Dylan Nealis is on the move, Inter Miami trading the player just a week out from the start of the MLS regular season.
A source tells FanSided’s ‘MLS Multiplex’ that Nealis is being dealt to Nashville SC. Inter Miami is receiving allocation money, per the source.
Both clubs debuted in MLS a season ago.
The move gives important backline depth for Nashville, who are looking to build on their solid and somewhat surprising showing in the playoffs last year. Nealis can play either outside back position but most likely is a right back.
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Last season, Nashville impressed with a seventh-place finish in the Eastern Conference. They finished 8-8-7(win-draw-loss) and beat Inter Miami as well as Toronto FC in the MLS Cup playoffs. They lose to eventual MLS Cup champions Columbus Crew SC in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
It was, to say the least, an impressive first season in MLS for the club. Especially, given the unusual backdrop of a season played with COVID-19 negatively impacting the schedule.
In 23 matches, Nashville SC conceded 22 goals, a respectable number given that they were an expansion team with a somewhat makeshift backline at times.
A season ago as a rookie, Nealis made 19 appearances with 10 starts for Inter Miami. He logged 1,104 minutes while displaying good defensive tenacity and an ability to push forward and overlap.
A finalist for the Hermann Trophy after a solid season at Georgetown, Nealis was the third overall selection in last year’s MLS Super Draft. He consistently showed well for Inter Miami throughout the season.
He is the brother of Sean Nealis, a strong and powerful defender in his own right who plays for the New York Red Bulls as a centerback.
Last season, Inter Miami finished 7-3-13 (win-draw-loss).