NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 20, 2022) – Nashville Soccer Club announced today the contract extension of General Manager Mike Jacobs through 2026. Jacobs originally joined Nashville SC in 2018 and has constructed rosters with his recruitment staff that have made the playoffs in each season he’s been at the helm at both the MLS and USL Championship level.
In this calendar year alone, Jacobs and his department have bolstered the Nashville SC roster by signing highly touted midfielder Sean Davis via free agency and extending the contracts of MLS Best XI players Hany Mukhtar and Walker Zimmerman, keeping the two MLS All-Stars in Nashville through 2025.
Zimmerman was acquired by Nashville SC prior to the 2020 season in a blockbuster deal that has paid dividends for Nashville as Zimmerman has won MLS Defender of the Year and MLS Best XI in both seasons with Nashville and scored the first goal in club history on Feb. 29, 2020.
The first Designated Player signed by the club has proven to be among the best playmakers in MLS to date in Hany Mukhtar. Signed in 2019, the German finished second in the MVP voting in 2021, has accounted for more than half of Nashville’s goals in club history and is currently second in MLS in goals scored this season with 12.
This transfer window has been active for Nashville with the signing of U.S. Men’s National Team Defender Shaq Moore to an already historic defense. With the addition of Moore, the Nashville SC backline has a combined 59 caps for the USMNT in Moore, Zimmerman and Dan Lovitz.
During his time as General Manager, Jacobs and the Nashville SC staff built an inaugural roster by using an innovative analytics approach and an eye for chemistry that resulted in immediate and future success for the club. The roster was constructed with wealth of MLS leadership combined with international young talent that included Aníbal Godoy, Dax McCarty and Dan Lovitz, as well as Costa Rican star Randall Leal.
Nashville SC’s rosters since its inception reached the MLS Eastern Conference Semifinals in both seasons as an MLS club while setting a new record for goals against average for an expansion side (0.96 GAA).
Jacobs originally joined Nashville SC after serving as Sporting Kansas City’s assistant technical director from 2015 to 2017, where they won the 2015 and 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and reached the MLS playoffs in each season.