Another day, another signing for the Boys in Gold. This time, it’s midfielder Michael Reed, who was most recently the captain of San Antonio FC.
“Reed was a player we had identified as someone who would make a significant impact to our team’s performance,” head coach Gary Smith said. “A transfer was the best option in bringing him to Nashville SC.”
He has experience with not only Smith (who coached him with the NASL’s Atlanta Silverbacks in 2015), but also keeper CJ Cochran, defender Kosuke Kimura, and midfielder Josh Hughes (who were on that Silverbacks squad) and defender Justin Davis (with whom he played for Minnesota United 2012-14).
His stint in San Antonio was his most productive, with five goals in 41 appearances over the past two years. He had one goal in 29 appearances for the Silverbacks and one in 31 appearances over three years for Minnesota United. San Antonio was also a very good team during his time there, finishing second in the West last year (a meager 45 goals for, but league-best 24 goals allowed), though just tenth the previous season (36 goals for/allowed).
The 6-0, 165-pound 30-year old played 27 games (24 starts) last season for SAFC, 80 minutes per game. He’s a box-to-box guy with a bit of a defensive orientation, with 36 clearances, 96 duels won to 64 lost (22/17 aerial duels), and 38.5 passes per game with just 23 key passes (three of them resulting in assists) all season. He picked up two yellow cards among his 17 fouls.
He completed 78.6% of his passes last season, 57.3% of his long-balls, and was more comfortable/successful in his own half (88.9%) to the attacking half (66.7%) – while you expect more success with the lower pressure in the defensive half, that’s a pretty wide split. He took 21 shots all season, four of them on target with two of them finding the net in 2017. He scored once inside the box, and once on a set piece. Each foot scored once.
Here’s a full game’s worth of highlights (which can be a little more telling than a pure highlight reel – this has good and bad in it):
He was a five-year college player at New Mexico – the home-state school for the Albuquerque native. The first four of those overlapped with NSC teammate Justin Davis, as well.
Like some other guys on the roster, he’s getting up in year, and will be 31 or 32 when MLS play begins (depending on the feasibility of a 2019 launch, which of course seems unlikely despite hints from NSC and MLS that it’s a possibility), and is probably a guy for the USL roster only.