Don’t expect an in-depth write-up on these guys until potentially even after the Atlanta United friendly, but there’s a bit of new blood in the squad:
NASHVILLE (Feb. 9, 2018) – Nashville SC of the United Soccer League (USL) signed three
more players, pending USL and federation approval, ahead of its friendly with Atlanta United on Saturday, February 10. Forward Alan Winn, midfielder Ian McGrath and keeper Micah Bledsoe will be in navy and gold.
Winn, a 21-year old Texas-native, signed with Nashville SC after being selected 25th overall at the 2018 MLS SuperDraft by Colorado Rapids. Winn played as a forward at the University of North Carolina from 2014-2017. He led the team with 11 goals and two assists in his senior season along with being named a a United Soccer Coaches Second Team All-American while leading the Tar Heels to the NCAA Men’s College Cup in 2017 for the second consecutive season.
McGrath, 21, comes to Nashville after playing for the University of Evansville from 2014-2017. McGrath scored a team-high 11 goals in 2016 with the Purple Aces. McGrath is familiar with scoring in Nashville as he scored the game-winner against Belmont University in September of 2015. He was a two-time All-Region performer and led Evansville in goals and points as a senior with 12 and 30, respectively.
Bledsoe, 23, joins Nashville SC after signing with Louisville City FC in March of 2017. He is familiar with the Nashville soccer scene, spending four years playing for Lipscomb University. As a freshman, he was named to the Atlantic Sun Conference All-Freshman team after finishing 42nd in the NCAA in total saves. The Cincinnati, Ohio native started 52 games in his four-year career with the Bisons before signing with Louisville City FC.
The trio are already training with the team and will be available to play against Atlanta United on Saturday.