Rodrigo Piñeiro to leave Nashville SC on loan

Rodrigo Piñeiro is set to leave Nashville SC after just one season in Music City. The 22-year-old will join Unión Española in the Chilean top flight on a season long loan, Unión announced on Saturday.

The Uruguayan winger was signed as Nashville’s first U22 Initiative player ahead of the 2021 season, but made just two appearances in gold. Piñeiro struggled to adapt in his first season abroad, and was public about his struggles with mental health and his desire to leave Nashville for a club where he would play regular minutes.

It’s a disappointing return for Nashville, who spent a reported $1.7 million on Piñeiro last January in hopes that he could provide more attacking output from the wings. It remains to be seen if a purchase option is part of the loan, and getting back on the field for a season could eventually set him up for a return to Nashville.

This story will be updated once the move becomes official.

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.

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