Jalil Anibaba retires, joins Nashville SC as club ambassador

NASHVILLE, TN – Defender Jalil Anibaba announced his retirement from professional soccer after a 12 year career in Major League Soccer. The versatile defender was a member of Nashville SC’s inaugural roster, playing 24 matches in his two seasons with the club, as well as spells with Chicago Fire, Seattle Sounders, Sporting Kansas City, Houston Dynamo, New England Revolution, and most recently Columbus Crew.

Simultaneously with his retirement, Nashville SC announced that Anibaba will join as their first-ever club ambassador. As part of his role, Anibaba will take part in Nashville’s community outreach, something which he has been passionate about throughout his career, including during his time in Nashville. Anibaba is a co-founder of Black Players for Change, where he serves on the board.

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In addition to his work in the community, Anibaba will work as the color commentator for Nashville’s ratio broadcast (the details of which have yet to be announced), as well as serving in a creative content role on the club’s social channels and the new 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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