The club announced this morning that midfielder Charlie Dennis has opted to terminate his contract after a season-ending injury.
Golden Goal engaged in some solid detective work, uncovering a Palm Beach Post story about, of all things, fan shuttles at a golf tournament, indicating that Dennis had knee surgery shortly after joining NSC in training – and potentially before officially signing with the club:
Hobbling along on crutches, Charlie Dennis said he probably wouldn’t have made it to the Bear Trap to use his tickets without the shuttle. The professional soccer player with the Nashville Soccer Club is doing rehab in West Palm Beach after surgery for a torn knee ligament Feb. 6.
Dennis was listed as out for the Atlanta United friendly, and had not been with the team since then, so we never even got to see him in action with the Boys in Gold. Thus, it follows logically that his departure will not be a super-impactful one for the 2018 season. Dennis was unlikely to be more than a depth player this year (though one of his fellow late-camp signings, Alan Winn, appears ready to make an impact, Ian McGrath has played mostly with the second team thus far), so from an on-field standpoint, there’s nothing significant lost.
With his exit, the roster is down to 25 players, well below the USL-mandated maximum of 30 (each week, 23 may be designated as “active,” while 18 make the gameday squad). However, look for the coaching staff to leave the remaining spots open for additions down the road in the case of injury. The club also has international spots available, and will hold onto those in case they have a need for an impact player in the event of a current member of the team going down.