Nashville’s Major League Soccer team doesn’t have an official name and won’t begin play until 2020, but it signed its first player Tuesday morning — forward Daniel Rios.
Rios, 23, is coming off an impressive 2018 season in which he scored 20 goals in 31 appearances for United Soccer League Championship side North Carolina FC while on loan from Club Deportivo Guadalajara – known also as Chivas – of Mexico’s Liga MX.
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A Mexican native, Rios has gone on four separate loan stints since signing with Chivas in 2015, including twice to Coras (2016-17) and once to Zacatepec (2017) in the second and third tiers, respectively, of Mexican soccer leagues.
Rios has also represented Mexico at the U-18, U-20, and U-21 levels.
“Daniel is the first of many players we will be bringing to the MLS roster,” Nashville general manager Mike Jacobs said in a statement released by the club. “He has real potential and we looking forward to continuing his development over the next 12 months ahead of our entry into Major League Soccer. He is exactly the type of young, exciting talent we have in mind, scoring 20 goals with North Carolina FC and a successful career as a Mexican youth international.”
Rios, whose rights will go to Nashville at the start of 2019, will spend all of next year on loan with the USL Championship’s Nashville SC.