Last week Nashville SC made the third addition to their 2020 MLS roster and the first by trade. Thursday, May 9, 2019 the club announcing acquired midfielder Derrick Jones from the Philadelphia Union in exchange for $175,000 in General Allocation Money. The deal will be made official with Major League Soccer on January 1, 2020 and Jones will be loaned to Nashville for the remainder of the 2019 USL Championship season. As part of the trade, Nashville acquired Jones’ Homegrown Player rights making him the first Homegrown Player in the club’s history. Philadelphia will retain a portion of any future transfer revenue should Nashville transfer Jones outside of MLS.
Jones, 22 years old was born in Ghana and is a U.S. youth international. He made his MLS debut in Philadelphia’s 2017 season opener, and has since split time between the Union and their affiliated USL side Bethlehem Steel. He made 27 appearances for the Union (about half those were starts) and has yet to score a goal in MLS.
Nashville SC GM Mike Jacobs said, “This deal allows us to acquire a young, talented player early in our build up to MLS that gives our coaching staff an opportunity to get to know Derrick and his game before we take the field in MLS.”
Jones will likely play as either and 8 or a 6 for the Boys in Gold. Strong on the ball and more of a destroyer in the midfield as opposed to an attacking threat. This fits right in with Gary Smith’s style of play. After some thought we like this signing due to the upside that Jones carries. His career has been trending down the past year in the Philly as he’s seen less and less playing time. Part of this is due to off filed issues. For example, reports in 2017 he posted a Snapchat smoking out of hookah. While not ideal, many young players do silly things and a change of scenery could turn him into a more professional player. Again, his upside is really high.
This is the first news out of Nashville SC MLS side in quite awhile. We expect another signing, MLS ticket pricing or possibly development academy news to continue this summer.