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

From the film room: Ropapa Mensah’s rapid improvement

Ropapa Mensah’s career with Nashville SC is one that fans have strong positive feelings toward. From scoring the first goal in club history¬†to a last-kick game-winner, and so on and so forth. So far, his career has also had its share of disappointment, too (as is true of any player). However, his game is growing – rapidly – and as some of those rough edges … Continue reading From the film room: Ropapa Mensah’s rapid improvement

The Graphical: Loudoun United 0-2 Nashville SC

Welcome to The Graphical, wherein I mine the Opta data for some insights into Nashville SC’s most recent game. The Boys in Gold lost the possession battle, but won the… uh, score war? in metro DC Saturday evening. Formation tweaks Gary Smith went with a 3-5-2 formation, and while there are always some consistencies as to how Nashville will play in that setup, it’s also … Continue reading The Graphical: Loudoun United 0-2 Nashville SC

From the film room: Press makes goal

Quick audible from publishing The Wrap this evening, because I saw another interesting play to break down while cutting GIFs. Let’s take a look at Nashville’s opener. The situation Nashville has tilted the field in Hartford’s direction through the first half hour of play on Rentschler Field. The Boys in Gold have comfortably controlled possession, and what little Hartford has created has come on the … Continue reading From the film room: Press makes goal

From the film room: Ropapa’s room for improvement

Ryan Lassan Photography/For Club and Country A slightly different approach to the Film Room from the Indy Eleven game. Instead of one specific play, I’ll look at Ropapa Mensah’s performance in his first league start and longest regular-season appearance of the year. The goal: Answer a specific (and common) question. Why doesn’t Ropapa Mensah play more? I want to note ahead of time that this … Continue reading From the film room: Ropapa’s room for improvement

A final look at the NYCFC loss and finding some offense

We’re a few days (and on my part, a couple viewings, with plenty of note-taking) removed from Nashville SC’s 2-0 loss to New York City FC. What did a couple more viewings reveal? Offense is a work in progress After last year’s output, it’s understandable to feel skeptical or uneasy about Nashville SC’s inability to generate a ton of looks at net in this game. … Continue reading A final look at the NYCFC loss and finding some offense