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Brendan Nichtern designated to Military Reserve List

By Nick Zoroya | Apr 17, 2023

Chrome LC Head Coach and General Manager Tim Soudan has placed Brendan Nichtern to the Military Reserve List.

What Does This Mean?

The Military Reserve List is for active duty or training military personnel. Nichtern is currently an active member of the United States Army. When a player in the PLL is designated to this list, they are ineligible for the first three weeks of the season. According to the league office, “Once a player returns from duty or becomes otherwise able to play, he must remain on his Club’s Active, Reserve, or Inactive Roster for the remainder of the season to continue to be eligible to play. A player may not come off the military list more than one time in a season."

What Impact Will This Have?

What we know at this point is that the Chrome LC will not have Nichtern for the first three games of the season. Nichtern led his team in points and finished third in the league with 38 (16 goals, 22 assists). His impressive 2022 season earned him the title of Rookie of the Year.  The team may be able to regain some of his goal scoring but the tougher task will be finding someone that can replace his playmaking. Nichtern was second in the league in assists with excellent vision for a rookie. It will also be interesting to see if Logan Wisnauskas’ game changes as he and Nichtern had incredible chemistry during their rookie seasons.

Coach Soudan has four options: trade with another club, sign someone from the player pool, draft a rookie, or bump one of his many midfielders up to attack. Stay tuned as we dive deeper into these options in the coming weeks.