Clemson midfielder Tanner Diete
rich will become the first player to don Nashville SC gold as both a PDL player and one in Major League Soccer. NSC selected its former U-23 player in the second round of the MLS SuperDraft.
The 6-0, 170-pounder will also be the first Tennessean to play for the club. the Nashville native played one year of high school soccer at Father Ryan High School before moving to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. He was a member of Nashville SC’s initial team after leaving the NPSL to begin professional play, when the Boys in Gold fielded a U-23 side in the Premier Development League for a single year (2017) before launching their USL Championship campaigns of 2018 and 2019. He played in eight games during that Summer, notching one goal and one assist.
Dieterich played in 20 of Clemson’s 22 games as a senior, scoring three goals and leading the team with 10 assists. Along with No. 1 overall pick (Inter Miami CF) Robbie Robinson, Dieterich helped lead the Tigers to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament, where they fell to Stanford.
He is a hard-nosed central midfielder who will likely be deployed in a more defensive role as a professional than he was in the college game.
He was Nashville’s fourth – and likely final, unless General Manager Mike Jacobs intends to use Senior Roster spots on college draftees – pick in the 2020 SuperDraft. More to come on Dieterich.
Photo courtesy Clemson University Athletics