Nashville SC has added Ghanaian striker Ropapa Mensah, its first player on loan, former MLS defender London Woodberry and fellow defender Jordan Dunstan. This brings the club’s roster to 21 out of a possible 30 players.
Nashville SC head coach Gary Smith said the latest additions demonstrate the team’s “mentality to building this club.” With the addition of Mensah, Nashville has acquired players four different ways – signings, trade, transfer and now on loan.
Mensah comes to Nashville SC on loan from Inter Allies in Ghana to fill an important gap on the current roster – scoring goals.
At 20-years-old, Mensah is the youngest player on the team by three years, but don’t be fooled by his age. He is a true offensive threat – scoring 7 goals in 19 appearances on loan for Harrisburg City Islanders, now Penn FC, last season. Mensah’s 47 shots, 23 shots on target and 207 minutes per goal rank inside the top 40 positions for offensive players in the USL last season.
If Mensah is given the chance to play a full 34 game season, he has the potential to become one of the league’s top goal scorers.
Woodberry’s signing continues Smith’s trend of acquiring players with MLS experience.
The 26-year-old defender worked his way up FC Dallas’ youth academy and broke into MLS in 2013. Woodberry played the last three seasons for New England Revolution making a total of 46 appearances, including a career high 25 appearances in 2016. He only cracked the lineup 3 times last season.
Nashville now has the option to start former MLS players in both outside back positions with Justin Davis at left back and Woodberry at right back. This could be a formidable duo locking down the outside of the pitch and pushing up the field to chip in on offense.
Dunstan adds more depth to Nashville’s defense.
The 24-year-old played the last three seasons in the National Premier Soccer League for Chattanooga FC. Dunstan played his college soccer in Dayton, Tenn. at Bryan College from 2014-17.
The Canadian made 13 appearances for Bryan College last season.