Nashville SC’s Alistair Johnston called up for Canada qualifiers

Nashville SC’s Alistair Johnston has been officially called up to the Canadian men’s national team for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Bermuda and Cayman Islands.

Nashville SC head coach Gary Smith had alluded to the call-up, noting that Johnston will be able to avoid a quarantine period, as both matches will be played in Florida, where Nashville is currently based for preseason. The defender will return to his club team for their final Florida preseason contest against Inter Miami on April 3.

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Johnston, 22, broke onto the scene in his rookie year last season. Drafted 11th overall in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft, he took over the starting right-back job in mid August, making 21 appearances for the best expansion defense in MLS history. With a largely unchanged backline heading into 2021, Johnston will be a major piece of Nashville’s plans moving forward.

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. Mastodon

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