Nashville SC USMNT

Boys in Not Gold: Ocho conclusion is here

Welcome to Boys in Not Gold, with the latest on Nashville SC’s players out on loan, with their national teams or elsewhere wearing Not Gold. Elliot Panicco photo courtesy Nashville SC.

Midfielder Aníbal Godoy

On international duty with Panama

Godoy is likely to play as many minutes as he’s healthy for during the final WCQ window, with Panama hoping to finish top-4 and remain alive for the World Cup in Qatar (or qualify outright with a top-3 finish).

Los Canaleros take on Honduras, travel to the United States, and return home to finish the Ocho against Canada. Starting the window with a win and taking a result in either of the final two games is likely enough for at least a fourth-place finish.

Defender Walker Zimmerman

On international duty with the United States

Zimmerman should be one of the first names on the team sheet for all three games this window (pending results in the first two, at least) as the Americans need two results to lock in a fourth-place finish, while at least one win and one draw should seal third place.

Trips to Mexico and Costa Rica bookend hosting Panama in Orlando on Sunday.

Goalkeeper Elliot Panicco

On loan with Indy Eleven in USL Championship

Panicco started and went the distance in a 2-0 loss to Tampa Bay Rowdies. While he allowed the two goals, Panicco did make four saves, so it was far from a poor goalkeeping performance. He also completed 7/18 passes while Indy largely played long rather than passing out of the back.

I’d give him a pass statistically because he made a couple nice saves, and his defense appears to be terrible:

Indy next travels to Louisville, which can be seen on ESPN+ at 7:30 p.m. CDT Saturday.

Winger Rodrigo Piñeiro

On loan with Unión Española in Chile which Nashville SC has not announced for reasons that are unclear

Piñeiro started the second leg of Union Española’s Copa Sudamericana series against Deportivo Antofagasta, and scored the game’s only goal in the 49th minute to tie the series 2-2 on aggregate:

He also picked up an 85th-minute yellow card. Despite the series draw, his team was defeated 4-1 on penalty kicks (Piñeiro was not one of the takers).

He was not in the squad for yesterday’s league match against Ñublense, which his team won 1-0 (he was serving his red-card suspension after a second yellow in the previous league match).

Chile plays through the international break, so Union Española will take on Universidad de Chile Sunday at 10 a.m. CDT.

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