David Accam will be joining Nashville SC, but not anytime soon.
On Thursday, the MLS expansion club – which will begin play next season – made a deal with Columbus Crew SC to acquire the Ghanaian winger on Jan. 1, 2020. In exchange for the future services of Accam, the Crew will receive $350,000 in General Allocation Money and $100,000 in Targeted Allocation Money from Nashville.
Accam, 28, will finish the 2019 MLS season with the Crew.
“The 2019 season is a one-year runway for us to prepare for the 2020 MLS season, and our staff has been really thoughtful about how our roster will be constructed,” Nashville SC general manager Mike Jacobs said in a statement. “The scouting and recruitment of prospects has been really diligent, and our staff have been very strategic about identifying players that we believe will enable us to pursue excellence.”
In his statement, Jacobs added that his staff isn’t searching for just “good players” but players that are “good for Nashville,” putting an emphasis on how players might fit with the club, its philosophy and in the city.
This is the first season in Columbus for Accam, who has played in MLS since joining the Chicago Fire in 2015 as a Designated Player. The speedy 5-foot-9 winger has also played for clubs in England and Sweden. He also has 11 caps for the Ghana national team, last featuring for them in 2017.
Accam is in his sixth MLS season and has racked up 38 goals and 17 assists in 110 appearances in the league for the Crew, Fire and Philadelphia Union. The Union traded Accam to the Crew just earlier this month, on May 8. In nine games so far this season, he has tallied four goals and two assists.
“David is a very exciting player,” Nashville SC head coach Gary Smith said in a statement. “He has exceptionally good pace, he’s shown throughout his career that he’s a good creator, able to get himself on the score sheet and be a difference-maker in front of goal. He is an incredibly exciting player for the club to have landed.”
Nashville SC are currently competing in the USL Championship and are fourth in the Eastern Conference with a 5-3-2 record and a plus-nine goal differential. The club will play its games at Nissan Stadium – home of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans – when it begins MLS play next season.