Orlando City’s win streak ended on Wednesday night, as the Lions tied Nashville SC on the road, 1-1. Benji Michel had a rocket of a goal in the first half, and then Randall Leal leveled it at the start of the second half. Orlando had the bulk of possession but was unable to use it to create good chances on net.
Here’s how each player fared individually:
GK, Pedro Gallese, 6.5 — He perhaps could have done better on Nashville’s goal, but it was a good goal nonetheless at a very close range. He made three saves, all of which were pretty straightforward. Gallese did not have to make any spectacular saves, but put in a decent shift.
D, Kamal Miller, 6 — Leal ran right by him on Nashville’s goal. Miller did well in the first half but was a little slow to start the second and got beat. He had one interception and one clearance. On the attacking end, Miller had the most passes in the game (88), and his 94.3% accuracy is fifth-best from both teams, but the left side was lacking its usual threat without Joao Moutinho.
D, Robin Jansson, 6.5 — The Swede came out hard, trying to win the ball to start the second half. After he missed the ball, Nashville was able to use the space left by Jansson to score. There’s not much Jansson could have done, as that is a move he is expected to make and not give up space in the middle of the field. He did not have much to do, and his one chance to really make a difference was Nashville’s goal. His passing was excellent (98.3%) and he contributed one clearance, 3/3 long ball accuracy, and won a corner.
D, Antonio Carlos, 7 — Carlos made an excellent interception in the 43rd minute to deny Nashville from completing a dangerous cross. He made another good spot in the 83rd minute to steal the ball, falling to the ground. Similar to Jansson, he was not called into action much. However, he was Orlando’s best defender on the night. He made four clearances and two interceptions and was 88% accurate on 67 passes.
D, Ruan, 6 — Ruan was not his usual self, and it was one of his quieter games that he’s had this season. He did send in eight crosses — second-most on Orlando — but had no defensive stats. Ruan did not make any significant errors, but he could have provided Orlando with a little more on the attacking end.
MF, Junior Urso, 7 — Urso must go to bed and dream about scoring on Joe Willis. For the second time in as many games against Nashville, the ‘keeper has come up with huge saves against Urso. This time it would have been the game-winner late in the match, but Willis came out on the better end. It was another strong performance from Urso, who helped to control the middle of the field.
MF, Uri Rosell, 7 – Uri did well in the first half. He was a focal point in the Lions’ buildup and finished with 35 passes and one key pass. He did not venture forward often. Defensively, he made three interceptions.
MF, Mauricio Pereyra, 7 — Pereyra was awarded an assist on the match’s first goal, chipping a Ruan throw-in over Dax McCarty for Michel to run onto and launch a terrific shot. That was his third assist of the year, all against Nashville. He finished with one key pass and 89% passing accuracy on 28 passes. He took one shot at the tail end of the first half that just sailed over the bar.
MF, Robinho, 4 — Robinho was mostly ineffective. He had no shots in 52 minutes. He did send in three crosses and had a 90.9% accuracy on 22 passes and contributed two tackles. Overall, it was disappointing for a player making his first appearance this season. He made way for Mueller in the 52nd minute, and Mueller finished the match with more successful passes, more key passes, and more crosses than the starter.
MF, Benji Michel, 7.5 (MotM) — It was a quiet start to the match. Orlando was dominating possession, but nothing much happened until the Homegrown product put a banger into the upper 90 to open the scoring. That was Michel’s second goal — first in MLS play — of the season. He had a perfect chance to earn a brace in the 70th minute. Tesho Akindele back-heeled a ball in the box to him, but Michel took too much time, and Nashville cleared the ball. He was active on the defensive side of the ball. He finished with two tackles, two clearances, and one interception.
F, Daryl Dike, 5 — The rookie had a lot of hype surrounding him after an impressive performance against Atlanta. He was not able to keep that up on Wednesday. He did well off the ball and was physical but did not have much of an impact. He had no shots, which is obviously less than ideal for a striker, and managed just 16 total touches.
MF, Chris Mueller (52’), 6.5 — Mueller immediately took the corners after entering. He slipped on the first one, but the rest were pretty good and were sent into a dangerous spot. Unfortunately, no Lion got on the end of them. He was sloppy in possession, even though he got into promising positions. He had an impressive 95% passing accuracy on 21 attempts.
MF, Andres Perea (52’), 6 — Perea was quiet and had little effect in the time that he spent on the field. It just seemed like he never really got fully into the match. As a midfielder playing almost 40 minutes, that is obviously not a great sign, but he helped the Lions maintain possession and build the attack.
F, Tesho Akindele (53’), 6 — In the 70th minute, Akindele made a great run onto the ball and back-heeled it to Michel. It was an excellent no-look pass that Michel should have done better with. Tesho finished with two key passes but no shots.
MF, Sebas Mendez (60’), 7 — Mendez had 47 passes in just over 30 minutes. Since he came on, just about everything from Orlando went through him. He lost the ball a few times but was able to fight to win it back.
D, Kyle Smith (72’), 7 — His first touches in the match got him into an attacking position and a shot on goal. It was a difficult look, but he got into the dangerous spot. He put in a great cross in the 84th minute, but Joe Willis came up with a better save to deny Urso. He finished without any defensive stats but was deployed as a left wing back. He had two crosses, which were both dangerous. It seemed odd to take out a forward — Michel — for Smith, but it turned out to be an excellent substitute and shape change from Oscar Pareja.
That’s the way I saw things in the Lions’ first win over Atlanta. Be sure to vote in the poll below for your pick for Man of the Match and if you have some disagreements, let me hear it in the comments section below.
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