Beckham's Inter Miami selects Sweat and Nguyen in MLS expansion draft

The two former USMNT players will head to south Florida as Nashville SC also added to their roster ahead of their debut season
The two former USMNT players will head to south Florida as Nashville SC also added to their roster ahead of their debut season

Inter Miami selected left-back Ben Sweat and Nashville SC picked forward Abu Danladi with their first picks in Tuesday's MLS expansion draft.

Both teams used Tuesday's event to continue to build their rosters ahead of entering MLS as expansion teams in 2020.

Sweat, a 28-year-old left-back, joins from New York City FC and will return to play in his native Florida. He earned his first two U.S. national team caps in 2018.

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Danladi was the first overall pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft but struggled to build on an eight-goal rookie season in 2017, scoring just three goals combined over his next two seasons. 

In addition to Sweat, Inter Miami also added Alvas Powell from FC Cincinnati, Lee Nguyen from Los Angeles FC, Luis Argudo from the Columbus Crew and Bryan Meredith from the Seattle Sounders.

Nguyen will be the headline-grabber in that group, as the 33-year-old has developed a reputation as one of the top creative midfielders in MLS during an eight-year stint in the league. 

Nashville also selected Zarek Valentin from the Portland Timbers, Jalil Anibaba from the New England Revolution, Brandon Vazquez from Atlanta United and Jimmy Medranda from Sporting Kansas City.

Those players wouldn't all stay with Nashville for long. The club quickly traded Valentin to the Houston Dynamo for goalkeeper Joe Willis, while they also traded Vazquez to FC Cincinnati for allocation money.

Nashville also traded allocation money and a 2020 international roster slot to the Montreal Impact for USMNT left back Daniel Lovitz.

Inter Miami, co-owned by David Beckham, will begin next season at the site of the former Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, while Nashville SC will play at Nissan Stadium, home of the NFL's Tennessee Titans, while their new stadium is under construction.

For Inter, Tuesday's haul of players joined nine players already signed for the 2020 season: Matias Pellegrini, Julian Carranza, Victor Ulloa, Christian Makoun, David Norman Jr., George Acosta, Jay Chapman, Grant Lillard and Jerome Kiesewetter. 

Meanwhile, Nashville already had the following players under contract before next season: Hany Mukhtar, Dax McCarty, Anibal Godoy, Randall Leal, David Accam, Dave Romney, Derrick Jones, Daniel Rios and Cameron Lancaster.

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