Designated player Jhonder Cádiz has arrived in Nashville at long last. The striker was signed by the expansion club on September 9, but delays with his paperwork and visa meant that Cádiz could not travel to Nashville immediately after his signing.
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“Given the current climate and circumstances, he has to serve a quarantine period, as have a lot of guys that have obviously joined the league,” Nashville SC head coach Gary Smith said after their match on Saturday. “We hope that once that quarantine period is done, we can have him as part of the group, and it will be a much-needed shot in the arm, I believe, for everyone.”
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Cádiz will have to quarantine before he’s able to train with Nashville, and hasn’t played a match since Dijon’s 2-1 win over Toulouse back in March.
“We’ll make sure that he’s in the right place,” Smith said on September 10. “We’ll get him in the 18 or 20 as quickly as we possibly can. But I want to make sure of course he’s in the right place. In terms of how that will affect the group, I genuinely hope that he hits the ground running, he mixes and creates a good relationship immediately with the players that we’ve got in the group.”
Nashville SC are currently short of options at the forward position. Dom Badji, David Accam and Abu Danladi all missed the match against Houston with injuries, and Daniel Ríos hobbled off with an apparent groin injury. Whenever Cádiz is able to get on the field, he’ll be a much-needed boost for Nashville.