Nashville SC finalized its initial roster with three additions and one subtraction on Tuesday. The club is bringing back PDL team fan favorite Martim Galvao and adding midfielders Charlie Dennis and Ramone Howell.
The young trio will have a lot to prove as they make their professional soccer debut for Nashville.
“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,” Nashville SC head coach Gary Smith said in a team press release.
This puts the final roster count at 23 players.
Oumar Ballo will not play for Nashville SC in 2018
The team also announced defender Oumar Ballo will not be joining Nashville SC in 2018 due to visa complications. Ballo hails from Mali and was one of the team’s first signings to be announced on Nov. 30, 2017. The 26-year-old made 20 appearances for the Swope Park Rangers helping the team reach the USL Cup finals last season.
How big of a loss is this for Nashville?
Smith praised Ballo’s physicality, athleticism and size when the team announced his signing, but with eight other defenders on the roster this is the one position where Nashville can handle the loss.
The 22-year-old attacking midfielder was the best player for Nashville SC’s development club last season. He scored seven goals and compiled four assists. Read more about Galvao in our in-depth feature.
Nashville fans may remember the 6-foot-2 midfielder. Dennis tallied 11 shots and two assists in three matches against the Boys in Gold for South Georgia Tormenta FC in the PDL last season. He finished the 2017 PDL season with three goals, three assists and 41 shots.
Dennis played college soccer for Palm Beach Atlantic University where the 22-year-old racked up 15 goals and nine assists over the last two seasons. The native of Brighton, England was named team captain his senior season and led the Sailfish to a 9-0-1 conference record and top-10 national ranking.
Dennis captured many personal accolades and was named a United Soccer Coaches All-American and Div. II Conference Commissioners Association South Region Player of the Year.
Howell is from Portmore, Jamaica and finished his college soccer career at Valparaiso in Indiana. The 22-year-old was listed by the MLS as an eligible player for selection in its 2018 SuperDraft. Howell scored seven goals and compiled seven assists in all college competitions.
Howell made nine appearances for the Des Moines Menace in the PDL scoring two goals and taking 10 shots last season. Howell has also represented Jamaica on the U-17 and U-23 national teams.