Nashville SC continued preparations for its first Major League Soccer season Wednesday, striking a deal with the San Jose Earthquakes for Anibal Godoy, a Panamanian midfielder.
Godoy will join Nashville at the beginning of the 2020 season. He will remain with San Jose for the rest of this season. In exchange for Godoy, Nashville is sending $650,000 in general allocation money to San Jose.
“Anibal is a talented player, and we are excited to add him to the club,” Nashville SC general manager Mike Jacobs said in a statement. “His ability to influence matches on both sides of the ball have made him an impact player in MLS and for his country. As we continue to build our MLS roster, we are committed to establishing a blueprint for the present and the future of our club. Godoy offers veteran leadership and international experience that we will need in our pursuit of excellence on and off the field.”
Godoy, 29, had started 13 games for San Jose this season before going down with an abdomen injury that required surgery. He had a procedure done on June 29 and was expected to miss about six weeks. He has two assists for the Earthquakes this season and had been instrumental in the club’s turnaround under new coach Matias Almeyda.
Godoy has a 90% career passing accuracy and averages 12 duel wins per-game, according to the statement release by Nashville SC.
The Panamanian came to MLS in 2015 and has played in 99 games with San Jose, tallying five goals and seven assists during that stretch. He previously played for clubs in Panama, Argentina and Hungary.
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On the international stage, Godoy is a fixture with Panama’s national team, accumulating 99 caps for the squad. He’s scored one goal and assisted on four others during his career with Panama, and he helped the nation qualify for its first World Cup in 2018. Godoy featured in three matches at the tournament in Russia.
“I would like to thank the Earthquakes organization for helping me secure my future beyond 2019 and Nashville SC for believing in me as a player,” Godoy said in a statement. “I’m excited for my future with Nashville SC and helping the club make an immediate impact in MLS. Right now, I am very focused on achieving success with my teammates in San Jose this season.”
Godoy is the fifth MLS signing Nashville SC has made ahead of its inaugural season in the top-tier league. He joins David Accam, Derrick Jones, Cameron Lancaster and Mexican forward Daniel Rios, who is currently tied atop the USL Championship’s Golden Boot race.
Nashville SC will play its first MLS season at Nissan Stadium, home of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans.