Nashville SC

Robert Castellanos loaned to Tampa Bay Rowdies

Tim Sullivan/Club and Country

From Club release:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 11, 2022) – Nashville Soccer Cub announced today it has loaned defender Robert Castellanos to the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the USL Championship for the 2022 season. Nashville SC has the ability to terminate the loan agreement at any point throughout the season.

Castellanos signed with Nashville SC on Feb. 17, 2021. In his Major League Soccer debut and sole appearance with Nashville SC, Castellanos scored his first career goal in a 1-1 draw against Toronto FC on Aug. 1, 2021.

Nashville SC will be back in action at 7:30 p.m. CT on Saturday against FC Dallas in a match that can be followed on MyTV30 and the starting with the pregame show at 7 p.m. CT. Fans can also listen to the call via the free iHeartRADIO app by searching Nashville SC for English and on all three El Jefe stations 96.7FM, 105.3FM, and 810AM for Spanish.  

Transaction: Nashville SC loans Robert Castellanos to USL Championship side Tampa Bay Rowdies

Nashville SC release

It makes sense, and no negatives here: Nashville wants him to get time, but in a system that seems set on four-man backline principles, he’s at best behind Walker Zimmerman, Dave Romney, and Jack Maher on the depth chart. Get hm some reps, have right of recall whenever necessary, and hope he’s ready to go in a year.

Head coach Gary Smith and GM Mike Jacobs have both been very clear that they’re high on his potential… and while it may not be ideal to have that potential unavailable to you in training or off the bench, it’s certainly preferred to having that potential stuck on the bench for the time being.

It’s also a place where he’s competing at a championship level within the league, which means both 1) he’s getting higher-caliber reps, and 2) if Nashville recalls him from the loan at any point, they aren’t getting a guy whose games have been meaningless for several weeks. (To uh, not say anything negative about last year’s loan destinations).

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