Nashville SC signs former San Antonio defender Darnell King

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NASHVILLE (December 4, 2018) – Nashville Soccer Club announced the signing of United Soccer League (USL) Championship All-League defender Darnell King on Tuesday morning, pending league and federation approval. King led San Antonio FC last season in starts, minutes, clearances and tackles, while contributing offensively with three goals and five assists.

King, 28, was named to the USL Championship All-League Second Team in 2018 after a standout season with SAFC. He was one of just six defenders recognized on an All-League team last year and the only primary right back to receive the honor.

“Darnell is in the prime of his career and brings an abundance of pace and energy, whilst offering a very attack-minded approach to the game,” said Nashville SC head coach Gary Smith. “He is a wonderful addition to the team after a great season in the Western Conference.”

Starting his professional career in his home state of Florida, King signed with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the now defunct North American Soccer League (NASL) and appeared in 75 matches from 2012-2014. His final season, King was named to the 2014 NASL Best XI. Before his one year at SAFC, the defender played three seasons with the Tampa Bay Rowdies from 2015-2017.

“Darnell is a dynamic right-sided defender who has the potential to impact a match on both sides of the ball,” said Nashville SC VP of soccer operations and technical director Mike Jacobs. “He embodies what we look for in players in those roles on the field.”

At each stop in his career, King has been historically durable. He is still the all-time leader in appearances for the Strikers and ranks eighth in all-time appearances for the storied Rowdies. His nearly 3,000 minutes were the most for SAFC last year and ranked in the top-20 amongst all USL Championship players last season.

King is yet another piece to bolster what is looking like major improvement on an already-impressive defense.

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