Nashville SC

Nashville SC buys out Miguel Nazarit

Tim Sullivan/Club and Country

Nashville SC will no longer have Miguel Nazarit under contract. According to Club release, his contract has been bought out:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 18, 2022) – Nashville Soccer Club announced today it has waived and exercised its one offseason buyout of a guaranteed contract on Colombian defender Miguel Nazarit. 

Nashville SC wishes Nazarit all the best and sends sincere thanks for his time with the club.  

Nashville SC release

Each MLS club is able to use the offseason buyout once per offseason, paying off the remainder of a player’s contract to get him off the books – and relieve his cap hit. With the buyout, his salary will no longer hit the Nashville SC budget in 2022. He carried a $894,375 budget hit (a very small portion of which was offset by whatever Independiente paid him to play ini Colombia) last season and $544,375 in 2020.

Nazarit spent the 2021 season on loan with Independiente Santa Fe in his native Colombia, and will be joining Deportivo Calí this year, per reports in Colombia:

Initially signed on a TAM contract, Nazarit never made an appearance for Nashville SC (one of the few misses by General Manager Mike Jacobs through his first two years building the MLS team).

With his departure, Nashville SC has 24 players under contract, pending the outcome of negotiations with goalkeeper Bryan Meredith, who was the team’s backup keeper last year, but is still in talks for a new deal to carry into 2022. Winger Rodrigo Piñeiro is expected to spend the season on loan with Unión Española in Chile, as well (and his return to NSC in future seasons has yet to be determined, though he’s under contract through 2023 with a club option for 2024).

That leaves room for five additions to the senior roster, one of whom will almost certainly be 2022 SuperDraft pick Ahmed Longmire, with second-round pick Will Meyers a possibility, as well.

2 comments

  1. Can it be assumed this has been the only signing blunder by the FO? I can’t figure out a positive that came out of this.

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    1. I wouldn’t say it’s the only one – taking risks (that didn’t pay off) on oft-injured guys like David Accam or Abu Danladi also spring to mind – but certainly it is one. And there have probably been fewer blunders than for the majority of other teams.

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