Nashville SC has announced yet another 2019 signing. Former Penn FC defender Ken Tribbett will become a Boy in Gold (why does making that phrase singular also make it seem deeply weird?).
From Club release:
NASHVILLE (November 28, 2018) – Nashville Soccer Club added to its strong defensive corps with the signing of defender Ken Tribbett, pending league and federation approval, the club announced Tuesday morning. Tribbett, 26, joins a Nashville SC defense that ranked second in the United Soccer League (USL) Championship last season in goals allowed.
“I am delighted to add Ken to our group,” said Nashville SC head coach Gary Smith. “His strength of character and leadership will add yet more quality to our strong back line.”
A native of Colorado, Tribbett is well-established as one of the premier center backs in the USL Championship. After being named as a finalist for the 2015 USL Championship Rookie of the Year with the Harrisburg City Islanders, the defender was signed by the Philadelphia Union and made his first Major League Soccer (MLS) appearance as a starter for the Union in the 2016 season opener.
Tribbett made 23 total MLS appearances with the Union from 2016-17 with 19 starts. He scored three goals and played all 90 minutes in the Union’s lone playoff game in those two seasons, a loss in the knockout road in 2016.
“Ken’s experiences and performances in MLS and USL made him a prime target for us this offseason,” said Nashville SC VP of soccer operations and technical director Mike Jacobs. “This acquisition matches our club’s ambition and commitment to sign players that we believe can help strengthen our team while pursuing championships.”
Last season, Tribbett signed with Penn FC of the USL Championship and made 21 appearances, all starts, as the club’s captain. The six goals he scored in 2018 were tied for the most by any defender in the league. He was the named the midseason USL Championship Defender of the Year, voted on by the fans, but a late-season injury derailed the final third of his 2018 campaign.
You may recall that Tribbett was one of my recommendations for a signing just a few weeks ago. He’s a great player, a relatively young one for his level of experience, and probably comes at a pretty good value given 1) an injury last year, and 2) the hiatus his prior team will be taking in 2019.
I’ll have more on Tribbett in the coming days.