Nashville SC USMNT

Boys in Not Gold: Oct. 15, 2021

Why it’s so dusty in the club rn

We are a couple weeks behind here thanks to a little International Window Malaise®. Let’s get back into it.

Midfielder Aníbal Godoy

Participated in the October World Cup Qualifying window with Panama

Godoy started, captained his team, and went the distance in a 1-0 loss to El Salvador. He completed 20/22 passes and committed one foul, for which he received a yellow card.

Godoy was once again the captain as Panama hosted the United States. He completed 28/29 passes and scored the game’s only goal, a glancing header from a corner kick. After his 71st-minute tally, he was subbed out just two minutes later with leg cramps.

Godoy’s injury concerns were short-lived as he started against Canada and was substituted out in second-half stoppage time in a 4-1 loss. He completed 44/49 passes, took one shot on target, and made one steal.

Up next: Godoy is likely to get called up for Panama in the November WCQ window.

Defender Alistair Johnston

Participated in the October World Cup Qualifying window with Canada

Against Mexico, Johnston started and played 76 minutes as a stay-at-home right back that often looked like the rightmost member of a back-three. He completed 27/32 passes and intercepted one pass.

He started and went the distance in a scoreless draw with Jamaica, once again as the rightmost member of a back four with responsibilities that ended up being similar to the RCB position he played this Summer for the Canucks. He completed all 19 of his passes, took one shot, and committed one foul.

Johnston started and went the distance as the right CB in a back-three in Canada’s 4-1 win over Panama. He completed 47/50 passes and took one shot on target.

Up next: Johnston is all-but-certain to get called up for Canada in the November WCQ window.

Midfielder Randall Leal

Participated in the October World Cup Qualifying window with Costa Rica

Leal did not see the field in a scoreless draw against Honduras.

He entered as a 75th-minute substitute against El Salvador, helping see out a 2-1 victory. He committed two fouls, but completed all eight of his passes and made one steal.

He entered the 2-1 loss to the United States in the 67th minute. He completed 9/10 passes and made one steal.

Up next: Leal is on the fringes of Costa Rica’s plans right now, and assuming the current coach lasts until November (no guarantee!) it’s possible that he’d even decline a potential call-up.

Defender Walker Zimmerman

Participated in the October World Cup Qualifying window with the United States

Zimmerman started and went 90 minutes in the Americans’ 2-0 win against Jamaica. He completed 48/50 passes, had one shot on-target, and committed one foul. He took over the US armband when Tyler Adams was subbed out in the 83rd minute.

Zimmerman once again started and went 90 minutes in a 1-0 loss to Panama, and he was the captain of the USMNT from the opening whistle this time. He completed 51/53 passes, took one shot on target, and committed one foul.

He entered the 2-1 victory over Costa Rica in the 86th minute. He completed all six of his passing attempts in that short appearance.

Up next: Zimmerman was an injury replacement for John Brooks, so there’s no guarantee he’d earn the call from the USMNT, though he’s obviously in the mix for the November window.

Winger David Accam

On loan to Hammarby IF in Sweden

Accam was out of the squad for all three games since the last update (and you’ll note he’d missed two straight leading into that post, too). There’s been precious little written about his absence, but it appears he’s simply not in the plans of the new coach, Miloš Milojević.

Up next: Hammarby v. AIK in the Allsvenskan • 8 a.m. CDT Sunday
Hammarby v. Hudiksvall in the Swedish Cup • 10 a.m. CDT Wednesday

Midfielder Irakoze Donasiyano

On loan to OKC Energy FC in USL Championship

Donasiyano remains out of the OKC squad with a lower-body injury. The team beat Indy Eleven 2-0, drew the same squad 1-1 (just three days later), and fell 1-0 to San Antonio FC in the past three games.

Up next: OKC Energy FC v. Birmingham Legion • 6 p.m. CDT Sunday (ESPN+)

Defender Tom Judge

On loan to Pittsburgh Riverhounds in USL Championship

Judge entered Pittsburgh’s 3-3 draw against Charleston Battery as an 89th-minute sub with his team trying to see out the result (successfully!). He completed 2/3 passes, won his only duel, and even took a shot on target in his very brief appearance.

Judge was an unused sub in the Hounds’ 3-2 loss to THE Miami FC.

Up next: Pittsburgh Riverhounds v. THE Miami FC (it’s weirdly rematch szn in USL) • 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 Independiente Santa Fe’s 1-0 victory over Deportivo Pasto in Categoria Primera A play over the weekend.

Up next: Independiente Santa Fe v. Deportivo Pasto in Categoria Primera A • 6:05 p.m. CDT 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 went 90 in Austin’s 2-2 draw against El Paso Locomotive. He made five saves while allowing the two goals, and completed 11/25 passes, all but one of them longballs. He also won an aerial duel. He didn’t exactly cover himself in glory on either goal, with poor positioning on one, and getting chipped at close range on the other, but his defense did him no favors all game.

Panicco once again went the distance as Bold FC lost to Colorado Springs Switchbacks 3-1. He made four saves while allowing three goals. He completed 10/22 passes, with only two short attempts. He won his only duel and made a tackle and a clearance. The first goal shared a similarity to the first in the previous game: he lost track of where he was in his net, and let the shot go because he (incorrectly) thought the header was wide. His defense left him out to dry in embarrassing fashion on the latter pair.

Hinds also made his glorious return from injury as a halftime sub… but exited the game with injury in the 77th minute (Colorado Springs scored its ‘way too easy’ goals in the 41st and 83rd minutes, something I won’t chalk up to coincidence at this stage). He completed 9/14 passes, but went 0/3 on duels. He completed his only crossing attempt.

Fortunately, Hinds’s re-injury appears to not have been too serious, since he was able to go the distance in Austin’s 3-1 loss to Birmingham Legion. He completed 20/23 passes, won 6/11 duels (1/2 aerial), took two shots (one off-target, one blocked). He made three tackles and blocked one shot, and committed one foul while being fouled twice.

Panicco started the game and allowed one goal (an own-goal, actually – though it was a head-to-head on a cross and the striker probably would have beaten Panicco to the ball as well)) before being subbed off at the half with an injury. He made two saves, completed 3/14 passes (all long), and lost one aerial duel. His backup gave up two goals, but they were more of the “this is what Austin’s defense does” variety.

Up next: Austin Bold @ SLC Monarchs • 3 p.m. CDT Wednesday (ESPN+)

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