Nashville SC

Nashville SC executes Draft-day trade with Vancouver Whitecaps

From Club release:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 21, 2021) – Nashville Soccer Cub announced today it has traded a 2021 international spot and the club’s Second Round selection (46th overall) in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft, presented by adidas, to Vancouver Whitecaps FC for $175,000 in General Allocation Money and the Whitecaps’ natural Second Round selection (36th overall). In addition, Nashville SC will send General Allocation Money to Vancouver based on performance benchmarks of the player selected.

With the trade, Nashville SC now owns the 20th overall pick in the First Round, the 9th pick (36th overall) in the Second Round, and the 19th (74th overall), 20th (75th overall) and 32nd (86th overall) selections in the Third Round.

Nashville SC release

Obviously NSC has dealt international slots for $175k in GAM straight-up on several previous occasions this offseason, so the swap of second-round picks is a little added bonus that Mike Jacobs didn’t have to give anything up. (See why he’s been gobbling up GAM this offseason here).

That puts Nashville SC at three international slots available until the Summer Window (at which point the one they traded to NYRB for Alex Muyl will return), with four players – Jhonder Cádiz, Randall Leal, Hany Mukhtar, and Miguel Nazarit – occupying them. Nazarit’s move to his native Colombia (where he’s already competing with Santa Fe, though the terms of his departure, including whether it’s a transfer or just a loan, as expected) should become official soon, while green cards are expected by the start of the season for Leal and Mukhtar.

By moving up (slightly) in the SuperDraft this afternoon, NSC can get a slightly-better prospect… but the expectations are low for players picked outside the top 20 even in a typical year, and in a season where the majority of draftees will play a spring NCAA season before turning pro, the expectations for the No. 36 and No. 46 picks are similarly low.

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