The time has come: Nashville SC’s postseason roster decisions are in. From Club release:
Nashville has exercised the contract options on goalkeeper Elliot Panicco, defenders Jalil Anibaba and Alistair Johnston, midfielders Brian Anunga, Handwalla Bwana, Matt LaGrassa, Luke Haakenson and Taylor Washington, and forwards Dominique Badji, Abu Danladi and Daniel Ríos.
Defenders Brayan Beckeles, Tanner Dieterich and Ken Tribbett, midfielder Alan Winn and already announced forward Cameron Lancaster will all be out of contract at the end of the year. Eric Miller is currently out of contract, however Nashville SC is currently in negotiations with the defender on a new contract.
Nashville SC has 15 players contractually guaranteed for the 2021 season: goalkeeper Brady Scott, defenders Dan Lovitz, Miguel Nazarit, Walker Zimmerman and Jack Maher, midfielders Aníbal Godoy, Randall Leal, Dax McCarty, Hany Mukhtar, Alex Muyl and Derrick Jones, and forwards David Accam and Jhonder Cádiz.
Additionally, Nashville SC has extended the contracts of goalkeeper Joe Willis and defender Dave Romney. Willis and Romney join Walker Zimmerman with contract extensions, as Nashville SC locks in the best expansion defense in MLS history.Nashville SC
So breaking them into categories…
Continuing on multi-year contract (*with extension): W/F David Accam, F Jhonder Cádiz, M Aníbal Godoy, M Derrick Jones, W/M Randall Leal, D Dan Lovitz, D Jack Maher, M Dax McCarty, M/F Hany Mukhtar, M/W Alex Muyl, D Miguel Nazarit, D Dave Romney*, G Brady Scott, G Joe Willis*, D Walker Zimmerman*
Continuing with contract option exercised: D Jalil Anibaba, M Tah Brian Anunga, F Dominique Badji, W/F Handwalla Bwana, F/W Abu Danladi, M/W Luke Haakenson, D Alistair Johnston, M Matt LaGrassa, G Elliot Panicco, F Daniel Ríos, D/M Taylor Washington.
Out of contract (negotiating): D Eric Miller
Out of contract (not continuing with NSC): D Brayan Beckeles, M Tanner Dieterich, F Cameron Lancaster, D Ken Tribbett, W/F Alan Winn
There are few surprises here, aside from some maybe previously-unknown multi-year contract situations (and since those are typically not known one way or the other, they can only be so surprising). The next event to watch will be the half-day trade window, which takes place Dec. 13.
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