From the film room: Nashville SC can’t beat a compact block

Saint Louis FC beat Nashville 1-0 Saturday afternoon, and given the scoreline, it should come as no surprise that the hosts put together a strong defensive performance. How’d they get it done? The situation Neither team created a ton of offensive opportunities Saturday evening. The game remained deadlocked at 0-0 through much of regulation. Nashville stuck to its 3-5-2 (until after Saint Louis finally broke … Continue reading From the film room: Nashville SC can’t beat a compact block

From the film room: Belmar’s execution caps beautiful build

I also had a technique-oriented film room this morning. “Check it out.” Nashville SC won on Saturday! The winning play was awesome! Let’s get into the film room to figure out how it came about. The situation A back-and-forth first half saw Nashville SC emerge with a 1-0 lead. The second half in St. Pete, though, has largely been controlled by the host Tampa Bay … Continue reading From the film room: Belmar’s execution caps beautiful build

From the film room: Spill the shot, spoil the defense

Pun-oriented post title: status failure. Nashville SC earned a lead against Tampa Bay Rowdies shortly before halftime in St. Petersburg Saturday evening, but it didn’t take the Rowdies long to equalize. How’d it happen? The situation Nashville SC earned a go-ahead goal in the 44th minute after Lebo Moloto banged home the rebound on a Cameron Lancaster free kick. Their hosts came out of the … Continue reading From the film room: Spill the shot, spoil the defense

Pitch Points is goin’ deep

Header image is the graphical representation of Sammy Kahsai’s likely goal of the week for Pittsburgh over the weekend. It’s pitch points. Herein I round up some of the links of most interest to fans of Nashville SC, MLS, the US National Teams, and the soccer world on the whole. If you have something you’d like me to include or consider for a future edition, … Continue reading Pitch Points is goin’ deep

The Graphical: Swope Park Rangers 0-2 Nashville SC

Welcome to The Graphical, wherein I mine the Opta data for insights about how Nashville SC’s most recent game came to the result it did. This time, that result was a two-goal breeze past Swope Park Rangers 2. Losing the (possession) battle, winning the war Nashville SC’s ability to win games while losing the possession battle (or vice versa, or various riffs on the theme) … Continue reading The Graphical: Swope Park Rangers 0-2 Nashville SC

Pitch Points has numbers to back up arguments

Welcome to Pitch Points, wherein I make irregular roundups of links of interest to Nashville SC and US Soccer. If you don’t already follow the site on social channels, do so @ClubCountryUSA on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Big data, big money. DC United has promoted its stat guru to the position of Technical Director. Your miileage may vary in terms of how important analytics are to … Continue reading Pitch Points has numbers to back up arguments

From the film room: Hey, let’s try to go up the flanks

Nashville SC lived on the touchlines in Ottawa Fury’s offensive third over the weekend. That played a big role in allowing the Boys in Gold to come away with a 3-0 victory. Why did it happen that way? We go to the film. The diamond I’ll begin with a look at Ottawa Fury’s formation: while they listed it as a 4-3-3, it played out like … Continue reading From the film room: Hey, let’s try to go up the flanks