Tim Sullivan/For Club and Country
After signing him at the conclusion of a successful trial in the preseason, Nashville SC will get only 29 regular-season minutes (all against New York Red Bulls II) out of Dutch midfielder Vinnie Vermeer.
From club release:
NASHVILLE (July 3, 2019) – Nashville Soccer Club announced today the loan of midfielder Vinnie Vermeer to Western Conference side Las Vegas Lights FC for the remainder of the 2019 USL Championship season. The Dutch midfielder started in one USL Championship match playing 29 minutes for the club since joining in February 2019 as a free agent.
This is actually sort of a disappointment to me. He looked promising as a central defensive midfielder in preseason and his time against the Baby Bulls, but an ankle injury in that game saw him sit for the next several weeks. He was unable to crack into the lineup in a meaningful way after that.
I think (obviously, I am not the technical staff) there could have been a role for him on this team, with central midfielders Lebo Moloto and Matt LaGrassa the only pair within that unit who seem to be lock starters when healthy and rested. A rotation of Bolu Akinyode, Michael Reed, and Vermeer could have seen the Dutchman get a bit of time – though not a ton, and it’s possible he asked to be loaned out to get game minutes – until Derrick Jones returns from ankle surgery. A solid-passing and defense-minded player in that role seems a worthwhile one to keep around.
It’s also possible that Jones’s recovery is farther along than expected. He is slated to return before the end of the regular season, but the earlier the better for the team (and the worse for Vermeer’s chance of getting significant game minutes).
Vegas is currently 6-7-4 and 10th in the West (the final playoff position). They don’t have any recent injuries in the midfield that would necessitate a replacement coming in, but certainly use reinforcements (and potentially an upgrade) in the midfield. Notably, the loan is listed as season-long, implying that Nashville retains Vermeer’s rights at the conclusion of the year – his contract at the very least carries into the offseason.