NASHVILLE, TN – Nashville SC announced Tuesday that defender Tom Judge has been loaned to Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the USL Championship for the 2021 season. The left-back was selected in the 2021 SuperDraft and signed to an MLS contract in June. From the club’s press release:
Nashville Soccer Club announced today it has loaned defender Tom Judge to Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC of the USL Championship through the 2021 season. Nashville SC has the ability to terminate the loan agreement at any point throughout the loan.
Judge, who signed his Major League Soccer contract with Nashville SC on June 17, was originally selected from James Madison University with the club’s first pick in the Second Round of the 2021 SuperDraft, presented by adidas. Following the draft, the defender returned to JMU for his senior season where he was named MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist as he led the Dukes to a 5W-1L-1D record, a goal differential of plus seven and five shutouts.
The move is in line with Nashville’s draft pick philosophy; get them meaningful minutes in USL in their first season before letting them fight for a place in year two. Judge is the sixth player to be loaned out from Nashville this season, and the third currently playing in the USL Championship. He’ll be available for selection for their home match against Loudoun United on July 17.
The MLS secondary transfer window opens tomorrow, July 7.