From Club release:
NASHVILLE (January 31, 2019) – Nashville Soccer Club of the USL Championship has acquired Celtic F.C. defender Andrew Gutman on loan for the 2019 season, pending league and federation approval. Gutman recently signed with Celtic, the top team in the Scottish Premiership, after a hugely successful college soccer career at Indiana University that saw him recently awarded the MAC Hermann Trophy as the top player in men’s collegiate soccer in 2018.
“Andrew has demonstrated the ability to excel on both sides of the ball, and at a high standard,” said Nashville SC VP of soccer operations and technical director Mike Jacobs. “We are excited about being able to add him to our group here.”
Gutman, 22, played four seasons at Indiana and racked up numerous honors throughout his collegiate career. He missed just one game at Indiana throughout his career, playing in 90 of 91 games between 2015-2018. Gutman led the Hoosiers to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including the National Championship game in 2017. As a defender, he scored 20 goals and had 17 assists in four years, including 11 goals and nine assists as a senior in 2018. In addition to winning the Hermann Trophy in 2018, Gutman was named TopDrawerSoccer.com’s National Player of the Year and a First Team All-American by the United Soccer Coaches.
“Once I heard about this opportunity, I was super excited,” said Gutman. “Nashville is a great city, and they have built a very strong team. I am ready meet the guys, get to work and am excited to contribute in any way possible to this club. I want to thank Celtic F.C. for giving me the chance to grow as a player in Nashville. To the Nashville SC fans, I cannot wait to meet you and play in front of the best fans in the nation.”
Since finishing his college eligibility, Gutman has been playing in Scotland. He trialed with Rangers F.C. of the Premiership before joining Celtic. Classified as a Homegrown Player for the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer, Gutman played in the Chicago Fire’s youth academy throughout high school.
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