Written by @transferfeed
December 20th 2017, Nashville Soccer Club were named as the 24th MLS franchise, an early Christmas present to many.
The city is more commonly known for their Music culture or even the hit American TV show Nashville which has racked up a very respectable 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes but all eyes will be on the newest team in Major League Soccer, Nashville.
It was announced that the City of Music would get it’s on team on May 19th 2016. The team got their logo, name & colours from amateur side Nashville FC who were established in 2013. They were founded by David Dill - chief operating officer of LifePoint Health, Christopher Redhage - co founder of ProviderTrust & former soccer player & Marcus Whitney - president of Jumpstart foundry & former chairman of amateur side Nashville FC. Former MLS Cup winner with Colorado Rapids Nashville impressively appointed Gary Smith as their head coach on April 12th 2017 although by that point the former Fulham boss had been out of work for a year & didn’t exactly set the world alight after his stint at the Rapids going onto manage Stevenage & Atlanta Silverbacks.
On March 14th 2017 John Ingram bought over Nashville SC with an aspiration for the club to compete in the countries top league, Major League Soccer. Ingram’s bid was successful despite many claiming FC Cincinnati should’ve been the MLS expansion team with the club breaking several attendance records in the USL & US Open Cup even making it to the Semi-Finals of the US Open Cup (America’s equivalent of trophies like DFB Pokal, Copa Del Rey, Scottish Cup, FA Cup etc.)
Nashville will compete in a pre season friendly against MLS’ attendance breaking Atlanta United in their first ever official game on the 10th February 2018. The “5 stripes” as they are known boast stars such as Ezequiel Barco, Josef Martinez & Miguel Almiron & will surely be a big test for Nashville. Nashville then come up against Lousville City FC away in their first competitive match as they experience their first season in the USL ahead of their entry into the MLS in either 2019 or 2020. On the 24th March Nashville then face Pittsburgh Riverhounds in their first ever home game at First Tennessee Park.
It is unclear wether Nashville wi keep the name “Nashville Soccer Club” for their inaugural MLS season in either 2019 or 2020 & it is also unclear wether there will be 2 franchises - a USL team & a MLS team.
Naturally Nashville may have rivalries with the closest MLS teams Atlanta United, Sporting Kansas City & Houston Dynamo although in the USL their is Louisville, Cincinnati & St. Louis all nearby. The clubs star players include goalkeeper Matt Pickens who is a former MLS Cup winner under Gary Smith at Colorado Rapids, former Houston Dynamo player Oumar Mallo & former Minnesota United player Justin Davis.
Will Nashville take US Soccer by storm in their first years like Atlanta United & FC Cincinnati or will they settle for mid table obscurity in their first years like Minnesota United & Orlando City?
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