From Club release:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 19, 2021) – Nashville Soccer Cub announced today it has acquired the second and third round picks of the 2021 SuperDraft, presented by adidas, and the first round pick in the 2022 edition of the draft from the Philadelphia Union in exchange for $50,000 in General Allocation Money, as well as additional GAM based on performance benchmarks of those players selected.
Transaction: Nashville SC acquires the second and third picks of the 2021 SuperDraft, presented by adidas, and the first pick in the 2022 edition of the draft from the Philadelphia Union in exchange for $50,000 in General Allocation Money in 2021, as well as additional GAM based on performance benchmarks of those players selected.Nashville SC release
Nashville SC’s front office will be the first to tell you that Draft picks are of limited value (in contrast with the Philadelphias of the world, which will tell you they have zero value), but giving up $50k in General Allocation Money is basically a pittance for three SuperDraft picks, one of which could be a pretty high selection in next year’s event.
Given the Union’s personnel exodus this offseason (Homegrowns Brenden Aaronson and Mark McKenzie to RB Salzburg of Austria and KRC Genk of Belgium), there’s a chance Philly takes a step back next year, and a top-15ish pick is available – the Union’s first-rounder this year (traded to Orlando City) is No. 19 overall.
For this year, Nashville has more use for late-round picks than some other teams, since there’s no NSC Academy at age groups that are producing pros just yet. Nashville can use those draft picks to select players to essentially take on preseason trials, and if they end up in USL, so be it. If they turn out to be gems, that’s great. They’re eligible for supplemental contracts, and by-and-large domestic players – the sort of guy that’s very valuable in a roster build to provide depth.
Given the low dollar value associated with a trio of picks, just one of which may ultimately be worth well more than $50k in GAM (the No. 6 overall pick in this year’s SuperDraft fetched $125k in GAM over the course of the offseason), it’s a bargain worth making. It may ultimately turn out to produce very little, though. So you can imagine that Nashville has a glut of GAM after spending much of the offseason acquiring it.