Nashville SC’s Leagues Cup roster announced

NASHVILLE, TN – Leagues Cup announced the rosters for all 47 teams on Wednesday. Major League Soccer and Liga MX will all pause their respective seasons for a month for the inaugural edition of the World Cup-style tournament, which is set to kick off on Friday, July 21.

Nashville’s roster included all of their active MLS squad, as well as four players from Huntsville City FC, their MLS NEXT Pro side.

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1Joe WillisGK
2Dan LovitzDF
3Lukas MacNaughtonDF
5Jack MaherDF
6Dax McCartyMF
7Fafà PicaultFW
8Randall LealFW
10Hany MukhtarMF
11Ethan ZubakFW
12Teal BunburyFW
13Joey SkinnerDF
14Jacob ShaffelburgFW
16Laurence WykeDF
18Shaq MooreDF
19Alex MuylMF
20Aníbal GodoyMF
22Josh BauerDF
23Taylor WashingtonDF
24Ján GregušMF
25Walker ZimmermanDF
26Luke HaakensonMF
27Brian AnungaMF
30Elliot PaniccoGK
35Isaiah JohnstonMF
43Joey DeZart IIMF
53Azaad LiadiFW
54Sean DavisMF
67Ben MartinoGK

Isaiah Johnston, Joey DeZart and Azaad Liadi have all been called up from Huntsville, as well as Joey Skinner, who is on a Generation adidas contract with Nashville after being selected 11th overall in the 2203 MLS SuperDraft.

Isaiah Johnston, 21, was the first-ever signing in Huntsville City FC history. The Canadian box-to-box midfielder has become a mainstay for Huntsville, appearing in 14 of their 17 matches (10 starts). With three goals and two assists, he’s tied for the fourth-most goal contributions on the team this season, and has worn the captain’s armband for the club in their last few matches.

Joey DeZart, 25, has played 12 matches for Huntsville (nine starts). A regular in training with Nashville SC, he made two appearances for the Coyotes in the U.S. Open Cup, coming off the bench in their wins against San Antonio FC and FC Dallas.

Azaad Liadi, 25, has been a breakout for Rocket City in their debut season, tied for the team lead with six goals, despite missing six matches due to injury. His 0.86 goals per 96 minutes is second among MLS NEXT Pro strikers with at least 650 minutes played, and he’s third on Hunstville in total shots and shots on target, despite playing just over half of his potential minutes.

Joey Skinner, 20, has appeared in 16 of Huntsville’s 17 matches (10 starts). The Clemson product has nailed down the starting left back role in recent weeks with Josh Drack’s shift to midfield, and has been dangerous in the final third, scoring a rocket of a goal against Orlando City.

Nashville SC kick off their Leagues Cup campaign on Sunday night, taking on fellow MLS outfit Colorado Rapids at GEODIS Park. The match kicks off at 7:30 pm CT and will be broadcast on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV.

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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