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.”
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.||Player||Position||Previous Club||Age|
|1||John Berner||G||Memphis 901 FC||32|
|3||Cyrus Rad||D||Forward Madison||23|
|5||Sean Suber||D||UNC Charlotte||21|
|6||Joey DeZart II||M||Orlando City||24|
|7||Nicky Law||M||Tampa Bay Rowdies||34|
|8||Isaiah “Izzy” Johnston||M||York United||21|
|10||Oliver Wright||M||Rio Grande Valley FC||24|
|11||Azaad Liadi||F||Loudoun United||24|
|12||Danny Griffin||M||Pittsburgh Riverhounds||24|
|17||Jonathan Bolanos||M||Richmond Kickers||24|
|18||Kemy Amiche||M||Campbell University||22|
|19||Joshua Drack||D||LA Galaxy II||23|
|23||Chrisnovic N’Sa||D||York United||24|
|35||Perrin Barnes||D||Butler University||22|
|Shaun Joash||F||Grand Canyon University||22|
|20||Adem Sipić||F||Nashville SC (Academy)||16|
|30||Noah Kasin||G||Nashville SC (Academy)||16|
|33||Justin Cox||G||Nashville SC (Academy)||16|
|34||Alejandro Carrillo||D||Nashville SC (Academy)||17|
|38||Eli Wachs||F||Nashville 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.