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Hounds add defender Tom Judge on loan from Nashville SC

By Riverhounds Staff, 07/06/21, 4:00PM EDT

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Second-round pick in 2021 turned pro last month after college career at James Madison

PITTSBURGH (July 6, 2021) — Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC has acquired defender Tom Judge on loan from MLS club Nashville SC, the team announced Tuesday.

Judge, 22, was Nashville’s second-round pick in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft in January. After being selected, the 6-foot-1 defender chose to remain at James Madison University for his senior season in the spring, where he was named a United Soccer Coaches First-Team All-American and was a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, awarded to college soccer’s top player.

“Tom is a versatile defender who has good pace and technical ability. We are grateful to the Nashville organization for trusting us with Tom, and we look forward to helping him develop during the 2021 USL season,” Riverhounds head coach Bob Lilley said.

During his time at James Madison, Judge helped lead the Dukes to three consecutive Colonial Athletic Association titles and three straight NCAA Tournament berths, which included a run to the national quarterfinals in 2018.

A native of Freehold, N.J., Judge signed his first pro contract with Nashville on June 17 after completing his time at JMU. He has joined the Hounds in training this week and will be eligible for selection beginning with the Hounds' next home match, July 17 against Loudoun United FC.