Nashville SC plus/minus for 2018

As we trudge through the offseason, let us not forget through all the player acquisitions and scheduling announcements that the 2019 season will be built from a baseline that was established this Summer. Certainly everyone is entitled to an opinion about the relative quality of certain players (and I have mine, too), but as I’ve tried to do in the past, some sort of objective measure of … Continue reading Nashville SC plus/minus for 2018

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

From the Film Room: Ryan James, all-field threat

This is going to be a slightly different edition of the film room, with an emphasis on the chalkboard, rather than the videos. Let’s take a look at average player positions from Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds: A couple things jump out immediately, and some of those can be explained away pretty easily: The overlap in the offensive edge of the center circle. That’s Tucker … Continue reading From the Film Room: Ryan James, all-field threat

From the film room: Louisville City doubles its lead

Neither team was explosive offensively Saturday afternoon, and Louisville City struck twice in counter-attack postures to earn what was ultimately a comfortable win over Nashville SC. How did the second goal – and easy tap-in for Niall McCabe – come about? The setup We’re in the 65th minute, and Louisville City broke through in the 56th minute, so they were able to go into a … Continue reading From the film room: Louisville City doubles its lead

Breakdown and player ratings: Nashville SC 0-2 Louisville City FC

Saturday’s game didn’t go quite according to plan for the Boys in Gold. A lackluster first half (for both teams) and a pair of LCFC goals in the second led to a debut defeat for Nashville SC’s USL account. What went into the loss? Tactics, formation, opponent   A combination of these three factors made for a really tough first game out of Nashville SC. … Continue reading Breakdown and player ratings: Nashville SC 0-2 Louisville City FC

Takeaways from Thursday’s NSC training session

Before this afternoon’s Louisville City preview, a couple items from yesterday’s training that was open to the media (for post-practice interviews, see Gary Smith/Liam Doyle interviews and Lebo Moloto transcript). This team is filled with leaders It should come as no surprise that defensive midfielder Michael Reed is the team’s captain – the former San Antonio FC captain is an experienced vet (a second-division lifer … Continue reading Takeaways from Thursday’s NSC training session

From the film room: Chattanooga nearly breaks through

Nashville SC’s win over former rival Chattanooga FC Saturday evening turned out to be  comfortable affair, but that doesn’t mean the Boys in Gold were perfect. On the contrary, there were a few minutes near the beginning of each half when they looked vulnerable indeed. Let’s look at one that occurred in the 58th minute (not long before Chattanooga actually did end up finding the back … Continue reading From the film room: Chattanooga nearly breaks through