Shortly after the conclusion of its final campaign in the USL Championship, Nashville SC continued to add to its Major League Soccer roster ahead of its first season as an expansion club.
Nashville SC has acquired midfielder Dax McCarty and defender Dave Romney for its 2020 roster, according to a report from Paul Tenorio at The Athletic. Nashville sent $100,000 in allocation money and a second-round draft pick to the Chicago Fire in exchange for McCarty, and $225,000 in allocation money to the LA Galaxy for Romney, per Tenorio.
A spokesperson for Nashville SC told Pro Soccer USA the club “will not comment on speculations.”
If the report is accurate, Nashville has brought aboard an MLS veteran and a serviceable defender.
McCarty, 32, has played in the league since 2006, when he was drafted sixth overall by FC Dallas. McCarty has played in an MLS Cup final and was twice selected to All-Star squads. He has played for FC Dallas, D.C. United, the New York Red Bulls. He has been with Chicago since 2017. McCarty has racked up 20 goals and 58 assists in his MLS career and has started in 22 playoff matches.
The 5-foot-9 midfielder is a product of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has 13 caps with the U.S. national team. At the youth level, he played for the U.S. at the 2007 U-20 World Cup and with the U-23s at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Romney, 26, has spent his entire career with the LA Galaxy organization since turning pro after playing at the University of San Francisco. He started with LA Galaxy II, the club’s USL affiliate, before earning a contract with the senior team. Since 2015, he has appeared in 84 games — starting 69 — and tallied three goals and six assists. Romney mostly plays centerback, but has also featured at left back.
Nashville SC concluded its second and final season in the USL Championship Saturday, losing at home in the playoffs to Indy Eleven.
Coached by Englishman Gary Smith, the club has already signed several players to its MLS roster, including forwards Daniel Rios and Cameron Lancaster and midfielders David Accam, Anibal Godoy, Randall Leal, Derrick Jones and Hany Mukhtar.
Nashville will continue building its roster when the MLS Expansion Draft takes place Nov. 19.