Nashville SC USMNT

Boys in Not Gold: Aug. 31, 2021

Walker Zimmerman photo by Tim Sullivan/Club and Country

We’re at an international window, which means plenty of Nashville SC players headed out to wear the crests of their countries. Those, plus the typical loan contingent in this edition of Not Gold.

Midfielder Aníbal Godoy

On international duty with Panama

Godoy will suit up for his country at Los Canaleros begin World Cup Qualifying with the September window.

Panama opens against Randall Leal’s Costa Rica in Panama City, travels to Jamaica for the middle contest, and hosts Mexico to close out the window. That’s a pretty steep opening round of games, but if Panama can manage four points here, the hope of making it to Qatar probably lives on.

Up next: Panama v. Costa Rica on World Cup Qualifying matchdate one • 8:05 p.m. CDT Thursday (Paramount+)
Panama @ Jamaica on World Cup Qualifying matchdate two • 5:00 p.m. CDT Sunday (Paramount+)

Defender Alistair Johnston

On international duty with Canada

After becoming not only a featured player but a written-in-ink starter for the Canucks this Summer, Johnston will want to hold onto that spot (as either a RWB, where he started the season, or RCB, where he finished it) with Canada’s best-available squad.

Canada hosts Honduras to open the window, travels to a little place you may have heard of called Nashville to take on the United States thereafter, and closes back in Toronto against El Salvador.

Up next: Canada v. Honduras on World Cup Qualifying matchdate one • 7:05 p.m. CDT Thursday (Paramount+)
Canada @ United States on World Cup Qualifying matchdate two • 7:00 p.m. CDT Sunday (FS1)

Winger Randall Leal

On international duty with Costa Rica

After passing on the Gold Cup following the birth of his son, Leal is back with the Ticos. He should be a key player for the squad, though there may be an adjustment in his first window under Luis Fernando Suárez with the rest of the team having a bit of experience already.

Costa Rica travels to Panama for the aforementioned matchup of NSC’s two Central Americans, then hosts Mexico and Jamaica in the other two games.

Up next: Costa Rica @ Panama on World Cup Qualifying matchdate one • 8:05 p.m. CDT Thursday (Paramount+)
Costa Rica v. Mexico on World Cup Qualifying matchdate two • 6:00 p.m. CDT Sunday (Paramount+)

Defender Walker Zimmerman

On international duty with the United States

Zimmerman is the only guy whose primary update includes “World Cup Qualifying” that also needs a recap of the past week. While NSC fans are surely aware of his exploits in a Saturday win against Atlanta United, he also started the MLS All-Star game Wednesday evening.

The MLS team drew Liga MX 1-1, and won a penalty shootout 3-2. Zimmerman played the first half, and completed 66.7% of his passes. He also engaged in five duels, but did not win any.

He joined the Americans when WCQ camp began yesterday, and the Red, White, and Blue take on El Salvador away, Canada at home (extremely at home for Zimmerman, right inside Nissan Stadium), and Honduras away in the opening window.

Up next: United States @ El Salvador on World Cup Qualifying matchdate one • 9:05 p.m. CDT Thursday (CBSSN)
United States v. Canada on World Cup Qualifying matchdate two • 7:00 p.m. CDT Sunday (FS1/TUDN)

Winger David Accam

On loan to Hammarby IF in Sweden

Hammarby returned the favor to FC Basel of Switzerland with a 3-1 win in the second leg of their UEFA Conference League matchup, but fell 4-3 in the penalty shootout to be eliminated from the competition. Accam entered the game in the 112th minute (second extra period), and made his kick in the penalty shootout.

Hammarby returned to league play over the weekend, beating Malmö 2-1. Accam was not in the squad.

Up next: Hammarby has a chance to rest during this weekend’s international break. Accam, a onetime Ghana international (11 caps) was not called to World Cup Qualifying.

Midfielder Irakoze Donasiyano

On loan to OKC Energy FC in USL Championship

Donasiyano was not in the squad at Oklahoma City knocked off RGV Toros 2-1 on Sunday.

Up next: OKC Energy FC @ Memphis 901 FC • 7:00 p.m. CDT Sunday (ESPN+)
OKC Energy FC @ Sporting Kansas City II • 4:00 p.m. CDT Saturday (ESPN+)

Defender Tom Judge

On loan to Pittsburgh Riverhounds in USL Championship

Pittsburgh Riverhounds knocked off Hartford Athletic 3-2 Sunday. Judge entered the game as an 85th-minute substitute. He completed just 1/4 passes (¡Hola, sample size issues!), and lost his only aerial duel among an 0/3 performance on duels. He crossed twice unsuccessfully. But the main takeaway is that his team found a game-winner with him on the pitch.

Up next: Pittsburgh Riverhounds v. New York Red Bulls II • 5:00 p.m. CDT Wednesday (ESPN+)
Pittsburgh Riverhounds @ San Antonio FC • 7:30 p.m. CDT Saturday (ESPN+)

Defender Miguel Nazarit

On loan to Independiente Santa Fe in Colombia

Nazarit was not in the squad for either of Independiente’s games in the past week. The team won a first-leg Copa Colombiana matchup against Atlético Bucaramanga 1-0, and drew América de Calí 1-1 in league action. The draw kept the team in 18th of 20 in Liga BetPlay.

Up next: Independiente Santa Fe v. Atlético Bucaramanga in Copa Colombiana • 6:00 p.m. CDT Thursday
Independiente v. Independiente Medellín in Liga BetPlay • 3:00 p.m. Sunday

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.

Hinds was not in the squad, but Panicco started and went 90 in Austin’s 4-1 loss to Colorado Springs Switchbacks. The scoreline may look ugly for a keeper, but the Switchbacks’ first goal was a penalty, and his team had a howler of a performance around him. Panicco made five saves, and completed 20/40 passes with his team primarily playing long.

Up next: Austin Bold has the weekend off, and will next take the field Sept. 7

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