USL Preview 2019: Where are the good players?

New to the USL as we head toward Nashville SC’s final go-round in the Championship? Let’s take a first look at the 2019 season by evaluating where the best players are going to be suiting up. Team of the Year First, let’s take a look at where last season’s All-League players ended up: Of the 22 total players who earned all-league honors last year, seven … Continue reading USL Preview 2019: Where are the good players?

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

The graphical: Nashville SC 2018 player radars

We’ve reached the end of the USL season – though Nashville’s been done for nearly a month – so let’s continue wrapping things up by a graphical representation of the players’ 2018 performances. A few notes here: Field players only. I’ll consider doing something for keepers in the future, but it doesn’t seem like the sort of thing that makes sense without broader comparisons. I … Continue reading The graphical: Nashville SC 2018 player radars

Lebo Moloto named second-team All-USL

An honor for one of Nashville’s most consistent offensive threats. From club release: NASHVILLE (November 5, 2018) – Nashville Soccer Club’s dynamic attacking midfielder Lebo Moloto was named to the United Soccer League (USL) All-League Second Team on Monday afternoon. The honor is the first for both a Nashville SC player and for Moloto in his professional career. “Lebo has consistently shown that he is one … Continue reading Lebo Moloto named second-team All-USL

Lebo Moloto giving back to his hometown

As soccer fans around the United States engage in arguments about what’s wrong with youth soccer in our country (with plenty of focus on how the pay-to-play system manages to shut talented players out of the US Soccer system), it’s easy to forget that not everyone even comes from a place where the opportunity for that argument even exists. Players in developing or recently developed … Continue reading Lebo Moloto giving back to his hometown

The Graphical: Nashville SC 2-0 Ottawa Fury

Welcome (back) to The Graphical, in which I mine the Opta data for insights as to how Nashville SC’s most recent result came about.  Your shift is on my team sheet This was the second game in a row where Nashville reverted back to the 3-5-2 that they’d started the year playing. While they announced a 4-4-2 lineup, check out these average positions: That’s Liam Doyle … Continue reading The Graphical: Nashville SC 2-0 Ottawa Fury

The Graphical: Nashville SC 0-2 Indy Eleven

Welcome to The Graphical, in which I mine the Opta data for insights as to how Nashville SC’s most recent result came about. You can also see more conventional game coverage from the Indy Eleven loss here at For Club and Country, and don’t forget to vote in community player ratings before today’s deadline. Pressure makes diamonds, not always goals   Nashville SC was able to … Continue reading The Graphical: Nashville SC 0-2 Indy Eleven