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Report: Nashville SC to make Costa Rica midfielder TAM or Young DP signing

Randall Leal - Costa Rica - vs. Haiti during Gold Cup 2019

UPDATE (2:02 PM) - The deal was officially announced by Nashville SC at 1:45 PM. 

"Randall is an exciting young attacking midfielder with bags of potential,” Nashville SC general manager Mike Jacobs said in a statement. “He has the ability to influence matches in a variety of ways and has demonstrated that caliber on both the domestic and international stage.”

Leal is the seventh player signed ahead of the club's inaugural season. He joins recently announced Designated Player Hany Mukhtar, as well as Panamanian international Aníbal Godoy, Ghanaian international David Accam, U.S. youth international Derrick Jones, English forward Cameron Lancaster and Mexican forward Daniel Ríos.


Nashville SC are set to make another significant addition to their MLS roster ahead of their 2020 expansion debut, according to ESPN FC. 

The outlet reported on Thursday that Costa Rican winger Randall Leal will be Nashville's next signing, in a deal large enough to qualify for either Young Designated Player status or be paid down via Targeted Allocation Money.

Leal, 22, is an attack-minded player who played in three of Costa Rica's matches at the Gold Cup earlier this summer and has made 11 total appearances for Los Ticos to date. He's typically deployed on the left flank. 

He spent a few seasons in Europe with Belgian side KV Mechelen before returning home to join Deportivo Saprissa a year ago, and has already bagged two goals and two assists in his first seven games of their new domestic season, which kicked off in July.