Updated: Jan 14
NASHVILLE, TN - Nashville SC selected two additional players in the final rounds of the 2020 MLS SuperDraft, adding forward Shak Adams and midfielder Luke Haakenson with their final two picks.
Forward Shak Adams, a native of Antioch, Tennessee, spent four seasons with Florida Gulf Coast University, where he played in 71 matches, scoring 23 and assisting 16.
Adams spent the 2017 season with Nashville SC's U23 side in the USL PDL (as did second round selection Tanner Dieterich). Adams played in 14 matches, scoring five and assisting four. His 22 shots lead the team, despite playing only 601 minutes.
Luke Haakenson was selected out of Creighton in the fourth round of the draft. The 5'10" midfielder made 74 appearances in four years, scoring 12 goals and adding 11 assists. Haakenson spent the 2018 summer season with Chicago FC United in 2018, scoring three and assisting three in nearly 866 minutes.
In recent years, clubs have increasingly chosen to pass on selecting players in the final two rounds of the draft, and 2020 was no exception.
Both Adams and Haakenson will likely enter preseason with Nashville without professional contracts and will have to earn a spot on the final roster. If they do make the cut, it's not unlikely that they'd be loaned out to a USL Championship side to develop.
As always, we will continue post any updates to Nashville SC's roster during preseason. Players report to training camp on Saturday, January 18.