Nashville SC ships Michael Cox to St. Louis in exchange for international spot

Cox scored the first competitive goal in Nashville SC club history. Tim Sullivan/For Club and Country

From club release:

NASHVILLE (July 12, 2018) – Nashville SC has agreed to trade forward Michael Cox to Saint Louis FC of the United Soccer League (USL) in exchange for an international roster spot. The acquisition of the roster spot brings the team’s total to eight for the rest of the 2018 season.

“Michael was a good ambassador for Nashville Soccer Club, and we are happy for the opportunity that he will have in St Louis. We would like to wish him the best of luck in the future,” Nashville SC technical director and VP of soccer operations Mike Jacobs. “This transaction will allow us the flexibility to actively explore potential additions during the summer transfer window, and to continue to put Gary [Smith] and his coaching staff in the best possible position to succeed.”

Cox appeared in five games for Nashville SC in 2018 with three starts, totaling 263 minutes. His only goal of the season came on a penalty kick against Bethlehem Steel in a 1-0 win for Nashville on March 31.

Nashville SC will be back in action on the road on July 21 against Ottawa Fury FC. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. CST.

My reaction: On the field, not much impact. Cox had been a depth player (or even below that) since the beginning of the year, particularly once Ropapa Mensah started to get closer to full fitness – though he’s still not there – and the writing was on the wall for every forward who hadn’t been getting playing time as soon as Brandon Allen signed.

I had actually believed it most likely that a Canadian team would pick him up (there’s been an increasing trend toward those clubs loading up with their countrymen, and he’d be an improvement for either Canadian Club in the USL), for example if he traveled with NSC to Ottawa next weekend, and simply didn’t come back.

Regardless, it’ll be interesting to see how the added international spot is used. Nashville hasn’t really explored the transfer market proper a whole lot in its brief existence as a professional club, and adding an international slot (while waiting until a transfer window) implies that there’s a desire for a relatively splashy signing. With the finishing ability returning to pre-Allen levels lately, I’d bet on a player who can put the ball in the net.

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