Photo courtesy Darren Abate / San Antonio FC
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville SC announced on Wednesday it had signed former San Antonio FC winger Kris Tyrpak for the remainder of the 2018 USL season. The signing is pending league and federation approval.
The 26-year-old winger has made 95 appearances previously in the USL, recording 27 goals and 10 assists across his time in the league. Tyrpak was part of the Swope Park Rangers side that claimed the 2016 USL Western Conference championship and featured for San Antonio FC a season ago as the club reached the 2017 USL Cup Playoffs.
“If you look at Kris’ background, he provides a couple of things that coming into the last stages of the season can help us push for a playoff spot,” said Nashville Head Coach Gary Smith. “He has good experience at this level, and as a predominately wide midfielder, his goalscoring record is pretty decent. It’s the goals and the ability to be part of a creative moment that we may well need going into the final stretch. He has a fabulous left foot. My hope is he can get in the side and be a threat in front of goal and he can improve the offense that has been under the microscope lately.”
The 2013 Premier Development League’s Most Valuable Player as he led the Austin Aztex to the league championship that summer, Tyrpak’s professional career began in 2014 with Chivas USA in Major League Soccer. He scored one goal in nine appearances for the side before returning to his native Texas to join the Aztex, which had by then joined the USL. He is one of 13 players to have scored at least 25 goals and 10 assists in the league since the start of the 2014 season.
Nashville also announced it had signed winger Blake Levine, who arrives from Inter Nashville to sign his first professional contract with the club. A former collegiate player at Baker University (Kan.), Levine graduated in May and will now take his first steps into the professional ranks with the club.
“Blake’s an honest and genuine young player,” said Smith. “He has some lovely technical ability. It’s his first opportunity in a professional environment. If he can harness some of his abilities, he can carve out a future for himself at this club.”