Updated: Dec 11, 2019
NASHVILLE, TN - Nashville SC has signed Costa Rican international Randall Leal as the seventh player for their Major League Soccer team that begins play in 2020.
First reported by Teletica and confirmed by Jeff Carlisle, the move is the latest in a series of high-profile moves for the debut club. Nashville SC has yet to confirm the reports, but we expect an official announcement soon.
At 22 years old, Leal fits the model of young, dynamic players GM Mike Jacobs and CEO Ian Ayre have talked about. A versatile attacker who is comfortable on the wings and in the number 10 role, Leal has already had plenty of experience at a high level, despite his young age. Currently with Costa Rican powerhouse Deportivo Saprissa, Leal spent three seasons with KV Mechelen in the Belgian First Division, and has made 11 appearances for Costa Rica's national team.
Per Carlisle's report, Leal's salary puts him in the range to be designated as a Young Designated Player, but also gives the club the ability to buy him down with Targeted Allocation Money. Teletica reports that Leal has signed a four year contract with Nashville, and will spend the rest of the year with Saprissa before joining Nashville in January.
Photo courtesy Deportivo Saprissa