World Cup veteran midfielder to remain with San Jose Earthquakes through 2019 MLS season
NASHVILLE (Aug. 7, 2019) – Nashville Soccer Club announced today it has added Panamanian midfielder Aníbal Godoy to its Major League Soccer roster from the San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for $650,000 in General Allocation Money. The 29-year old World Cup veteran will remain with the Earthquakes through the 2019 MLS season.
“Anibal is a talented player, and we are excited to add him to the club,” said Nashville SC General Manager Mike Jacobs. “His ability to influence matches on both sides of the ball have made him an impact player in MLS and for his country. As we continue to build our MLS roster, we are committed to establishing a blueprint for the present and the future of our club. Godoy offers veteran leadership and international experience that we will need in our pursuit of excellence on and off the field.”
In his four years in San Jose, Godoy has become the engine of the Earthquakes, playing a total of 8,481 minutes and reaching 99 appearances in MLS regular season play. A player who’s equally equipped in possession as he is defensively, he averages a 90% passing accuracy and more than 12 duels competed per game, ranking third and first, respectively, amongst all central midfielders in the league with as many appearances.
“I would like to thank the Earthquakes organization for helping me secure my future beyond 2019 and Nashville SC for believing in me as a player,” said Godoy. “I’m excited for my future with Nashville SC and helping the club make an immediate impact in MLS. Right now, I am very focused on achieving success with my teammates in San Jose this season.”
Internationally, Godoy has become a leader for Panama’s National Team with 98 caps. The Panamanian was instrumental in leading the squad that qualified and participated in the 2018 FIFA World Cup for the first time in nation’s history, as well as in reaching the Semifinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2011, 2013 and 2015.
Godoy becomes the fifth MLS signing for the expansion side joining Ghanaian international David Accam, U.S. Men’s Youth international Derrick Jones, English forward Cameron Lancaster and Mexican youth international forward Daniel Ríos.
Follow Godoy’s journey with Nashville SC by becoming an MLS Season Ticket Member in the club’s inaugural season here or by calling a club representative at 615-750-8800.
Transaction: Nashville SC adds Aníbal Godoy from San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for $650,000 in General Allocation Money on Aug. 7, 2019. Godoy will remain with the Earthquakes through the 2019 MLS season.
Birthdate: Feb. 10, 1990
Hometown: Panama City, Panama
Last club: San Jose Earthquakes
How Acquired: Signed by Nashville SC from San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for $650,000 in General Allocation Money on Aug. 7, 2019.
About Nashville SC Nashville SC is Nashville’s professional soccer club and is in the midst of its second season in the USL Championship. The club will move to Major League Soccer in 2020. For more information, visit NashvilleSC.com and follow the club at @NashvilleSC on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Spotify.