Nashville SC and defender Liam Doyle ended his employment by the club today by mutual decision. Doyle started 47 NSC games over the past season and a half.
From club release:
NASHVILLE (Aug. 2, 2019) – Nashville Soccer Club announced today it has mutually parted ways with defender Liam Doyle. In his two seasons with the club, Doyle appeared in 48 matches, one as a substitute.
Nashville SC (10W-5D-5L, 35 pts.) returns to action this weekend when they visit Swope Park Rangers on Saturday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. CST on ESPN+.
Transaction: Nashville SC mutually parts ways with defender Liam Doyle.
The 27-year old played for Swope Park Rangers when current Nashville SC General Manager Mike Jacobs was the assistant technical director for Sporting Kansas City and the main man in charge of personnel for the USL affiliate.
Doyle’s playing time has diminished with Nashville adding centerback talent, including MLS loanees Jimmy Ockford and Forrest Lasso, as well as getting Ken Tribbett back from a two-month injury. However, the mutual termination of his contract likely means that it was the player’s decision as much as it was the club’s.
Doyle’s wife, Brittany, is expecting the couple’s first child in a few months, and it’s entirely possible that a guy who doesn’t see MLS in his immediate future is ready to move on from the “pro athlete” phase of his life. A guy with a Big Ten degree (even if it’s from Ohio State) has career options long beyond pro sports. If we see Doyle surface with another club in the near future… maybe that “mutual” was more a suggestion than a precisely accurate description.
Nashville SC’s roster of centerbacks now includes Bradley Bourgeois and Justin Davis, along with positionally flexible Darnell King (who likely only plays inside when there’s an extreme need, given the current composition of the roster).