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Nashville SC Signs Hany Mukhtar as First Designated Player for Major League Soccer

24-year-old Germany youth international to join Nashville SC for 2020 Major League Soccer season

NASHVILLE (Aug. 27, 2019) – Nashville Soccer Club announced today it has signed Germany youth international Hany Mukhtar as the club’s first designated player in Major League Soccer, pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and P-1 Visa. Nashville SC acquired Mukhtar’s rights from the Seattle Sounders in exchange for $100,000 in General Allocation Money. The 24-year-old attacking midfielder will remain with Danish Superliga club Brøndby IF through January 2020.

“Our plan for putting our roster together is about finding the 11 players who perform the best together,” said Nashville SC General Manager Mike Jacobs. “Adding a creative playmaker like Hany [Mukhtar] is a huge coup. His ability to create and finish scoring chances offers our club a versatile attacking weapon who will fit naturally within the group we are putting together.”

“I’m really excited to be a part of Nashville SC and to help build something!” said Mukhtar. “I’m coming to MLS to win and I can’t wait to get started with my new teammates. All together we will achieve big things!”

A dynamic playmaking midfielder, Mukhtar’s versatility allows him to play centrally and wide. In his three years with Brøndby IF, the playmaker has scored 26 goals and assisted in 34 more, becoming a clinical piece in the club securing its participation in Europa League competition.

every season while also conquering the Danish Cup in 2018. He was also named the SuperLiga Player of the Year following the 2017/18 season.

Rising through the youth system of Bundesliga club Hertha BSC, Mukhtar made his top tier debut at age 18 against Bayern Munich in 2013. After Hertha he went on to play with Portuguese powerhouse Benfica, winning Liga NOS in 2015, and Red Bull Salzburg on loan where he continued adding accolades by conquering the league and Austrian Cup trophies just a year later.

With 20 goals in 48 caps for Germany’s Youth National Team, the insatiable playmaker was the key to Germany’s UEFA European Under-19 Championship in 2014 with his goal in the 39th minute of the match against Portugal. Mukhtar scored a total of five goals during that tournament and added four more to his personal record a year later during the 2015 Under-20 FIFA World Cup.

Signed as the first Designated Player in the history of Nashville SC, come January 2020, Mukhtar will join recently announced signing from Panama Aníbal Godoy, Ghanaian international David Accam, U.S. Men’s Youth international Derrick Jones, English forward Cameron Lancaster and Mexican youth international forward Daniel Ríos.

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Transaction: Nashville SC signs Hany Abubakr Mukhtar from Brøndby IF as Designated Player after acquiring the player’s rights from the Seattle Sounders in exchange for $100,000 in General Allocation Money. Mukhtar will remain with Brøndby IF through Jan. 2020.

HANY ABUBAKR MUKHTAR

Position: Midfielder

Height: 5-8

Weight: 156

Birthdate: Mar. 21, 1995

Age: 24

Hometown: Berlin, Germany

Nationality: Germany and Sudan

Last club: Brøndby IF

How Acquired: Signed by Nashville SC from Brøndby IF as first Designated Player on Aug. 27, 2019 after acquiring the player’s rights from the Seattle Sounders in exchange for $100,000 in General Allocation Money.

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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.

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