How USL to MLS expansion sides built their rosters: The lessons

Rounding out the “already-signed MLS players”  photo album to close the series. We’ve seen how the seven teams moving up from USL (or other second-division leagues) in recent seasons built their rosters, so what are the lessons we can take away from their processes and results? Be judicious in bringing USL players along This applies to both players from the final roster at the Division-2 … Continue reading How USL to MLS expansion sides built their rosters: The lessons

How USL to MLS expansion sides built their rosters – part two

Hey, that guy’s going to be one of Nashville’s MLS players! If you missed part one of this post yesterday, make sure you check it out. Herein, we take a look at how teams moving up from USL (or in a couple instances, other lower division leagues) built their inaugural rosters. 2015 Orlando City SC Previous league: USL Pro (USSF third division) 2009 Outcome: (12-14-8), … Continue reading How USL to MLS expansion sides built their rosters – part two

How USL to MLS expansion sides built their rosters

Hey, that’s a couple MLS guys! MLS is a league that’s growing at a rapid pace: since 2009, the league has added 11 teams, with three more (including our own Nashville SC) slated to join over the next two years. The franchises that have joined MLS have built their inaugural rosters through a variety of mechanisms – basically any way you can do it, they … Continue reading How USL to MLS expansion sides built their rosters

Nashville SC’s MLS Roster basics

Derrick Jones is one of four players Nashville’s MLS organization has signed. Tim Sullivan/For Club and Country With a few extra days of rest of the team, keeping up with the grind of their games has been a little less strenuous this week. So let’s take the time to get into the basics of MLS roster-building. Obviously, it will be of major interest to us … Continue reading Nashville SC’s MLS Roster basics

Quick reaction: Derrick Jones signed by Nashville SC

Nashville SC has acquired a player for its MLS days, and like strikers Cameron Lancaster and Daniel Ríos, he will be loaned to the USL side for the 2019 season (or the remainder of it, at least). Unlike the strike duo, he was acquired from an MLS team using one of MLS’s accounting mechanisms: $175,000 of General Allocation Money will be sent to the Union in … Continue reading Quick reaction: Derrick Jones signed by Nashville SC

Nashville SC announces the acquisition of MLS midfielder Derrick Jones

From Club release: NASHVILLE (May 9, 2019) – Nashville Soccer Club has acquired Major League Soccer midfielder Derrick Jones from the Philadelphia Union for $175,000 in General Allocation Money. The deal will be made official with Major League Soccer on January 1, 2020, and Jones will be loaned to Nashville SC for the remainder of the 2019 USL Championship season. As a part of the transaction, Nashville … Continue reading Nashville SC announces the acquisition of MLS midfielder Derrick Jones

Pitch Points talks about developing youths

Hey, it’s been a minute since we’ve had one of these. Welcome to Pitch Points, wherein I round up some links of interest to Nashville SC, US Soccer, and general soccer fans. If you’re not already following the site on socialchannels, please feel free to do so (and you can drop me any suggested links there). Academies. This article($) in The Athletic is a pretty interesting look … Continue reading Pitch Points talks about developing youths