Nashville SC announced a trade for what should be its first designated player in David Accam. Just barely over a week since trading for Derrick Jones of the Philadelphia Union, the club grabs another player that was with that team just a week ago. The trade was technically with Columbus Crew, but it was actually a three way deal given the Crew had just acquired Accam last week from the Philadelphia Union. Nashville traded $350,000 in General Allocation Money and $100,000 in Targeted Allocation Money to the Crew for the player. The deal will be made official with Major League Soccer on January 1, 2020, and Accam will continue to play for the Crew in 2019. Accam was aware that the Crew were essentially renting him for six months when he was traded last week from Philadelphia and knew Nashville was his final destination.
Accam, 28, is a Ghanaian international and has scored 38 career goals in MLS since joining the league in 2015. Most of those came for the Chicago Fire where he had a career high 14 goals in 2017. He scored at least 9 goals in all three seasons with the Fire. Last year he went to Philadelphia as a designated player. A speedy winger, he should fit well into Gary Smith’s system. Accam’s base salary last year was $1,250,000, more than double the maximum budget charge allowed in MLS making him a designated player. Given it is doubtful Nashville SC will have 3 DP’s their first year in MLS, Accam is most likely the club’s first DP. In theory they could buy his contract down with allocation money but that doesn’t seem likely.
This is a major signing and Accam is a lock starter for Nashville SC their first year in MLS. There is a slight risk he could suffer a major injury while playing for Columbus the rest of the year, but it is clearly one Mike Jacobs was willing to take.