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Nashville SC Acquires Homegrown Winger Handwalla Bwana from Seattle Sounders FC

October 21, 2020 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Nashville SC News Release

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville Soccer Club announced today the acquisition of 21-year old winger Handwalla Bwana from Seattle Sounders FC in exchange for Jimmy Medranda and $225,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM). Sounders FC could receive an additional $25,000 in GAM, if Bwana meets certain performance-based metrics.

"Handwalla is one of the exciting young attacking prospects in the league, and we feel very fortunate to be able to add him to our group," said Mike Jacobs, Nashville SC General Manager. "His ability to threaten defenses both on and off the ball makes him a constant attacking presence, and his work rate on both sides of the ball make him a menace to play against."

Signed as a homegrown player on Jan. 11, 2018 by Seattle Sounders FC, Bwana joins Nashville after three seasons earning valuable minutes with his home club. He made his Major League Soccer debut on March 4, 2018, and since then, he has earned an MLS Cup in 2019, reached the MLS Cup playoffs in back to back seasons in 2018 and '19, and debuted at the international level in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League in a 1-0 victory over Chivas de Guadalajara.

At the collegiate level, Bwana made 39 appearances at the University of Washington, recording 12 goals and 13 assists. Bwana earned All-Pac-12 Second Team and Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors. In his second year Bwana led the Huskies with eight goals and ranked second with six assists, earning All-Pac-12 First Team and All-Far West Region First Team selections.

Following an impressive 3-0 victory over FC Dallas on Tuesday night, Nashville SC will now look to extend their seven-match unbeaten home streak when hosting New England Revolution at Nissan Stadium on Friday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. CT. A limited number of tickets is available for purchase at www.nashvillesc.com/tickets. Fans deciding to stay home can follow the action on CW58, and ESPN 98.5 for English radio and El Jefe for Spanish.

Follow Handwalla Bwana's arrival and debut with Nashville SC by visiting www.NashvilleSC.com and the club's social channels on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Transaction:  Nashville SC acquires Handwalla Bwana from Seattle Sounders FC in exchange for Jimmy Medranda and $225,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM). Sounders FC could receive an additional $25,000 in GAM, if Bwana meets certain performance-based metrics.

HANDWALLA BWANA

Position: Midfielder

Height:  5-9

Weight: 145

Birthdate:  June. 25, 1999

Age: 21 Birthplace:  Mombasa, Kenya

Hometown:  Seattle, Washington

Nationality:  Kenya

Last club: Seattle Sounders FC

How Acquired: Acquired in trade with Seattle Sounders FC for Jimmy Medranda and $225,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM). Sounders FC could receive an additional $25,000 in GAM, if Bwana meets certain performance-based metrics.


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