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Nashville Soccer Club Signs Defender Tom Judge and Goalkeeper Tor Saunders 

June 17, 2021 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Nashville SC News Release


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville Soccer Club announced today it has signed 2021 Major League Soccer SuperDraft selections Tom Judge and Tor Saunders through 2021 with the option to extend each year through the 2024 season. The draftees join classmate Irakoze Donasiyano who signed with the club on April 28.

"Tom and Tor are both players that we feel have the potential to grow and develop into roles with our club," said Nashville SC General Manager Mike Jacobs. "Tom is an athletic left-sided defender who gets up and down and involved on both sides of the ball. Tor has impressed in the time we had tracked him prior to selecting him in the SuperDraft and has continued to show well during training."

Judge, was originally selected from James Madison University on Jan. 21 as Nashville SC's first selection in the Second Round of the 2021 SuperDraft, presented by adidas. Following the draft, the defender returned to JMU for his senior season where he was named MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist as he led the Bulldogs to a 5W-1L-1D record, a goal differential of plus seven and five shutouts.

Judge finished his career with 63 appearances, three goals and four assists while also being selected as a United Soccer Coaches First Team All-American, the United Soccer Coaches All-Atlantic Region First Team, College Soccer News First Team All-American, and TopDrawer Soccer Second Team Best XI. As a junior for the Bulldogs, Judge was named First Team All-Atlantic Region and First Team All-CAA.

Saunders was selected by Nashville SC in the Third Round of the 2021 MLS SuperDraft from Coastal Carolina University where he earned All-Sun Belt honors and was named the Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year. The goalkeeper started 15 matches for the Sun Belt this season, logging six clean sheets through an 8W-5L-2D record.

Saunders' 2021 season also earned him a place in the MAC Hermann Watch List as he was named to the Senior Class Award First-Team All-American, the Sun Belt Conference Championship All-Tournament Team and was awarded the Most Outstanding Player.

TOM JUDGE

Position: Defender

Height: 6-1

Weight: 175

Birthdate: 05/28/1999

Age: 22

Hometown: Freehold, New Jersey

Birthplace: Freehold, New Jersey

Nationality: United States

Last club: James Madison University

How Acquired: Selected by Nashville SC with the ninth pick in the Second Round, 36th overall, of the 2021 MLS SuperDraft, presented by adidas

TOR SAUNDERS

Position: Goalkeeper

Height: 6-5

Weight: 215

Birthdate:  04/30/1998

Age: 23

Hometown:  Bothell, Washington

Birthplace: Bothell, Washington

Nationality: United States

Last club: Coastal Carolina University

How Acquired: Selected by Nashville SC with the No. 20 pick in the Third Round, 74th overall, of the 2021 MLS SuperDraft, presented by adidas

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