From the film room: A new way to find a look at goal

One of Nashville SC’s issues in 2018 was a lack of scoring, and some of that centered around a struggle to create high-value scoring opportunities. While NSC didn’t do much to inspire confidence by way of actually putting the ball into the net Saturday evening, they did generate looks against a very tough Saint Louis FC defense, and their┬ábest look at goal came with a … Continue reading From the film room: A new way to find a look at goal

From the film room: Saint Louis breaks the deadlock

I don’t typically write up film room stories on a set piece opportunity unless there’s something particularly interesting to note from them. However, thanks to a couple fairly forthcoming answers on the topic at the postgame press conference, it’s worth at least a look to see how Saint Louis FC scored the game-winner against Nashville SC. The situation Nashville SC has juuuuust missed going into … Continue reading From the film room: Saint Louis breaks the deadlock

From the film room: High press creates scoring opportunity

Nashville SC, at least with a one-game sample size, seems set to follow through on implementing the high press shown in the preseason. As mentioned in multiple season preview pieces, that makes sense for a team that intends to kick-start its offense. A high press can create quick-change scoring opportunities. Here’s one example from Saturday’s game against Loudoun United. Although this one didn’t end in … Continue reading From the film room: High press creates scoring opportunity

From the Film Room: Lebo Moloto presses and finishes against Tampa Bay

This one was pretty straightforward: A nice bit of high pressure from Nashville SC forced a mistake from Tampa Bay defender Ivan Magalhaese, Bolu Akinyode quickly transitioned to offense, and Lebo Moloto got rewarded for getting the play going in the first place. The situation Nashville SC is on the road in one of the toughest places to play in USL. The team has absorbed … Continue reading From the Film Room: Lebo Moloto presses and finishes against Tampa Bay

From the Film Room: Lebo Golazo, round two

You may recall the original Lebo Golazo from the friendly match against Orlando City. Nashville SC had its way with Penn FC Saturday evening, whether playing a direct style of ball or working it through the middle in the possession game. After a simple “cross, finish” goal to open the scoring in the first half, things were quite a bit more tiki-taka for the second. … Continue reading From the Film Room: Lebo Golazo, round two

From the film room: Why Nashville SC crosses a bunch against the odd backline

I pointed out in The Graphical (and mentioned a couple times in the player ratings) that Nashville SC attempted a ton of crosses against Charleston, and completed them at a rate pretty close to what they’ve done over the course of the entire year. That is to say: this was a heavily-used and highly-successful offensive strategy, there just wasn’t quite the finishing that you’d like … Continue reading From the film room: Why Nashville SC crosses a bunch against the odd backline

From the film room: Lebo Moloto puts Nashville SC on top of Louisville

Louisville City entered last Sunday’s game as one of the top teams in the USL East. Despite losing to Indy Eleven in their prior outing, this was still a juggernaut of a team. Nashville SC pretty much dispatched them with ease – at least on the scoreboard. How did it happen? It all began with a first-half strike from Lebo Moloto. The situation Neither team … Continue reading From the film room: Lebo Moloto puts Nashville SC on top of Louisville