From club release:
NASHVILLE (December 13, 2018) – Nashville Soccer Club added to its goalkeeping corps as the club announced the signing of Connor Sparrow to its 2019 United Soccer League (USL) Championship team on Thursday afternoon, pending league and federation approval. Sparrow spent last season with Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer (MLS) and made appearances for its USL Championship affiliate Real Monarchs SLC.
“At 24 years old, Connor has already shown how capable he is,” said Nashville SC head coach Gary Smith. “He was a regular in a very good Monarchs team [in 2017] and has all the qualities needed to develop into a top-flight goal keeper.”
Sparrow, 24, was drafted by Real Salt Lake in the fourth round of the 2016 MLS SuperDraft before signing with its USL Championship affiliate Real Monarchs SLC later in the year. His breakout season came in 2017 when Sparrow made 20 appearances between the pipes for the Monarch, going 11-6-3 and allowing just 18 goals while keeping seven shutouts. He led the Monarchs to the best record in the USL Championship and No. 1 seed in the USL Cup Playoffs.
“Connor performed at a high level in the USL in his rookie season and comes out of the Real Salt Lake goalkeeping pipeline that has produced some of the top goalkeepers in Major League Soccer,” said Nashville SC VP of soccer operations and technical director Mike Jacobs. “He is someone that we’ve tracked for some time and know that he has the potential to be a key contributor for us here in Nashville.”
After spending two seasons in the USL Championship, Real Salt Lake of MLS signed the keeper at the end of the 2017 season. Sparrow made one appearance in net for RSL last season in the 4th round of the U.S. Open Cup, and made the 18 as the backup keeper in 12 MLS matches in 2018.
Analysis on Sparrow coming… probably tomorrow. I’ve spent enough time for one day neglecting the job to write as a hobby.