Nashville made their first move of the half-day transfer window early Sunday morning, and it was a heavy hitter. From the club’s release:
“Nashville Soccer Club announced today it has traded a 2021 international spot to Atlanta United FC for $175k in General Allocation Money. The trade occurred during the MLS Half-Day Trade Window in which, following a 45-day roster freeze, Major League Soccer clubs had the ability to trade and make transactions.“
This leaves Nashville with a total of six international spots heading into 2021 (each club starts the season with eight, and Nashville had already sent a 2021 spot to New York as part of their trade for Alex Muyl). Nashville had four players occupying international spots last season; Hany Mukhtar, Randall Leal, Miguel Nazarit and Jhonder Cádiz. While nothing official has been announced, it’s quite feasible that one or more is close to acquiring their green card, which would qualify them as a domestic player.
The $175k in GAM Nashville received from Atlanta will give them added flexibility for their roster budget, as well as for potential moves within MLS.
Nashville have until noon central time to make additional moves. After the half day window closes, they’ll have to wait until after the expansion draft on December 15 to make more signings from within MLS.