Another draft pick from the 2018 MLS SuperDraft has left the Colorado Rapids. Alan Winn, the Rapids’ first pick in this year’s draft, has joined one of the newest teams in American soccer, Nashville SC. The move was announced on Friday by Nashville via their website and Twitter.
Winn had joined the Rapids in training camp and seemed to be fitting in just swimmingly with the other fellas.
These guys are starting off the preseason with a win. pic.twitter.com/S6YjVl8At1— Colorado Rapids (@ColoradoRapids) January 23, 2018
Winn had featured in one preseason match for the Rapids on February 3. When asked for comment, the Rapids stated that Winn had been allowed to leave training camp in order to pursue other options. The option to play for Nashville was apparently to the liking of the young striker.
Winn moves to a USL side in its first year of competition as a football club. In December, MLS announced that Nashville had been granted an MLS expansion franchise. It has yet to be decided whether the team’s first year in MLS will be 2019 or 2020, and while no additional information has been released as to the team’s name or colors, there is a strong sense that the USL team will serve as some kind of foundation for the MLS team. Winn likely moves to Nashville with the hope that the USL team will matriculate to Major League Soccer in a year or two, and Winn will be promoted along with them.
Winn is the third Rapids draftee of the 2018 SuperDraft to leave the club without being signed to contract. Fellow second-round choice Frandtzy Pierrot and third-round selection Brian Iloski decided to try a move to Europe. The team still has two players from the draft in tryouts (Niki Jackson and Thomas Olsen). Olsen has not featured in a Rapids pre-season match, and this week the club announced they had struck a deal with Sporting Kansas City for goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra, making an already difficult path to an MLS roster spot even more challenging for the young GK from the University of San Diego.
Jackson scored a pair of goals in the Rapids scrimmage Friday against Sporting AZ United, a fourth division UPSL team. In a 120-minute tune-up, Colorado beat the underdogs a sound 9 to 0. Perhaps Jackson will be the lone player from this year’s draft to stick with the big club, which would be somewhat remarkable considering the incredibly deep spot in the draft (73rd) from which he was selected.