Nashville doesn’t escape the 2020 Expansion Draft unscathed. Austin FC has selected goalkeeper Brady Scott. He did not see MLS action this season, loaned out to Sacramento Republic where he made two appearances, giving up four goals and making two saves.
Nashville initially acquired him mid-Summer as a Discovery Signing from Germany’s FC Köln, where he’d been a regular with the second team, but had trouble breaking in with the senior side. The US Youth International also started multiple times for his country at the 2019 U-20 World Cup:
The 6-2 California native started two group-stage games in last Summer’s U-20 World Cup for the Red, White and Blue, as well as the knockout stage victory over France (Real Salt Lake’s David Ochoa started both the third group-stage game and the quarterfinal loss to Ecuador). Allowing four total goals, he made nine saves in the tournament for a save percentage of 69.2%.Aug. 14
For losing a player to Austin FC, Nashville will receive $50,000 in General Allocation money. To contextualize, past player-for-GAM swaps in that range (per the incredible Tutul Rahman spreadsheet) have included:
- Tyrone Mears (2017, Seattle → Atlanta)
- Anthony Blondell (2017, Dallas → Vancouver)
- Waylon Francis (2017, Columbus → Seattle)
- Oniel Fisher (2018, Seattle → DC)
- Nick Hasler (2018, Toronto → Chicago)
- Waylon Francis (2018, Seattle → Columbus)
- Eric Miller (2019, Minnesota → NYC)
So, you may recognize at least one name there (Eric Miller was on Nashville’s 2020 roster, and is currently in negotiations to re-join for the 2021 season). Losing a guy who never played – and was considered the No. 3 keeper on the depth chart, behind fellow MLS newcomer Elliot Panicco – and earning allocation money out of the exchange is hardly a bad deal. It also means Nashville SC will be protected in the next edition of the MLS Expansion Draft, with Charlotte FC scheduled to enter for the 2022 season.
It all works out so well for Nashville, you almost have to think this was the plan all along. Really makes U think.
Nashville will need to acquire a third goalkeeper before the season, but there are plenty of reasonable options available, including in postseason roster mechanisms.