Judge Bledd. Screengrab from broadcast
In the Major League Soccer system, players who aren’t seeing the pitch are considered especially capable of going on loan. In Nashville, the dedicated players who go on loan are members of an elite squad known as the Boys in Not Gold. These are their stories.
Winger David Accam
On loan to Hammarby IF in Sweden
Accam entered Hammarby’s scoreless draw against Göteburg in the 82nd minute, but was unable to help his team find a winner. The 0-0 result kept Hammarby steady at No. 5 in the Allsvenskan.
Midweek, Accam played in the team’s 5-1 win over Serbia’s FK Čuckarički in the UEFA Conference League (the third-tier continental competition). He came on as a 68th-minute sub, taking one shot. The victory gave Hammarby a 6-4 win on aggregate, and the club advances to play Basel (Switzerland) in the first playoff round next week.
Up next: Hammarby v. IF Elfsborg in the Allsvenskan • 10:30 a.m. CDT Sunday
Defender Tom Judge
On loan to Pittsburgh Riverhounds in USL Championship
Judge made his USL debut in Pittsburgh’s 3-2 win over Charleston Battery back on Aug. 6. Alas, he suffered a head injury and was subbed off in the 17th minute. He had a fairly productive shift nonetheless, making one interception and winning his only duel defensively, while completing 5/6 passes and whipping in an unsuccessful cross in attack.
He was not in the squad for Pittsburgh’s 3-2 loss to THE Miami FC in the midweek matchdate.
Up next: Pittsburgh Riverhounds @ Charlotte Independence • TONIGHT, 6:00 p.m. CDT (ESPN+)
Defender Miguel Nazarit
On loan to Independiente Santa Fe in Colombia
Nazarit has yet to see the pitch or make the bench in the Liga BetPlay Clausura. He was once again not in the squad for Independiente’s 1-0 league win over Millonarios.
Up next: Independiente Santa Fe v. Le Equidad in Liga BetPlay • 7:30 p.m. CDT Monday
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 in Austin Bold’s 2-1 win over Colorado Springs Switchbacks. Panicco made three saves (and was sort of left out to dry by his backline on the goal). He completed just 9/26 passes but that’s largely because all but two of those attempts were longballs. He won two aerial duels and was fouled once.
Hinds was actually injured on the play that led to the Switchbacks’ goal (part of the reason Austin made life so tough on Panicco there), and was subbed out in the 82nd minute. He completed 22/24 passes, won 1/4 duels, and attempted one unsuccessful cross in his time on the pitch.
Austin’s second match of the week was a 3-0 loss to El Paso Locomotive, with both NSC loan players starting and going the distance. Panicco made six saves (in a rough night for his backline – nine shots on-target total), and made one clearance. He completed 13/28 passes, with 24 of the attempts long.
Hinds completed 24/30 passes and whipped in four crosses, though he didn’t connect on any of those. He also won 7/11 duels (including his only aerial), and made three tackles, three clearances, and three interceptions. He committed two fouls and was fouled once.
Up next: Austin Bold v. THE Miami FC • Tonight, 9:00 p.m. CDT (ESPN+)