NASHVILLE (Dec. 14, 2017) – Nashville SC of the United Soccer League (USL) announced the signings of Liam Doyle, Bradley Bourgeois, Tucker Hume and Ryan James to the club’s 2018 squad, pending USL and federation approval. All four players come to Nashville SC with previous experience in the USL and bring Nashville SC’s player count to 13 for next season.
“This is another versatile and valuable group of players for us at Nashville SC,” said Nashville SC head coach Gary Smith. “All of these guys are young and hungry to continue their professional soccer development.”
Doyle, 25, brings an established young defender to the club. Playing internationally from his home country of the Isle of Man, Doyle brings a variety of experience. In two years at Ohio State, he twice helped the Buckeyes to NCAA Tournament appearances compiling seven goals and 22 points. As a senior, Doyle was named the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Year.
In his professional career, he has built on his success helping Swope Park Rangers to the USL Cup Final in 2017. He will rejoin Swope Park teammates Oumar Ballo and Lebo Moloto in Nashville.
Coach Smith's Thoughts: "Liam's size gives you an idea of his qualities. At 6'4", 200 lbs, he is aggressive and dominant in the air. He offers a calmness on the ball with good distribution out of the backline. With his trademark left foot, he can be an unlikely source for starting attacks."
Bourgeois, a 23-year-old American, signed with Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer (MLS) in 2015 after four years as a defender at the University of Tulsa. Last season, he made his way back to Tulsa with USL’s Tulsa Roughnecks.
Bourgeois stuffed the stat sheet from his defensive position leading the club in clearances, interceptions and aerial duels won. He will join fellow defender Kosuke Kimura in going from Tulsa Roughnecks to Nashville SC.
Coach Smith's Thoughts: "Bradley is a very versatile defender. His competitive and pacy style of play means he is comfortable at outside or center back. He is a young, passionate player and we expect nothing less than 110 percent effort for every minute he is on the field."
An American, Hume, 24, adds a unique attacking piece to Nashville SC. Standing 6’5”, the North Carolina Tar Heel spent 2017 with Ottawa Fury of the USL. In two years at UNC, Hume scored 18 goals and 46 points, leading the club both years in scoring.
Last year in his debut professional season, Hume tied for third on Ottawa Fury in goals scored despite limited minutes and just 12 starts.
Coach Smith Thoughts: "At 6'5", Tucker excels in the air, as would be expected. An out-and-out target striker, he has a good first touch and an ability to link with others, but he's at his best attacking crosses, causing havoc in the penalty area."
James, 23, from Canada, has spent the last two seasons with Rochester Rhinos of the USL after being drafted in the MLS SuperDraft by Sporting Kansas City.
A four-year midfielder at Bowling Green St., James never missed a match in his collegiate career, playing in all 79. Professionally, he has continued to be an ironman on the field logging the most minutes and starts on the Rhinos last season.
Coach Smith's Thoughts: "Ryan has an athletic ability to play as an outside back or a wing back on either flank. He also possesses the technical skill and game intelligence to be just as effective in the midfield. In short, he can field six different positions on the field, all with the same genuine mentality. "