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. Aníbal Godoy and Walker Zimmerman photo upon return courtesy Nashville SC.
Midfielder Aníbal Godoy
Godoy went the distance in all three Panama qualifiers as his team’s captain.
He led the Canaleros to a 1-1 draw against Honduras, completing 42 of 51 passes, making two interceptions, and taking one shot (off target). He also committed three fouls.
He had a much more, uh, mixed evening against the United States. He conceded two penalty kicks (both of which were converted by the Americans’ Christian Pulisic), including one against Walker Zimmerman on which he chokeslammed his club teammate on a set piece, and the second of which saw him earn a yellow card. He did score his team’s late goal in a 5-1 loss on a headed corner kick, his only shot of the game, and completed 61/67 passes.
Already eliminated from World Cup qualification, Panama salvaged a measure of respectability with a 1-0 victory over champion Canada in the final game of the Ocho. Godoy completed 25/30 passes and committed two fouls in the dead-rubber match.
Defender Walker Zimmerman
Zimmerman started and went the distance in all three USMNT qualifiers, completing 17/36 passes and making two interceptions while leading a 0-0 draw against Mexico.
Against Panama, he completed 25/30 passes and committed two fouls. He also drew the aforementioned penalty that got the Americans moving in what turned out to be a 5-1 rout.
Zimmerman captained the Yanks against Costa Rica, though the team close qualifying with a 2-0 loss. He completed 76/89 passes(!) and took two shots, one of which was on frame. He was partially responsible for the first goal the US conceded, failing to win a header on a corner kick (though keeper Zack Steffen was, uh, not great in the game).
Goalkeeper Elliot Panicco
On loan with Indy Eleven in USL Championship
Panicco started and went the distance in Indy’s 1-1 draw at Louisville City FC. He made five saves and punched away three crosses, but Opta credits him with an “error leading to goal” for a failed clearing punch on a corner kick that results in the LCFC goal. He completed 15/32 passes with the Eleven mostly asking him to play long, and he went 1/2 on duels (with the loss being the goal).
He once again played all 90 as Indy drew Los Angeles Galaxy II back in Indianapolis, but he was again charged with an error leading to goal in the 1-1 draw. This time, it’s a totally unfair knock against him, since he had to dive to knock away a ground cross that one of his defenders did a pitiful job tracking, and the ball spilled to a far-post attacker with the RB ball-watching more than any person has ever ball-watched.
Middle-school defending from two members of the backline, and Panicco gets the blame from Opta. Cold world. He made four clearances (one punched) and completed 9/19 passes with Indy playing long.
Indy next travels to RGV Toros down in South Texas, with a Saturday 8:30 CDT kickoff. That game can be streamed on ESPN+.
Winger Rodrigo Piñeiro
On loan with Unión Española in Chile which Nashville SC has not announced for reasons that are unclear
Piñeiro was not in the squad for Unión Española’s 1-0 win over Ñublense in Chilean Primera División play after receiving a red card in the previous league match.
He returned to the starting lineup in a 1-0 win over Audax Italiano. Playing on the right wing, he picked up a yellow card in the 44th minute.
Unión Española next plays in the Primera División Sunday at 4:30, welcoming Colo-Colo to the Estadio Santa Laura.