Tom Judge photo courtesy James Madison University athletics
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]
Winger David Accam
On loan to Hammarby IF in Sweden
Accam started on the left wing of a 3-4-3 in Hammarby’s 5-1 win over Degerfors in the Swedish Allsvenskan. He didn’t have a direct hand in any of the five goals before being subbed off the field in the 79th minute. Hammarby is up to sixth in the table with the victory.
Up next: Hammarby v. Örebro in the Allsvenskan • 8 a.m. CDT Sunday
Midfielder Aníbal Godoy
On international duty with Panama in the Gold Cup
Godoy suffered a hamstring strain in Panama’s training camp, and while the Federation initially indicated that he’d be out for about four weeks, he remains with his country (and has even remained active in training sessions, albeit in a less-strenuous assignment than if he were expected to play). He may very well return for Los Canaleros by the end of the group stage.
Up next: Panama v. Qatar in Gold Cup Group D • Tonight, 6 p.m. CDT in Houston (FS1)
Defender Alistair Johnston
On international duty with Canada for the Gold Cup
Johnston started and went the distance in Canada’s 4-1 win over Martinique in the Gold Cup’s Group B. He played at RCB in a 3-5-2/3-4-3 system that allowed him some freedom to get forward. He completed 91% of his passes and contributed one key pass. He also won 33% of his duels, made one tackle, and committed two fouls (the second of which drew a yellow card).
The Canucks actually lead Group B on goal differential, with a +3 advantage to the USMNT’s +1 at this stage.
Up next: Canada v. Haiti in Gold Cup Group B • Thursday, 6:30 p.m. CDT in Kansas City (FS1)
Defender Tom Judge
On loan to Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Judge was loaned to the USL Championship’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds last week. He did not join in time to feature in the Hounds’ 1-1 draw against Charleston Battery on Wednesday, and the team was off over the weekend (a solid time to integrate himself into a new setup, actually). He’ll have his first opportunity to don the Black and Yellow this weekend.
Up next: Pittsburgh Riverhounds v. Loudoun United in USL play • Saturday, 6 p.m. CDT (ESPN+)
Defender Miguel Nazarit
On loan to Independiente Santa Fe in Colombia
Santa Fe beat Once Caldas (Nazarit’s childhood club, from which Nashville SC purchased his contract) 4-1 and 3-1 in preseason action. Nazarit started the second contest, but it was played behind closed doors so full details are unavailable.
A second double-header against Patriotas saw a 2-2 draw and a 3-2 victory for Independiente Santa FE. Once again, Nazarit started the second game, but limited details are available beyond that.
That was the end of preseason, and the Torneo Finalización (comparable to Mexico’s Clausura – the second half of the season) will begin with a contest against Deportivo Calí, though the beginning date of the season has yet to be officially announced.
Up next: Independiente Santa Fe v. Deportivo Calí in Liga BetPlay • TBD
Defender Walker Zimmerman
With the USMNT for the Gold Cup
Zimmerman started and went the distance – earning the Gold Cup’s Man of the Match distinction – in the USMNT’s 1-0 win in the nation’s opening game in the competition. He completed 94.1% of his passes and made one tackle, but went 0/5 on duels. However, he was part of a defensive effort that held Haiti to 10 total shots, seven of them from long-range. He also took two shots of his own, one of them drawing a save from Haitian keeper Brian Sylvestre.
In only winning by one goal, the US kept itself No. 2 in the Group B table, behind Alistair Johnston’s Canada. The transitive property (CanMNT playing Haiti and USMNT against Martinique) will be an intriguing data point this Thursday for the North American sides’ head-to-head battle in the final matchdate.
Up next: USMNT v. Martinique in Gold Cup Group B • Thursday, 8:30 p.m. CDT in Kansas City (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.
Panicco and Hinds both started as Austin Bold drew RGV toros 1-1 in USL play.
Panicco went the distance and didn’t make a save, as the only shot on-target was Toros’ goal. It was sort of a soft goal – Panicco got both his hands on it – but that’s the nature of playing goalkeeper.
He completed 11/23 passes, all but four of the attempts longballs as Austin largely eschewed building from the back.
Hinds completed 25/32 passes, with four long attempts and 28 shorties. He completed 2/4 crosses, including one that was the hockey-assist on Bold’s goal. Hinds won 5/12 duels (2/3 aerial), made one clearance, and committed one foul – for which he was shown the yellow card. He was substituted from the game in the 82nd minute.
Up next: Austin v. Real Monarchs SLC • Sunday, 8:00 p.m. CDT (ESPN+)
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