From Club release:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 31, 2020) – Nashville Soccer Cub announced today it has traded a 2021 international spot to FC Cincinnati for $175,000 in General Allocation Money.
Transaction: Nashville SC trades 2021 international spot to FC Cincinnati for $175,000 in General Allocation MoneyNashville SC
This is the third international slot NSC has dealt this offseason (the others went to Atlanta and Vancouver), and the club has received $175k in exchange for each. From a starting point of eight slots, that brings them down to four – they’d previously traded one as part of the package for midfielder Alex Muyl, though the 2021 spot they dealt to New York Red Bulls for him will return to Nashville during the Summer transfer window.
The going rate for international slots have been around $50,000 in General Allocation Money, though there’s a slight premium for those traded in the league’s offseason, and there’s no telling exactly how MLS rule changes (namely, that Targeted Allocation Money can no longer be traded) will impact the price, either. The only other slot traded so far this offseason in a slot-for-GAM deal was Portland shipping one to New York City FC for $160k in GAM, so at the very least, Nashville seems to have gotten slightly more than the market can provide for its slots, and done it three times. Given that allocation money is the most important asset available to a team in its roster build (and Nashville has not been shy to splash its available TAM and GAM around in the past – though it had more than most teams during its expansion build), that’s a pretty good return!
Midfielders Randall Leal and Hany Mukhtar are expected to be close to receiving US Green Cards, which would mean they no longer require international slots. Defender Miguel Nazarit could also be close, while the fourth international, striker Jhonder Cádiz, just entered the country in September, and is likely early in the 10-plus-month process to receiving a green card. For the time being, Nashville SC is down to four international slots for its roster, with all of them filled.
However, General Manager Mike Jacobs has made no secret that international attacking signings are on the way – so the news of a green card or two is probably not too far off.