to the 619 is always possible.
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