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

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

From the Film Room: Lebo Golazo, round two

You may recall the original Lebo Golazo from the friendly match against Orlando City. Nashville SC had its way with Penn FC Saturday evening, whether playing a direct style of ball or working it through the middle in the possession game. After a simple “cross, finish” goal to open the scoring in the first half, things were quite a bit more tiki-taka for the second. … Continue reading From the Film Room: Lebo Golazo, round two

Nashville earns road draw against Charleston, will regret not taking all three points

Nashville struck early on the road Saturday evening – defender Liam Doyle blasted a shot into the bottom-right corner of the net after Lebo Moloto laid off a free kick – but Charleston Battery was able to respond early in the second half to level the score. While Nashville would have chances, neither team would find the game-winner (at least a game-winner that counted) and … Continue reading Nashville earns road draw against Charleston, will regret not taking all three points

Breakdown and player ratings: Penn FC 0-0 Nashville SC

Apologies for the delay on this. Full disclosure: it was a super-nice weekend so I just decided to do other things, with a loooong gap between games. Remember, you can play a part in these posts by anonymously voting in the postgame community player ratings each week. Those numbers are on a traditional 1-10 scale, my ratings are not.  Tactics and formation Nashville was in a … Continue reading Breakdown and player ratings: Penn FC 0-0 Nashville SC

Breakdown and player ratings: Bethlehem Steel 0-1 Nashville SC

Breakdown and player ratings: Nashville SC 0-0 Pittsburgh RiverhoundsNashville SC finally earned its first win of the young season, and a road win, no less. What led to the result? Tactics and formation Nashville SC came out with a couple wrinkles that we hadn’t seen this much of prior to the game: a straight-up 4-4-2 formation, and attacking midfielder Lebo Moloto lined up as a … Continue reading Breakdown and player ratings: Bethlehem Steel 0-1 Nashville SC