By Davey Shepherd (@daveytshep), host
A bit of news for your commute home from NSC this afternoon. The club has loaned two super draft picks to USL side Charlotte Independence for the 2020 USL season. As noted in the press release from the club, NSC maintains a recall clause on Maher for any point throughout the season. The full statement from the team can be seen below.
NASHVILLE (Mar. 6, 2020) – Nashville Soccer Cub announced today it has loaned 2020 Major League Soccer SuperDraft selections Jack Maher and Luke Haakenson to Charlotte Independence for the 2020 USL Championship season. Nashville SC has a right to recall Maher’s loan at any point throughout the year.
“When it comes to player development for our top young players, getting them meaningful matches is critical for them to continue to grow,” said Nashville SC General Manager Mike Jacobs. “We saw it with the players who made the jump from the USL Championship a year ago to MLS this season, and we can’t thank Mike Jeffries and the Charlotte organization enough for giving Jack and Luke that same opportunity.”
Maher was selected as Nashville SC’s first MLS SuperDraft pick in club history after being picked with the No. 2 overall pick. The 20-year old recorded 46 starts in his two seasons at Indiana including multiple awards. In his freshman season, Maher was one of three players to start all 24 matches for IU and led an Indiana defense to 15 shutouts, allowing 13 goals the best in the NCAA.
Nashville selected Haakenson from Creighton University with the No. 80 overall pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft. The midfielder played four seasons for the Blue Jays, appearing in 74 matches in his collegiate career. He finished his senior season with five goals, the second most on the Creighton squad. His three game-winning goals were the most of anyone on the roster in 2019.