Who makes the cut? My projections for USL players jumping to MLS

Ropapa Mensah’s youth makes him a good fit to move up with Nashville SC. Ryan Lassan Photography/For Club and Country. Nashville SC has seven players currently signed for the inaugural MLS season (with two more on the way the moment the MLS trade window opens next week). Who from the current – or soon-to-be-outgoing – USL side will join them? My official projections (I should note … Continue reading Who makes the cut? My projections for USL players jumping to MLS

Press transcript and video: Gary Smith, Justin Davis, and Darnell King post-Charlotte Independence draw

Nashville SC head coach Gary Smith and two of his players met with the media after their team’s 1-1 draw against the Charlotte Independence. Watch or read what they had to say here. Coach Gary Smith “I was actually delighted with the first half. I thought we looked very bright, got ourselves into some extremely encouraging areas. Two wide players [Kharlton Belmar and Alan Winn] … Continue reading Press transcript and video: Gary Smith, Justin Davis, and Darnell King post-Charlotte Independence draw

From the film room: Forward ambition

Last year’s Nashville SC team was extremely sound defensively, but left something to be desired when it came to offensive punch. This year’s squad has been even better defensively to date (0.4 GPG allowed, compared to 0.91 last season), but has also managed to make vast strides offensively. Indeed, while last year the Boys in Gold scored 1.24 goals per game, this year’s unit is at … Continue reading From the film room: Forward ambition

Presser video and transcript: Gary Smith and Justin Davis pre-Ottawa Fury

Nashville SC head coach Gary Smith and defender Justin Davis met with the media today. Watch or read what they had to say here. Gary Smith “I think you like to get some fluency in your play, a bit of rhythm. It’s very early in the season, so there’s plenty still that the group can be working on structurally, which we’ve taken advantage of in … Continue reading Presser video and transcript: Gary Smith and Justin Davis pre-Ottawa Fury

The Graphical: New York Red Bulls II 1-1 Nashville SC

Welcome to The Graphical, wherein I mine the Opta data for some insights into why each game ended with the result it did.  Nashville SC earned a 1-1 draw against New York Red Bulls II in Montclair, N.J. Sunday afternoon. However, the way it happened will leave the Boys in Gold bitter they didn’t come away with all three points. What were some of the statistically … Continue reading The Graphical: New York Red Bulls II 1-1 Nashville SC

Pitch Points promotes, relegates

Let’s round up the latest links relevant in the world of Nashville SC and US Soccer! With commentary! As always, feel free to share with a friend or share anything you’d like me to include on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. Ghost of USL Future. USL President Jake Edwards has a Big Mood about where the United Soccer Leagues will be come the United States’ 2026 host … Continue reading Pitch Points promotes, relegates

Nashville SC announces returning players

From Club release: NASHVILLE (November 14, 2018) – The majority of the main contributors of Nashville Soccer Club’s successful inaugural season that finished in a USL Cup Playoff appearance this season will be back for 2019, pending USL and federation approval. Each of Nashville’s 12 highest minutes-played contributors will be back next year, including all four primary defenders and starting keeper on the league’s second-best defense. … Continue reading Nashville SC announces returning players