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.
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.