NASHVILLE (Jan. 10, 2018) – Nashville SC of the United Soccer League (USL) announced the club’s first-ever transfer as it purchased central midfielder and captain Michael Reed from San Antonio FC, pending USL and federation approval. The transfer fee and terms of the deal were not disclosed per club policy.
"We are looking to put the best possible team on the field by acquiring players through all means given to us," said Nashville SC head coach Gary Smith. "Reed was a player we had identified as someone who would make a significant impact to our team's performance. A transfer was the best option in bringing him to Nashville SC.
Transfers are players who are acquired by another club while still under contract with their former club. The contract is transferred from club to club, and a transfer fee is paid by the acquiring club on top of taking on the players contract.
The box-to-box midfielder spent the last two seasons with San Antonio FC of the USL and was named captain of the club in 2017. As captain, Reed led San Antonio to a second-place finish in the Western Conference and a quarterfinal trip in the USL Cup Playoffs. Reed notched five goals and four assists in two seasons with SAFC.
In 2017, Reed contributed in all phases of the game. He appeared in 27 games with 24 starts. He completed the most forward passes by a midfielder (332), driving the offense. On the defensive side, he led midfielders in interceptions (41) and clearances (36), disrupting opposing offenses in the middle of the field.
Reed, 30, joins a roster that includes a number of former teammates. The Albuquerque, N.M. native started his professional career with Minnesota United where he played with Nashville SC defender Justin Davis. Reed then moved to Atlanta Silverbacks in 2015 of the North American Soccer League (NASL) where he played for head coach Gary Smith and alongside fellow midfielder Josh Hughes, defender Kosuke Kimura, and keeper C.J. Cochran.