Walker Zimmerman photo from file/Courtesy US Soccer
Concacaf World Cup qualifying chugs along, and with it the three Nashville SC players who regularly represent their national teams headed to camp. But not all played as big a role as hoped…
Midfielder Aníbal Godoy
Godoy played all 270 minutes as Panama’s captain during the window. The team fell by 1-0 margins in Costa Rica and Mexico, sandwiched around a 3-2 home win against Jamaica. Against Mexico (the only game with full stats available), he completed 93.3% of his passes, won 83.3% of his duels, and was fouled twice.
Panama sits ini pole position for the Intercontinental Playoff (fourth place), but could climb into third by taking care of business against Honduras, beating either the US or Canada, and getting a little bit of help on the out-of-town scoreboard.
Winger Randall Leal
Leal suffered from a stomach bug after the first week of camp in Costa Rica, and missed the Ticos‘ first two games with the illness, before sitting the third because of the fitness he’d lost during his illness.
Costa Rica needs to outperform Panama or make up four points on one of the US/Mexico in order to automatically qualify for the World Cup, or move past just one of those three to qualify for the Intercontinental Playoff.
Defender Walker Zimmerman
Zimmerman started and went the distance in the Americans’ 1-0 win over El Salvador in Columbus. He completed 88.9% of his passes, including a key pass, and committed three fouls while suffering one.
He did not see the field in the 2-0 loss in Canada.
He returned to the starting lineup and donned the captain’s armband in the 3-0 win over Honduras to close the window. He scored his team’s second goal and assisted on Christian Pulisic’s game-closing tally, both in set-piece situations. He also completed 88.4% of his passes, won 6/10 duels, and committed two fouls while suffering one.
The Americans lock up automatic qualification to the World Cup with four points in the final window as long as at least one comes against Panama – or could qualify with fewer than that and some help on the out-of-town scoreboard.