NASHVILLE SC: PLAYERS TO KNOW

It’s part three of my USL (and soccer in general) for Dummies series. We’ve looked at the MLS info for Nashville SC. Last week, we looked at the USL as a league. Today we take a look at a couple players to know for Nashville SC!

CAMERON LANCASTER

Jersey: #9

Position: Forward

Age: 26

From: England

Lancaster made his English Premier League debut in 2012 for Tottenham Hotspur. He was set to have a big impact on Hotspur in 2013. Unfortunately, injuries derailed those projected high hopes. A groin injury then a torn ACL put Lancaster on the shelf. Harry Kane, currently regarded as one of the best players in the world, stepped in and took Lancaster’s spot.

Cameron’s journey took him across the pond to America and the USL. He signed with Louisville City FC in 2015. Lancaster ended the 2017 season with a bang, scoring the game-winning goal in the USL Championship game. He carried his momentum into 2018, scoring a league record 25 USL goals. This earned him the league’s Golden Boot.

Lancaster signed an MLS contract with Nashville SC in December of 2018. He is currently playing for the USL version of Nashville SC until the MLS version begins play next season. Nashville SC has played two USL-C games this season. The team has two goals in its first two contests. One of those goals was scored by Lancaster.

DANIEL RIOS

Jersey: #14

Position: Forward

Age: 24

From: Mexico

Rios made history in November of 2018 when he became the first player signed to Nashville SC MLS. He plays for the USL squad this season, coming over from North Carolina FC. Rios is known for scoring goals at a high percentage. Last season, Rios’ conversion rate finished at nearly 33%. That was the best conversion rate of any player that scored over 15 goals for the season. I mentioned earlier that Cameron Lancaster has one of the two Nashville SC goals this season. The other goal scorer? Daniel Rios.

Rios’ 20 goals in 2018 tied him for second place in the USL, just behind now-teammate Cameron Lancaster’s 25. His accomplishments earned him a spot on the 2018 All USL First Team. Prior to joining USL, Rios was part of Liga MX club Chivas. He spent most of his Chivas tenure on loan to second and third tier Mexican teams. Daniel also made appearances for the Mexican National Team Under-18, 20, and 21 levels.

These two players indicate that the MLS version of Nashville SC will look to be a fast paced high scoring team. The top scorer and second top scorer in the entire USL a year ago, Lancaster and Rios provide offensive talent that fans can be excited about. In my experience, soccer haters complain about the lack of scoring. Rios and Lancaster will do their best to show new Nashville soccer fans that fireworks can happen on any play.

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Sources for Cameron Lancaster

USL Championship preview: 11 players to watch in 2019

The Maneland

USL Championship

Nashville SC

Photo via Twitter @CameronPL

Sources for Daniel Rios

Nashville SC

USL Championship

The Tennessean

Photo via The Tennessean