Nashville SC Trades For Dax McCarty and Dave Romney
On the first Monday after their time in USL ended, Nashville SC is making MLS moves. As first reported by Paul Tenorio, the club has traded for Dax McCarty from Chicago Fire and Dave Romney from LA Galaxy. Both these players likely will fit into the starting 11 on the opening match of the season. Add the expected USL signings coming within the next week and expansion draft picks on November 19 and the club’s MLS roster is coming together quickly. A couple more defenders need to be signed as well as a number 9 and Nashville SC will have a very intriguing starting 11 for its first match in MLS.
Is a 32 year defensive midfielder with tons of MLS experience. McCarty spent most of his career with New York Red Bulls, but has been with Chicago Fire since 2017. He has 13 caps for the United States Men’s National Team and was captain for Chicago. He likely will make an ideal captain for Nashville’s first season in MLS. Dependable and experienced he should partner with Godoy in what is shaping up to be a favored 4-2-3-1 formation for the club. McCarty’s wages were $700,000 last season so he likely will be a TAM player. In what most a terming a steal, Nashville paid $50,000 in GAM, $50,000 in TAM and a 2nd round draft pick for McCarty.
A 6’2” centerback for LA Galaxy last season, Nashville paid $225,000 in allocation money in the trade. Why so much more than Dax? Mostly age at 26 he is entering his prime years. Also salary as Romney made a very cap friendly $120,000 last year. This trade makes it unlikely Nashville SC will keep more than one centerback from the USL squad. That will be Lasso.