Jacobs extended through 2023 after three successful seasons with the club
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 7, 2021) – Nashville Soccer Club announced today the contract extension of General Manager Mike Jacobs through 2023. Jacobs joined the club in 2018 and has since built three consecutive playoffs rosters for Nashville SC in Major League Soccer and the USL Championship.
Jacobs used an innovative analytics approach to construct an inaugural roster and nucleus that offered both, immediate and future success. He balanced leadership with hard working domestic and international young talent in his approach, and built a foundation that saw MLS veterans such us Dax McCarty, Aníbal Godoy and Daniel Lovitz mixed with newcomers such as 2020 SuperDraft Alistair Johnston, Designated Players Hany Mukhtar and Randall Leal and USL Championship players Daniel Ríos and Tah Brian Anunga.
Prior to the start of the 2020 season, Jacobs bolstered the club’s backline by acquiring United States Men’s National Team center back Walker Zimmerman in a record-breaking trade. The addition paid off immediately with Zimmerman scoring the first goal in Nashville’s MLS history in front of a crowd of 59,069 at Nissan Stadium on Feb. 29. The rising National Team leader went onto being named the MLS Defender of the Year and MLS Best XI in 2020.
Throughout the season, Jacobs continued to address key areas with the addition of third Designated Player Jhonder Cádiz and Homegrown midfielders Alex Muyl and Handwalla Bwana. The transactions immediately translated onto the field with Nashville becoming just the second expansion club in MLS history to win a playoff match in a historic inaugural MLS season that set new records and standards for an expansion team.
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.
As Jacobs enter the next three years of his contract, the General Manager will look to sustain the success reached in the club’s inaugural MLS season, while expanding on the foundation set thus far as an organization.