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Nashville SC acquire Venezuelan international forward Jhonder Cadiz on loan as Designated Player

Jhonder Cadiz - Ligue 1 - battling for ball


Nashville SC have acquired forward Jhonder Cadiz from SL Benfica on loan with an option to buy, the club announced Wednesday. Cadiz will be added to the roster as a Designated Player.

Cadiz, 25, is a Venezuelan international that spent 2019-20 on loan with Ligue 1's Dijon, where he had two goals and two assists. Cadiz previously scored a career-high nine times during the 2018-19 league campaign with Vitoria Setubal, another Portuguese first division side. 

“Jhonder has been an outstanding striker at the highest of levels in both European and South American competitions, and we think his game is tailor-made for Major League Soccer,” Nashville GM Mike Jacobs said in a statement. “The combination of his athleticism and clinical ability around the box made him heavily sought after. We feel fortunate to be able to add him to our club.”

The forward is a physical presence at 6-foot-3, but is also technical with the ball and can run in behind. Cadiz joins Hany Mukhtar and Randall Leal as Nashville's three DPs. 

“I’m very excited to join Nashville SC and to be a part of this inaugural year for the club,” said Cadiz. “I’m incredibly motivated to showcase my game in Nashville and Major League Soccer and to help the club reach every goal in 2020 and beyond.”

Nashville have been one of the strongest defensive teams in MLS but are still finding their rhythm offensively. Cadiz's signing should help accelerate that progression.

The club are next in action against Atlanta United on Saturday (8:30 pm ET | TV & streaming info).