Nashville SC signs Forrest Lasso on loan

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Nashville SC’s defensive corps gets even stronger with yet another loan signing. FC Cincinnati defender Forrest Lasso will join the Boys in Gold for the rest of 2019.

From Club release:

NASHVILLE SC SIGNS FORREST LASSO ON LOAN

Major League Soccer defender joins Nashville SC from FC Cincinnati

NASHVILLE (July 25, 2019) – Nashville Soccer Club announced today the club has signed Major League Soccer defender Forrest Lasso on loan from FC Cincinnati through the remaining of the 2019 USL Championship season. The 26-year-old center back will be available for action, pending league approval, when Nashville SC hosts Indy Eleven at Nissan Stadium on Saturday, July 27 at 7 p.m. CST.

Lasso joined FC Cincinnati in 2018, making 29 appearances, 28 as a starter, and scoring three goals in the club’s final season in the USL Championship. His outstanding performance earned the center back the USL Championship Defender of the Year award that led to the signing of his MLS contract on Dec. 3, 2018. In Cincinnati’s inaugural season in MLS, Lasso has started in four of the five matches he’s played for the Orange and Blue.

Originally from Raleigh, NC, Lasso’s professional career began in 2015 with the USL Championship club Charleston Battery. The defender made 62 appearances, including 45 starts, and scored 10 goals across all competitions for the Battery through 2017. In his final season in Charleston, Lasso was named to the USL Championship All-League First-Team after making 28 appearances, with 25 starts, and scoring a career-high six goals.

Lasso was first-team All-USL last year (as one might expect, given that he was the league’s defender of the year), though as we’ve seen, success in the second division doesn’t always translate to Major League Soccer.

Lasso was one of seven players signed from FCC’s USL squad (not counting the MLS signings they made last year), none of whom have made a massive impact (led by Emmanuel Ledesma’s 885 minutes, two goals, and three assists to date).

If he’s not rusty from a lack of game time this season, Lasso is a massive piece for the Boys in Gold. After signing Jimmy Ockford on loan from San Jose Earthquakes last week, that’s the second player on MLS books to join the squad’s backline in recent days. If and when Ken Tribbett returns to full health, it should mean plenty of talent in the back, relieving what has been a bit of difficulty on defense in comparison to last year’s production. (Though Tribbett’s return to full health could also see Ockford, whose loan is short-term, not season-long, return to San Jose).

Nashville SC hosts Indy Eleven this Saturday at Nissan Stadium. In two appearances against Indy for FCC last year, Lasso picked up a yellow card in each. The Eleven were shut out in one appearance, and scored two goals (one a penalty not conceded by Lasso) in the other.

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