Nashville SC announce 2023 roster decisions

NASHVILLE, TN – 32 days after Nashville SC’s 2022 season ended, the club finally announced their roster decisions heading into the offseason. They were the last of all 29 MLS clubs to announce their decisions.

Options Exercised

  • Josh Bauer
  • Luke Haakenson
  • Ahmed Longmire
  • Jack Maher
  • Elliot Panicco
  • Fafà Picault
  • Jacob Shaffelburg
  • Taylor Washington
  • Joe Willis  

Options Declined

  • Robert Castellanos
  • Irakoze Donasiyano
  • Dax McCarty*
  • Bryan Meredith
  • Will Meyer

Nashville had an option year for McCarty, but instead renegotiated a new contract for the captain. McCarty, who made his 439th regular season appearance in 2022, will return to Music City for the 2023 season, his 19th in MLS.

Eric Miller enters free agency after three seasons in Nashville. The defender was signed in the 2019 re-entry draft, and went on to make 46 appearances for the ‘Yotes in his three seasons.

Jacob Shaffelburg’s purchase option was triggered. The 22-year-old had been on loan from Toronto FC, and was acquired permanently for up to $300,000 in General Allocation Money.

Nashville SC current roster

Goalkeepers: Joe Willis, Elliot Panicco
Defenders: Josh Bauer, Ahmed Longmire, Dan Lovitz, Jack Maher, Shaq Moore, Dave Romney, Taylor Washington, Walker Zimmerman
Midfielders: Handwalla Bwana, Tah Brian Anunga, Sean Davis, Aníbal Godoy, Luke Haakenson, Randall Leal, Dax McCarty, Hany Mukhtar, Alex Muyl, Fafà Picault, Jacob Shaffelburg
Forwards: Teal Bunbury, Aké Loba, Rodrigo Piñeiro, CJ Sapong, Ethan Zubak

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.

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