From Club release:
NASHVILLE (Feb. 25, 2020) – Nashville Soccer Club announced today the club signed four of its 2020 Major League Soccer SuperDraft selections in Nashville native Tanner Dieterich, midfielder Luke Haakenson, midfielder Alistair Johnston and goalkeeper Elliot Panicco. No. 2 overall pick Jack Maher is included on the roster as part of the Generation adidas program.
On Jan. 9, Nashville SC selected Jack Maher with the club’s first draft selection in franchise history. The club then picked midfielder Alistair Johnston with the No. 11 overall selection after a trade with Colorado Rapids that sent $75,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) to the Rapids.
The club then selected goalkeeper Elliot Panicco with the No. 13 overall pick after a trade with New England Revolution in exchange for $50,000 in GAM and an additional $50,000 in GAM, if Panicco meets certain performance-based metrics during the 2020 season. Nashville SC finished the day by selecting local product Tanner Dieterich with the 28th overall pick in the draft.
Nashville SC concluded its first MLS SuperDraft in club history by selecting midfielder Luke Haakenson from Creighton University in the Fourth Round.
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That’s four of the five draftees who were not pre-signed to MLS (Maher was selected with his contract already squared away). The lone draftee to not be signed is Dieterich’s fellow Nashville native, forward Shak Adams, who left Nashville’s preseason camp in Florida early.
By my count that gives Nashville a full roster of 30 players, though I’d imagine a couple of the rookies get loaned out to USL clubs if the Boys in Gold need roster space for a signing down the road.
Alistair Johnston photo courtesy Wake Forest Athletics.