MLS SOCCER

Nashville SC selects Atlanta United player in Expansion Draft

Atlanta United Brandon Vazquez celebrates after scoring a goal against Houston Dynamo on July 17, 2019

Nashville SC, the new MLS franchise starting in 2020, selected an Atlanta United player in the 2019 Expansion Draft.

The soccer franchise from the Volunteer state selected forward Brandon Vazquez with the eighth pick of the Expansion Draft. 

But moments after the draft concluded, Nashville SC announced that the team was trading Vazquez to FC Cincinnati for $150 thousand in allocation money.

Atlanta United will receive $50 thousand in allocation money for having a player selected during the Expansion Draft.

This also means that Atlanta United cannot lose a player in next year’s expansion draft when Austin FC comes into the league. This can only happen if the league decides to keep the Expansion Draft heading into the next offseason. 

Vazquez was signed by Atlanta in 2016 and made 32 MLS appearances and had seven starts in the three years with the Five Stripes. 

In 2019, Vazquez played in 11 games, where he scored twice and had one assist. The forward from Chula Vista, California, was the team’s top scorer in the U.S. Open Cup with four goals.

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