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 used a cutoff of 600 minutes played (because otherwise sample size errors would be even greater than they ended up), which removed Jordan Dunstan, Ramone Howell, and Robin Shroot from consideration.
  • I also took out Michael Cox and David Edgar, because they played the majority of their minutes with other teams (St. Louis and Ottawa, respectively), and the way the USL website presents the data, there’s no way to separate that out. Neither would have played over the 600-minute threshold for NSC, anyway.
  • That leaves a pool of 17 field players.
  • Keep in mind that some of these factors are an indication of quality, others are a description of style. “Was in more duels” is not necessarily synonymous with “better,” just a different type.
  • That said, I’m not happy with a couple of the metrics representing the sort of thing I wanted them to. Specifically, duels are not as indicative of a defensive mindset as I’d thought (particularly because aerial duels went mostly to Tucker Hume on longballs, etc.). I’d re-calculate the data, but I got way too deep into the process before realizing it, so it’ll have to wait for another time.
  • Since I’m using limited software here (Google Docs, actually), the wheels are a bit tougher to interpret, with no raw numbers. Everything is scaled from lowest on the team (0) to highest on the team (1), without regard for how it’d stack up to the rest of USL. For example, Brandon Allen had the best finishing rate on the team (30.3%), so he’s represented by a 1. There were plenty of USL players with higher marks (such as Cincy’s Danni Konig at 37.9%), but they’re outside of the sample size.
  • The stats are divided into four categories, starting with usage in the upper right, and going clockwise through shooting, passing, and defense. Each category includes four metrics, though as mentioned above, I’m not super-happy with how representative they all are of what I’m going for.

Here we go:

Primarily offensive players

Forwards, wide midfielders (minus Taylor Washington, who played wingback and fullback more than he played as an offensive-minded midfielder), and central attacking midfielders. Not sure whether to stick LaGrassa here because he also played significant amounts as a central defensive midfielder, but given his time as a winger and second striker, I guess I will.

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Winn’s role as an offense-minded winger was one that worked out pretty well for him as a distributor, especially. He barely edged out Kris Tyrpak for the mantle of “greatest percentage of his passes were key passes.” His finishing could use some work, and he was mostly a non-entity defensively.

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Allen’s role as a poacher and finisher cannot be overstated. Of course, there’s a bit of a confounding factor here: four of his ten goals on the season came from the penalty spot, and two of them came with the Bethlehem Steel before his transfer.

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Were it not for his season-ending injury, Moloto would have been one of the ironmen of this team. His conversion rate on shots was well-documented as being too low (though, as I’ve enumerated plenty of times in the past, that’s probably a product of feeling like he had to do too much with a whole new team, especially early in the year). His shots on-target rate indicates bad luck played a part, too. He was also one of the key creators for this team.

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LaGrassa played multiple roles for the team, as described above. His offensive numbers certainly indicate that he spent much more time in that CDM role (which I believe to be true, though I haven’t gone back and checked). His win rate on duels and tackles is certainly pretty good.

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Jome, like LaGrassa, played multiple roles, though his were a little less diverse: left winger, left fullback, and a little bit of central defensive mid. He pretty much got benched after getting a key red card.

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Hello, Mr. “tries shit.” If Mensah had been at full fitness earlier in the year, this team’s (often deserved) reputation for being a bunker-counter squad with little creativity in the final third might have been different. Mensah’s conversion rate wasn’t great, but to a certain extent, having him out there was not only a way for him to score, but to open things up for teammates.

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Extremely similar graph to Winn’s, save for the fact that Tyrpak didn’t join the team until August and only got into five games. A whole season with him available would certainly be interesting (though he and Winn have overlapping skillsets, to an extent).

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The “shoot only” version of an offensive player. You’d actually like to see at least the passes per 90 be higher, given that he’s a hold-up striker. If the key pass version of a hockey assist existed, though, he’d be much higher. Also: the graph that made me realize duels don’t belong in the “defensive actions” category.

Primarily defensive players

The rest of ’em. As you can figure from the above, there’s some overlap in the LaGrassa/Washington/Jomes of the world.

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The only player on the team (or at least among these 17 who got enough playing time to count) who didn’t register a shot. Solid defender and ground-coverer, and the majority of his key passes were crosses in from the wing.

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A lot of minutes played, solid defensive numbers (remember, we shouldn’t be holding a lack of volume in duels against him), and decent action going forward with key passes. Given that he played both centerback and fullback, the pass numbers generally get a little more impressive (aside from long passing, which you expect more of from a centerback).

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The most offensive of NSC’s central defensive mids, Reed made an offensive impact with line-breaking passes (that long pass mark is pretty nice, especially when considering how many of those passes turned into key passes, and how accurate Reed’s passing was overall). He didn’t get forward much until later in the year, which you’d like to see more of with a team that’s a bit more comfortable with each other next year.

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James didn’t play a ton to get much data on him. Non-entity offensively (unsurprising given that much of his time, especially late in the year, came as a third centerback sub). Was a very good ball-winner, though.

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Some eyebrows were raised about Doyle’s selection as the team’s defender of the year, but the graph is pretty impressive to me. Tons of blocks and clears, did a great job winning tackles, wasn’t a liability with the ball at his feet (completing a lot of passes despite simply booting many of them upfield), and was pretty much an ironman.

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I’m actually fairly surprised Bourgeois’s long passing rate wasn’t higher, because there was a stretch in the middle of the year where it seemed like he was just instinctively banging it upfield. He would have been one of the minutes leaders if not for a mid-season injury, he would have had a ton of minutes, too. Glad to see him get a couple goals in there, as well.

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Played multiple positions, scored on one of just seven shots on the year. Wasn’t super-involved on or off the ball, based on the graph, but was good when called upon.

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Hello, weird graph for a central midfielder. Akinyode was very good defensively (upper left quadrant) and got plenty of playing time (upper right). The bottom two portions are where it gets interesting: he was a non-entity offensively – aside from one absolute banger against FCC, of course – and his passing chart shows a guy who was similarly not involved either getting forward or moving the ball into the offensive third. “Guy who doesn’t mess up with the ball at his feet” is certainly an asset for a team, but I’d like to see more (or, if he’s not going to produce going forward, a couple fewer situations where he was jogging back in defense while his guy scored or set up a goal).

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Woodberry actually had the ball at his feet a lot for a centerback. He was fairly solid blocking shots and clearing them with regularity (perhaps there’s something to be said for that), though the other centerbacks had a bit more. Anecdotally, he did have a game-losing own-goal, of course.

What we learned

Aside from “let’s make sure we understand what part of the game duels demonstrate before chopping up the data,” I think a lot of what we see here either follows with what we saw on the field (“Ropapa tries to make things happen,” “Akinyode may not be physically capable of a pass longer than eight yards”), or taught us something that we might not have otherwise realized (“Hume’s shooting was actually more important to the team than his hold-up play,” “Winn and Tyrpak were far and away the most important setup men”).

Again, some of the graph is on a scale of “bad to good” while other parts are simply stylistic measures, so there’s a bit of mining you can do with these.

If you have any suggestions for how to make the graphs more enlightening, or a question/suggestion/etc. otherwise, let me know in the comments or drop me a note on the social channels. I’m all ears, and trying to get as much information displayed in an interesting and informative way as possible.

 

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Friday afternoon newsbits

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I only have a picture of the side of his head. Sorry (Woodberry in jacket, with Ropapa Mensah in green). Tim Sullivan/For Club and Country

Woodberry officially out. As I alluded to earlier, London Woodberry will not play against Pittsburgh after a knee injury (I updated that post to reflect that he is officially out, and the club included the knee injury information on its injury report).

That’s a blow to NSC, but one way to look at it is giving a player who had injury trouble of his own through preseason (Bradley Bourgeois) an opportunity to prove why he began the year in the starting lineup against Atlanta.

Ticket sales over 20,000. Nashville SC will certainly be setting an attendance record for a USL debut game. The current record was set in 2014 by Sacramento Republic. The record for any season-opener (not just the first-ever home game for a team) is 23,144 set by FC Cincinnati last year. Their record for a game between two USL sides is 30,417 which they established against New York Red Bulls II last year. The overall record – regardless of opponent – is 33,250, again with the Red Bulls (but this time the parent club in the US Open Cup) as the guest.

NSC won’t be setting either of the last two, what with the weather situation and such a climb to go. However, when FCC comes to Nashville July 7, it’s likely that not only to both of those records fall, but NSC may challenge the city’s record for a single game of 56,232, established by the friendly between Spurs and Man City last season.

Night before party. If you’re looking to spend time with some soccer folks this evening, head to Tailgate Demonbruen for The Assembly’s night before party at 7. Details here.

From the film room: Louisville City doubles its lead

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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 full bunker-and-counter mode. They’re keeping a lot of numbers behind the ball, and selectively picking their spots to push forward.

LCFC has a throw-in on the near (offense’s right) sideline. This plays out like a counter because they go with a quick reset and pop it over Nashville’s midfield lines, and limited numbers for both teams – just three or four attackers for Louisville, just the five pure defenders and the keeper for Nashville – in the final third.

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Matt LaGrassa is able to put in an effort on Luke Spencer when he initially receives the long throw, but won’t particularly figure into this play.

That means Nashville still has a numbers advantage, but poor individual play at times allows Louisville to not necessarily even up the numbers, but succeed despite a numbers disadvantage (as should be the case for skilled attackers).

What happens

As mentioned above, this is basically a four-on-five play (again, LaGrassa is not a major factor after the very beginning), but with George Davis IV staying wide and forcing Kosuke Kimura to cover him way out there, it’s a bit more like a three-on-four until the very end.

When Spencer receives the throw, he picks up an immediate double-team from LaGrassa and Liam Doyle. Both are coming from the side – the same side, too, from the near sideline here – and slightly overrun him, allowing him to turn back from where they originated, finding a bit of free space to himself. He doesn’t hold onto the ball for too long, though, seeing a through ball to Oscar Jimenez that allows the winger to get space alone in a dangerous crossing position comfortably inside the penalty area.

How did Jimenez get so open? I’ll let Gary Smith do the explaining.

“For me, it was far too easy to get through two challenges,” Smith said of Spencer’s turn. “I think Ryan [James, after the turn] was attracted by a player in front of him and we far too easily were split as a defensive group.”

So, Ryan James was man-marking Jimenez, did a bit of ball-watching once Spencer found his space after beating Doyle and LaGrassa, and let the player in behind him. As you’ll see in the video, that forced Justin Davis to track back and help his teammate. Davis comes off looking kind of bad – he fails to close down Jimenez – but when you realize he was in coverage for a teammate, rather than failing in his own assignment, it makes this much more understandable.

By the time the cross gets in, London Woodberry, Doyle, and Kimura (who had come off the left winger to cover the interior) are all in position to cut it out. However, again there’s an instance of ball-watching: Woodberry is distracted by keeping his eyes on the crosser, rather than his mark. That allows Niall McCabe to get in behind for the easy tap-in. Matt Pickens had no chance.

“Even as the cross came in, we played a 4-v-1 in the penalty area,” Smith lamented. “The moments in a game are difficult to go back to, but I’m sure there would be some different choices and different decisions if they could have that moment again.”

Video

Takeaways

So there are two major categories into which the mistakes on this play fall: poor individual tackling (exacerbated by poor positioning), and ball-watching.

More often than not, you aren’t going to see a double-team split by opposing attackers with this NSC team. That’s especially true with a solid defensive midfielder in Matt LaGrassa and the most physical centerback in Liam Doyle. Indeed, Doyle’s characteristics “iffy with the ball at his feet playing from the back, good as a physical presence” typically go in the other direction.

Even if a player does split those two, it’s going to be even more rare that he’s able to do so while so cleanly possessing the ball. That Spencer kept his feet and control and was able to get his head up and dish it made this play. It won’t happen often.

The other category is the ball-watching, and that it afflicted (at least) two separate players on this instance is a little more troubling: it may end up a bit of a theme. It wasn’t in pre-season, so there’s hope, especially with the corrective measures the coaches are certainly implementing in training this week.

This was a major learning-experience goal: it wasn’t a whole lot of “these are things we just can’t execute,” but rather, “there are correctable mistakes here.” Going forward, you can be sure Gary Smith will be able to help his players prepare to make those corrections.

Many thanks to Music City Soccer for the quotes from Gary Smith, since we were unable to make it to training Monday.

Observations from Nashville SC practice

Most of the period of practice that was open to media today was the installation/fine-tuning of a five-man backline scheme (and the rest of it was positional drills), so there’s a little less to glean from offensive players, but we got a really good look at the defensive personnel. Gary Smith did mention in his press conference afterwards – video coming soon – that it’s one of multiple formations they intend to run out, so it sounds like there’ll be four-man backlines, as well.

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Lineup notes

The first-choice line appeared to be (left to right): Taylor Washington, Justin Davis, Liam Doyle, London Woodberry, and Kosuke Kimura. Ryan James rotated in on the outside on both sides. Jordan Dunstan and Bradley Bourgeois rotated in at the CB positions, too (I believe Dunstan got a tiny bit of time at RB, too).

In front of the backline, NSC was going with two holding midfielders – first choice Michael Reed and Matt LaGrassa, second choice Bolu Akinyode and Josh Hughes – so this is a pretty defensive formation if those wingbacks don’t get forward (though obviously that’s a strength of Kimura’s game, and Washington has some forward ability as well). Cutting out crosses, and tactics/switching/etc. when those wingbacks got into dangerous areas up the field was a focus of the install.

Since there wasn’t a true offensively-focused portion in the open portion, there’s not quite s much to glean about the personnel battles there. Offensive groupings included Robin Shroot and Martim Galvao together, as well as Michael Cox and Tucker Hume. Striker Ropapa Mensah was not in attendance, settling his visa situation before he joins the squad next week.

There was a handful of non-rostered players – clarified by Smith after practice as those who tried out, didn’t make the 23, but have something to contribute as practice players who could be signed to USL contracts down the road – also there (including a couple different keepers and a number of midfielders).

Personnel observations

Two players really stood out as vocal leaders. Kosuke Kimura is obviously familiar with Smith’s tactics from their previous stops together (including the MLS championship side for the Colorado Rapids back in 2010), and the veteran is very good at instructing, demonstrating, coaching up, etc. He’s still a ball of energy even though he’s starting to get up in years, so there shouldn’t be worry about the team getting into offensive shape even with a 5-3-2 formation. Still, his ability to communicate and teach was the most impressive aspect to me.

The center backs were still learning the priorities and rules for the system, but in the defense-favored format of the practice, all looked fairly solid. There’s going to be a curve in terms of building familiarity and communication with each other. Justin Davis seemed to be the most solid there, though after playing outside left back in a four-man backline for Minnesota United, it’ll still take a bit of adjusting.

The practice was about getting the field players ready, so the goalkeeper rotation (which was heavy on CJ Cochran) probably isn’t particularly meaningful. Smith hinted that Matt Pickens is probably the top dog at that position in the press conference.

In the midfield, Robin Shroot was extremely vocal, even in the modified-Rondo portion of the practice. Communicating and a bit of veteran savvy are going to combine to give him a real role to play. Former San Antonio FC captain Michael Reed (defensive midfield) was a good communicator in organizing his defense, as well.

The Martim Galvão fixation for fans (the former NSC U-23 star had longtime “why hasn’t he signed?” status) is probably a way to set the guy up for failure – expectations so high they’d be tough for anyone to meet – but he fit right in on a roster composed entirely of pros. There’s definitely going to be a role for him (if not a major one) this Summer. His touch and ability to move the ball through traffic translates better than I’d expected.

Kimura and James both played a couple nice crosses, and with target-forward Tucker Hume roaming the middle, that’s going to be a dangerous tactic this season. Unfortunately, on both occasions (including one on which he was all alone in front of net), the header sailed just high. He’ll dial that accuracy in a bit with more time on the training pitch.

Again, not much to be gleaned from the offensive guys, so don’t read too much into a lack of notes on them. Michael Cox had a handful of nice touches in addition to the guys I’ve mentioned above.

Ropapa Mensah, London Woodberry, and Jordan Dunstan are the newest Boys in Gold

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A couple days back, NSC added some talent. It is time to talk about that talent.

Ropapa Mensah

Mensah was the headliner of Tuesday’s announcement, and indeed is one of the headliners of the roster so far: he’s a proven goal-scorer moving from a situation where he was one of the only bright spots for a team that was otherwise pretty bad.

Mensah made appearances in 19 of 32 games for the Harrisburg City Islanders last year. That may seem questionable, but they were very much a team with no ironmen in 2017: the greatest number of games played for any player was 28, and Mensah played the 12th-most minutes despite striker being a position that traditionally sees more heavy rotation. Given that he was 19 at the beginning of the year and didn’t see significant time until later – and was clearly dominant in that time – I’m willing to mark it up as a non-issue going forward. Despite what one might consider limited usage, he scored seven goals (nobody else on the team had more than three) and added two assists; he was responsible for nine of the City Islanders’ 27 goals last year, outstanding production whether he was getting limited minutes or not.

A 6-1 forward who just turned 20 during the end of last USL season (his birthday is in late August) and has that type of output for a bad team is going to be a hot commodity. That NSC only has him on lone from his parent club (Inter Allies) in his native Ghana gives the impression that they may get just a year or two of production out of him… but from my perspective, it’s more likely that the option to outright buy him at the end of the loan is capitalized upon, especially given the MLS move coming up. He’s the sort of player who should not only be able to contribute to an MLS squad within a couple years, but has star potential in the league.

Here are some highlights:

He has some Clint Dempsey in him: a goal-scorer who nevertheless likes to drop a little deeper into the midfield to collect the ball and distribute it (though he’s also strong and skilled enough to be an effective hold-up striker). He’s not the fastest dude, but has good strength on the ball to shield off defenders, and a knack for finding open space. He’s also willing to shoot from distance, but does a little bit of everything when it comes to scoring his goals.

Let’s do a quick dive into the stats to suss out a bit of meaning from what our lying eyes have told us: He took 47 shots, 23 on-target (and indeed, shots off-target are a pretty significant portion of the above video, given that it’s a highlight reel), scoring six times with the right foot and once with the head. He’s a one-footed shooter all the way. Although only one of his goals came outside the box, you can see above that a couple of them were also right on the edge of it, too – with a couple cheeky chips and the header inside the six mixed in.

In addition to his shooting accuracy (or perhaps decision-making on when to shoot – the old Clint Dempsey “tries shit” can be a blessing and a curse), an area you’d like to see him improve is passing accuracy. At just 73.1% overall and 66.2% in the opponent’s half – where a striker is going to tend to play – there’s major room to grow. Some of that will likely get better by simple virtue of not playing for a very bad team (knock on wood, I guess, until we actually know NSC will be as good as it seems based on the roster acquisitions). Some of it is a matter of youth and not getting into the mix until the initial lineup was a bit established. Some of it is going to have to come from within, though.

This is a very high-upside player, and Gary Smith’s comment “every opportunity to be a real fan favorite” seems legit, especially when he starts pouring in goals.

As alluded to above, Harrisburg was anemic offensively, with their 28 goals the third-fewest in the Eastern Conference (and, in giving up 47, they ended at -19 in goal differential, worse than all but the god-awful Toronto FC II). It’s hard to blame him for his team being bad, and indeed it seems likely that they would have been far worse without him.

London Woodberry

Woodberry, a 26-year old defender, has plenty of high-level experience: he was cut from the New England Revolution after making just three appearances last Summer, but played in 25 (23 starts) and 18 in the previous two seasons for the Revs. The previous two years, he was a squad player but made limited appearances for FC Dallas – for whom he was a homegrown signing.

A stint in USL to revive a career that had been getting dangerously close to “stagnant” in Boston is probably just what the doctor ordered. A guy who was having trouble seeing minutes in MLS is also still very capable of not only contributing to a lower-division side, but being a very high-caliber contributor in it (similar to Minnesota United signing Justin Davis).

“At 26, London is in the prime of his career,” Smith said. “With over 50 MLS appearances already to his name, he has excellent experience. He is a wonderful athlete and comfortable in possession, qualities which make him a great addition to the group.”

Smith highlighting his athleticism likely indicates that Woodberry’s primary role is going to be at right back (though he also worked at center back in MLS), where he can defend pretty well, but also get forward in the attack. In his two heavily-used years with the Revs in 2015 and 2016, he scored a single goal (on a set piece) on nine total shots, but he contributed two assists in ’15, too. He’s not a dangerously physical player, with 13 yellows across both those seasons.

He’s a former US Youth international, though is outside of the national team picture now. New England finished seventh in the MLS’s Eastern Conference last Summer, with 61 goals conceded, better than only LA Galaxy (67 allowed) and Minnesota United (70). That he couldn’t get onto the field for that team – especially after contributing to better Revs teams the previous two years (they matched the finish of seventh in 2016, but had a much better defense, and were fifth in the East in 2015) is a head-scratcher. The Revs had a pretty flexible backline – with several players used in multiple different roles across it – last year, which speaks to why the last squad player was unable to crack it… but also a little more troublesome that he couldn’t do so, even to steal a few minutes here and there.

Jordan Dunstan

The 6-2, 215-pound center back will have to make a quick trip up Interstate 24 for the next stop of his career after playing for the NPSL’s Chattanooga FC last year. He’s been with Chattanooga since 2014, though lost almost the entirety of his 2016 to an ACL tear, so the 2017 campaign is what really got him on the radar.

You can see based on his sheer size that he’s going to be a physical presence on the backline, and indeed he contributed to  very good CFC defense, which allowed seven goals in 12 games (with uneven schedules across the league, that’s one of the best marks, though the results range from three goals allowed in 16 games for FC Arizona to 71 allowed in 14 games for FC Aris). The team finished this in the Southeast Division of the South Conference, behind New Orleans Jesters and Knoxville Force – though thanks to giving up so few goals, CFC was comfortable atop the goal differential chart there. He played primarily left back, but his size (and the depth at that spot as compared to central defense) probably is a better fit for the middle going forward.

Here are his 2017 highlights:

The first 30 seconds are a long-throw reel, so… that’s an aspect he brings to the team, I guess? Much of his traditional passing – the kind that happens with the feet – is also of the long variety, and he puts nice pace and height on those long passes. He’s pretty much all-left, forgoing open players that a right-footed pass could find to play a less dangerous/effective pass with his preferred foot. He’s also physical and willing/able to play the ball with his head, which – if playing centrally ends up being his usage – is going to be an important part of his game if he’s to see the field this year.

“Jordan is a big, powerful, left-footed outside or center back with great potential,” Smith said. “I have high expectations for his first professional season and look forward to seeing Jordan grow into a formidable defender.”

The tone of that indicates a belief that he can develop pretty quickly with professional-caliber instruction.

Nashville SC adds three more players

Just re-posting the press release for now because the day job intervenes. My breakdowns this afternoon (though I had taken a long look at Mensah preparing the USL Eastern Conference previews, and this is a good, good addition. The others I’ll have to research).

ROPAPA MENSAH | F

Mensah gives Nashville SC another premier scoring threat at the striker position. On loan from Inter Allies in Ghana, with an option to buy, he becomes the club’s first player in on loan for 2018. Last season, on loan with Harrisburg City Islanders, now Penn FC, Mensah proved his offensive explosiveness.

In just 19 appearances, Mensah led the team in scoring with seven goals and added two assists. His 47 shots and 23 shots on goal also led Harrisburg City in 2017, and his 207 minutes per goal were the fewest on the club.

Coach Smith’s Thoughts: “Ropapa is a very talented and young forward with attributes that offer him every opportunity to be a real fan favorite. He is quick, strong and clinical in front of the goal and will be a real handful for any defense in the USL.”

LONDON WOODBERRY | D

Woodberry, 26, joins the Nashville SC defensive ranks that have seen time in the MLS.  From McKinney, Texas, the defender started his career at the FC Dallas youth academy, making his MLS debut in 2013 for FC Dallas. The last three seasons he has made 46 appearances for New England Revolution, including a career high 25 appearances in 2016.

Internationally, Woodberry made three appearances for the U.S. Men’s National Team U-18 team during the Australian International Olympic Festival, scoring a goal during the squad’s gold medal run in 2008.

Coach Smith’s Thoughts: “At 26, London is in the prime of his career. With over 50 MLS appearances already to his name, he has excellent experience. He is a wonderful athlete and comfortable in possession, qualities which make him a great addition to the group.

JORDAN DUNSTAN | D

Dunstan, 24, will stay in-state to play his professional soccer. Previously a member of Chattanooga FC of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) for the last three seasons, Dunstan played his college soccer in Dayton, Tenn. at Bryan College from 2014-17. He was named named Defensive Player of the Year in the Appalachian Athletic Conference in 2016.

Coach Smith’s Thoughts: “Jordan is a big, powerful, left-footed outside or center back with great potential. I have high expectations for his first professional season and look forward to seeing Jordan grow into a formidable defender.”