NASHVILLE (Jan. 23, 2018) – Nashville SC of the United Soccer League (USL) announced its final additions to the initial 2018 inaugural roster and one fan favorite from the 2017 Nashville SC developmental season will join the new club. Martim Galvao, the leading scorer for Nashville SC in 2017 at the developmental level, along with young midfielders Charlie Dennis and Ramone Howell, round out the 2018 roster.
“All three of these players are very similar in terms of where they are at in their career,” said Nashville SC head coach Gary Smith. “They are all three full of potential, but are all very different in terms of what each can provide. They are all exciting players, and we are grateful to have them.”
Due to visa complications, defender Oumar Ballo will not join Nashville SC for 2018. The club wishes him the best of luck in his future soccer career.
Galvao, a 22-year-old attacking midfielder from Portugal, was the most dynamic player last season for the Nashville SC developmental club. In 2017, Galvao potted seven goals to go along with four assists to lead Nashville SC in scoring.
At the college level, he was just as threatening, scoring 22 goals and adding 45 assists at NCAA Div. II Pfeiffer University in North Carolina. Named the USL’s 13th best developmental prospect for 2017, Galvao was a two-time NCAA Div. II All-American at Pfeiffer, including a first-team honor in 2015.
Coach Smith's Thoughts: "Martim joins us after an exciting year with our U-23 group, where he showed everyone in Nashville his wonderful individual ability. He has tremendous potential, but the work to be a top-flight professional starts right now."
Dennis, a 22-year-old native of Brighton, England, comes to Nashville SC after a successful career at Palm Beach Atlantic University where he scored 15 goals and added nine assists in two years.
A captain his senior year, Dennis was named a United Soccer Coaches All-American and Div. II Conference Commissioners Association South Region Player of the Year and All-American after he led the Sailfish to a 9-0-1 conference record and top-10 national ranking.
Coach Smith's Thoughts: "Charlie compares very well to Brek Shea, a naturally left-footed player with very good pace and power. He has played a number of positions in his young career, but it's as an attacking wide player that i see his best attributes coming to the forefront."
Howell, also a 22-year-old midfielder, hails from Portmore, Jamaica, but just finished his college career at Valparaiso in Indiana. Scoring seven goals and seven assists in his collegiate career, Howell has already found his scoring touch in Music City. As a junior, Howell scored the match-winner for Valpo over Belmont University at E.S. Rose Park in Nashville.
Before his college career, Howell helped lead Jamaica College, a prep school, to the 2013 Manning Cup and Oliver Shield titles. Internationally, Howell has seen time for Jamaica’s U-17 and U-23 squads.
Coach Smith's Thoughts: "Ramone is a very talented and versatile central midfielder. He looks to have all the qualities to be a top flight number 8, with great energy, excellent awareness and a steely determination."