The Postcard: Midseason review

It’s been a hot minute since we did a mailbag here at Broadway Sports Media. With Nashville SC just over halfway through the 2023 season, it seemed like as good a time as any to fire one up. Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. I promise my answers will underwhelm.


Hey Joseph! Nashville have kept it tight this transfer window. No names have been circulating at all, which is wild given that I fully expect them to sign at least one forward this window, and likely early in the window.

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Myself and Chris Ivey broke down some potential candidates. We’re definitely not reporting any interest in these players, but I think it’s a good look at the profile of forward Nashville tend to target. Of these players, Tasos Douvikas or Tobias Lauritsen would be home runs, but both have interest from top 5 European leagues.

It’s definitely possible. Nashville play Cincinnati on July 15. The transfer window opens on July 5. I’d be surprised if they haven’t announced a signing by that point. But then you get into visas and moving, potentially with a family, and adapting to a new team and the potential need to get fit. It’s really hard to say without knowing who they’ll sign, but it’s certainly possible.

I think the switch to a diamond midfield and the fact that both Fafà Picault and Jacob Shaffelburg have been excellent make a goal scoring winger less of a priority for Nashville. It would certainly be a nice signing, but I think a high-end box-to-box no. 8 is still a much bigger need.

100% yes. It’s the simplest route to a trophy for any MLS team, and Nashville had been all-in on Open Cup in the past. I get that they were on a run in the league, and that their reserves had done a job in the prior three Open Cup games, but man… You can’t look at that loss to a really, really bad Miami side and think of it as anything other than a huge missed opportunity. If Nashville bomb out of the MLS Cup Playoffs early this season, it will look even worse.

Unfortunately, I think we’re seeing MLS clubs value Open Cup less and less each year. I thought Nashville would be immune to that, but apparently not.

Man, it’s going to be rough. The lack of quality attacking options on the bench against Montréal on Wednesday was kinda bleak, and it will get even worse with Jacob Shaffelburg on international duty. The good news is Randall Leal is back. The transfer window also opens soon.

The best news is that it’s not specific to Nashville. Everyone in MLS is going to be without some of their best players during the Gold Cup. I certainly have thoughts about MLS’s choice to play through international windows, but I don’t think Nashville will be at a unique disadvantage.

I’d be a bit surprised to see a short-term loan from Huntsville for MLS play. Mostly because there have already been a few times when it would have made sense, but Nashville opted not to. I certainly would not be surprised to see Nashville lean on Huntsville more in the Leagues Cup later in July.

Slim pickings, my man. Stay tuned here as we get close to the transfer window and turn on tweet alerts for Tom Bogert.

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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