Derrick Jones (right) photo by Tim Sullivan/For Club and Country
From Club release:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 21, 2021) – Nashville Soccer Club announced today it has traded midfielder Derrick Jones to Houston Dynamo FC in exchange for $250,000 in General Allocation Money.
Jones, 23, played 18 matches for Nashville in the club’s inaugural season in Major League Soccer, nine as a starter, and provided two assists.
Transaction: Nashville Soccer Club trades midfielder Derrick Jones to Houston Dynamo in exchange for $250,000 in General Allocation MoneyNashville SC
Jones is a talented and technical player that Gary Smith couldn’t really find the right use for, playing him at winger, striker, and attacking midfield – though his physical presence seemed to indicate that defensive midfield may have been his best fit.
NSC acquired him from Philadelphia Union during the 2019 season, and Jones competed with NSC’s final USL side before continuing with the Major League Soccer debut squad this year. The acquisition cost was $175,000 GAM, so NSC netted $75,000 in allocation money while also getting Jones on the pitch for a year and a half.
Jones was one of two Homegrown players under age 26 on the roster – and now Nashville SC has only winger Handwalla Bwana eligible to fill Slots 29 or 30 on the roster. Nashville will likely try to add another Homegrown player (and his rights) from around the league to fill that second slot. There’s also a possibility that the Boys in Gold don’t feel the need to fill the second of those HG-only slots with a 2021 season that has additional roster flexibility thanks to the NCAA Spring Season.
More to come when it’s not literally the instant the Draft started.