NASHVILLE, TN – Nashville SC announced Monday that they have extended forward Jhonder Cádiz’s loan through the 2021 season. The Venezuelan international striker was initially signed on loan from Portuguese side Benfica in September 2020 and was set to expire on June 30, 2021.
“Jhonder has produced positive signs on and off the field during his time with us, and we are encouraged to be able to extend his loan,” said Nashville SC General Manager Mike Jacobs.
Since he first played for Nashville in late October 2020, Cádiz has made 17 appearances for the Boys In Gold, scoring four goals and adding an assist in 888 minutes. Cádiz ranks 24th among MLS strikers with 0.43 goals per 96 minutes played, and has been an effective option for Nashville up front.
Cádiz was called up by Venezuela for the Copa América in early June, but spent most of the group stage in isolation amid Covid-19 concerns, and didn’t register a minute on the field as La Vinotinto were eliminated from the group stage.
Extending Cádiz’s loan for the rest of the season instead of purchasing him outright for the reported $3 million fee gives Nashville more flexibility in the market. The Boys in Gold are in the market for another Designated Player striker, with sources confirming to Broadway Sports that a signing is imminent. They’ve been linked with Aké Loba of Monterery and Michael Estrada of Toluca in recent weeks.
Nashville SC will take on Philadelphia Union this Saturday night at Nissan Stadium. With his Copa América duties out of the way, and assuming he clears MLS’s Covid protocols in time, Jhonder Cádiz could be available again for selection.