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Nashville SC announces Brady Scott signing

Following last week’s report from Tom Bogert, Nashville SC has made the news official: US Youth International goalkeeper Brady Scott is the club’s latest signing:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 17, 2020) –Nashville Soccer Club announced today that the club has signed United States Youth International Brady Scott after spending three years with German side FC Köln. Scott will be available for selection when Nashville SC visits Atlanta United FC on Saturday, Aug. 22 pending receipt of his ITC.

“Brady is an outstanding young goalkeeper whose been a standout as a U.S. Youth International,” Nashville SC General Manager Mike Jacobs said. “Coupled with his practical experience abroad the past couple of years, we are excited to see him take the next step in his development in MLS here in Nashville.”

Scott, 21, signed a three-year deal with German club FC Köln in July 2017 and has since made 29 appearances in net for FC Köln II while recording five shutouts. In addition, The American keeper made three appearances for FC Köln’s U-19 squad, earning shutouts in two of the three matches.

At the youth international level, Scott was the starting keeper for the U-20 team that won the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying in 2018 while taking home the Golden Glove as the best goalkeeper at the Concacaf U-20 Championship.

Scott’s performance led the United States to its second consecutive confederation title while allowing only two goals in six matches at the tournament. During that stretch Scott recorded three shutouts, two of which came in the qualifying stage against Costa Rica and Honduras. The third shutout came in the Final against Mexico to clinch the title which earned him a spot on the tournament’s Best XI Team.

Nashville SC will take on Atlanta United FC on Saturday, Aug. 22 with kickoff slated for 6 p.m. CT at Mercedes Benz Stadium as part of the league’s continuation of regular season play plan.

Along with Atlanta United FC, Nashville SC will face Southeastern regional foes Inter Miami CF and Orlando City SC as part of a six-match schedule through Sept. 12. The remainder of the schedule will be announced by early September.

Scott was not on the MLS Allocation list, which means Nashville SC had to submit discovery rights on the Northern California native. I broke down his stats when Bogert’s initial report came out:

In Germany, he’s almost exclusively played with FC Köln II (the rest of his on-field time came with the U-19 squad), participating in the Regionalliga West in the fourth tier of the German soccer pyramid. With Köln II, he allowed 60 goals in 29 appearances (2.1 per contest) for what appears to be a pretty bad reserve squad – 65 goals allowed in the 27 games he didn’t play (2.4 per game) indicates they just leak goals all around.

He has been plenty successful with US Youth teams (including the Concacaf Golden Glove award mentioned in the Nashville SC release), and given that goalkeepers both ascend to starting roles and hold onto them later than their peers in outfield positions, he’s still a wet-behind-the-ears pup.

Scott is not a huge keeper, with about a 6-2 stature – not that I’m particularly worried about it, as a member of the Nick Rimando fan club. He’s primarily known as an athletic shot-stopper, an d obviously has had his fair share of success performing in that role for club and country (see what I did there?).

This does raise the question of what happens with NSC’s keeper position as things stand today. Scott becomes the fourth keeper on the roster. With Joe Willis the locked-in starter for now, there’s a reasonable argument that Scott, despite his youth, becomes the second-best for the squad. Elliot Panicco has made the bench in the past two contests in Dallas, while Adrian Zendejas was the backup for the team’s pre-pandemic games. Does one of them go out on loan? Does Scott go out on loan in the short-term with a Jack Maher-like right-of-recall for Nashville? It seems unlikely that all four remain a part of Nashville’s active roster for the remainder of the season.

With no US Open Cup in 2020, backup minutes may be a bit thin (though mid-week games for the next month, at least, could see the type of fixture congestion that means greater-than-average rotation at keeper). Seeing who earns time on the bench – and the field – as the second keeper, and who goes out on loan (or is even traded/sold overseas) will be very enlightening as to the future of the position for Nashville.

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