Nashville SC season preview 2019: The wrap and predictions

Hey there, I’ve written 7,483 words previewing Nashville SC’s season, and another 5,133 taking a team–by–team look at their opponents this year (and 774 more looking at where last year’s standout USL players will suit up in 2019). Would you like to read the whole thing to get to know the Boys in Gold and the USL Championship’s Eastern Conference inside and out? Here we … Continue reading Nashville SC season preview 2019: The wrap and predictions

Nashville SC season preview 2019: Offense

Daniel Rios no está impresionado con su falta de goles. Here’s the big one. Nashville SC’s offense was something of an Achilles heel for the team last year, only pouring in 42 goals in 34 games (1.24 per outing). In previous portions of the season preview, I’ve given some reasons to expect more scoring output than last year. The majority of that scoring, though, should … Continue reading Nashville SC season preview 2019: Offense

Nashville SC season preview 2019: Set pieces

Before getting into the final run-of-play preview piece (you know, the one people are most interested in), let’s take a brief detour and take a look at Nashville SC’s set pieces – offensively and defensively – heading into 2019. Offensive set pieces The setup here was pretty simple last year: there were just a few kick-takers, with Michael Reed most common among them, Taylor Washington, … Continue reading Nashville SC season preview 2019: Set pieces

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Nashville SC season preview 2019: Transition to offense

For all the talk about Nashville SC’s overall offensive struggles last year, I think not quite enough attention was given to how the Boys in Gold got into their offensive sets. This portion of the preview strives to answer questions about just that topic. There were a few truisms about how Nashville SC went from defending to offense during the course of the 2018 season. The … Continue reading Nashville SC season preview 2019: Transition to offense

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Nashville SC season preview 2019: Settled defense

I already looked at where Nashville seemed to be weaker (and how that’s been shored up) with the transition defense preview, now let’s look at what was almost certainly one of the more impressive units in the USL last year: the Nashville settled defense. Let’s begin with a quick touch on tactics, using a couple game lineups from last year:   On the left, you … Continue reading Nashville SC season preview 2019: Settled defense

Nashville SC Season preview 2019: Transition to defense

What is this? If you’re a little confused about the format of the season preview, check out the intro post. Nashville SC had one of 2018’s elite USL defenses. Accounting for the fact that the team played the USL’s best and third-best offenses three times (albeit along with the 19th-best and 28th-best offenses), allowing the second-fewest goals in the entire league is pretty impressive. I’ll be … Continue reading Nashville SC Season preview 2019: Transition to defense

Nashville SC season preview 2019: The four phases

Most team previews revolve around a man-by-man (or position-by-position) overview of the talent on the roster. This multi-part preview will indeed have plenty of that, but it’s going to take a different approach. Instead of reviewing the goalkeepers, and all responsibilities of the goalkeepers (and the individuals’ ability to execute those responsibilities), then repeating it with defenders, midfielders, and forwards, I’m going to break things … Continue reading Nashville SC season preview 2019: The four phases