Nashville SC has added two more players with MLS experience ahead of its maiden voyage in the league, reports The Athletic’s Paul Tenorio.
The more notable name is Dax McCarty, the 32-year-old defensive midfielder whose game has been consistent as a mainstay for the Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls since 2011.
Reba, Wynonna, Dax. Gingers and Nashville have a long history.
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McCarty has 407 appearances in 14 MLS seasons since debuting for FC Dallas at age 19, a steady passer and tackler who reads the game well.
He’ll cost Nashville about $100,000 in combined allocation money to go with a second round pick, and almost certainly be at the crux of the expansion side’s midfield.
Tenorio says Nashville has also traded for LA Galaxy defender Dave Romney, a 26-year-old with 104 appearances.
Romney has scored five goals and added five assists, and cost the new club $225,000.
Nashville SC has purchased another attacking talent ahead of its first season in Major League Soccer.
The player is Costa Rican speedster Randall Leal, a 22-year-old left winger currently with Saprissa in his native country. He’s 11-times capped by Los Ticos, but is yet to score or assist for his country.
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Leal had been abroad with Belgium’s KV Mechelen, but only managed an assist in 19 matches from 2015-18.
“Randall is an exciting young attacking midfielder with bags of potential,” said Nashville SC general manager Mike Jacobs. “He has the ability to influence matches in a variety of ways and has demonstrated that caliber on both the domestic and international stage.”
He has two goals and two assists in 10 matches this season, and has registered six goals and six assists in 38 matches since coming home from Europe.
Nashville now boasts:
Hany Mukhtar (Designated Player)
David Accam’s got himself a strike partner.
Nashville SC announced the signing of its first Designated Plater on Tuesday, about eight months away from its first Major League Soccer match.
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The player is German midfielder Hany Mukhtar, who will spend the rest of the season on loan to current club Brondby before moving to MLS full-time.
The 24-year-old attacking midfielder also plays right and left wing, and represented Germany at nearly every youth level. Mukhtar also has Sudanese eligibility through his father..
He joined Hertha Berlin’s academy at age 7, and has been on the books for the German side as well as Benfica and Red Bull Salzburg.
Mukhtar made 10 appearances in the Bundesliga, and overall has 28 goals in 134 professional games. For Brondby, his stats amount to 26 goals and 34 assists in 120 appearances.
On the surface, Mukhtar is ready-made to be an upper level MLS player and deserving of DP status.
David Accam is on the move again, or at least he will be come New Year’s Day.
The 28-year-old Ghanaian forward was acquired by Nashville SC on Thursday, days after being sent to Columbus by the Philadelphia Union.
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Accam will stay with the Crew through the season, moving to Nashville on Jan. 1, 2020.
A force for the Fire during his first three seasons in the league, Accam struggled in Philadelphia last season and was sent packing despite scoring four times with two assists early this season.
Dealt to Columbus last week for $500,000 in allocation money and an international roster spot, the Crew sends him onward for $450,000 in allocation (plus the use of Accam the rest of the season).
Accam made his Crew debut over the weekend, coming off the bench and playing 25 minutes in a 3-0 loss to LAFC.
Nashville SC will remain Nashville SC when it moves into Major League Soccer next season, the USL club announced on Wednesday.
Nashville SC’s logo is an N wearing headphones — I apologize if I’m wrong here, but that’s what I see — as the Music City becomes a welcome addition to the United States’ top flight.
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Stunningly The fans wanted to keep the name of the club they’ve been supporting for a few years, and former Liverpool executive Ian Ayre announced that the club will keep a color from its crest as well.
“Gold is our primary club color, and we need to own that color in the sport. As we grow as a team we want to be recognizable by our color, our name and our values as a club.”
What do you think? It certainly could’ve been worse! We look forward to the building up of a regional rivalry with FC Cincinnati, Atlanta United, Sporting KC, and maybe one day Saint Louis FC.