Huntsville City FC sign Sean Suber, Joey DeZart and Shaun Joash

NASHVILLE, TN – Huntsville City FC have announced another trio of signings ahead of their MLS NEXT Pro debut on Sunday. Nashville’s reserve side announced contracts for Sean Suber, Joey DeZart and Shaun Joash to bolster their squad.

“We are excited to welcome all three young men to our growing project in Huntsville,” said Liam Doyle, Director of Soccer Operations with Huntsville, in a statement. “Each player possesses unique individual qualities that will enable Huntsville City FC to be competitive in year one and beyond. Joey DeZart possesses MLS experience which will be vital in leading a young group. That combined with his technical quality and physical dominance make Joey an important part of the group. Joash and Suber are young, hungry professionals with an exciting future and players who can heavily contribute to our team in year one.”  

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Sean Suber, 21, was selected with the 35th overall pick of the 2023 MLS SuperDraft. The center back played 37 matches for UNC Charlotte, and was a standout performer with Nashville in preseason, appearing in four matches and earning the praise of Gary Smith.

Joey DeZart has plenty of MLS experience. The 24-year-old midfielder played 29 games with Orlando City, as well as seven matches for their MLS NEXT Pro side in 2022. DeZart also played with Nashville in preseason as a trialist.

Shaun Joash is the second forward signed to the roster. After a standout season with Grand Canyon University at the collegiate level, he was named Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 2022, scoring 11 goals and assisting seven.

Per the MLS NEXT Pro website, Huntsville City’s roster stands as follows:

Shirt No.PlayerPositionPrevious ClubAge
1John BernerGMemphis 901 FC32
3Cyrus RadDForward Madison23
5Sean SuberDUNC Charlotte21
6Joey DeZart IIMOrlando City24
7Nicky LawMTampa Bay Rowdies34
8Isaiah “Izzy” JohnstonMYork United21
10Oliver WrightMRio Grande Valley FC24
11Azaad LiadiFLoudoun United24
12Danny GriffinMPittsburgh Riverhounds24
17Jonathan BolanosMRichmond Kickers24
18Kemy AmicheMCampbell University22
19Joshua DrackDLA Galaxy II23
23Chrisnovic N’SaDYork United24
35Perrin BarnesDButler University22
Shaun JoashFGrand Canyon University22
20Adem SipićFNashville SC (Academy)16
30Noah KasinGNashville SC (Academy)16
33Justin CoxGNashville SC (Academy)16
34Alejandro CarrilloDNashville SC (Academy)17
38Eli WachsFNashville SC (Academy)17

Several players from Nashville SC are expected to play significant minutes with Huntsville, including center back Ahmed Longmire and left back Joey Skinner, selected in the 2022 and 2023 SuperDrafts, as well as forward Tyler Freeman, signed from Loudoun United in the offseason.

Huntsville City FC play their inaugural MLS NEXT Pro match on Sunday, March 26 against Crown Legacy FC. The match kicks off at 2:00 pm CT and is available to watch on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV.

Author: Ben Wrightis the Director of Soccer Content and a Senior MLS Contributor for Broadway Sports covering Nashville SC and the US National Team. Previously Ben was the editor and a founder of Speedway Soccer, where he has covered Nashville SC and their time in USL before journeying to Major League Soccer since 2018. Raised in Louisville, KY Ben grew up playing before a knee injury ended his competitive career. When he is not talking soccer he is probably producing music, drinking coffee or hanging out with his wife and kids. Mastodon

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