5 fast facts for Nashville SC

1. When was Nashville SC founded?


The official club was announced on May 19, 2016, but has deeper roots in Music City.

Nashville Football Club was founded in a bar in 2013 by two friends, Chris Jones and Robby Johnston. Nashville FC became the first fully supporter-owned soccer club in the United States and joined the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).

Nashville FC was acquired by an ownership group lead by David Dill, president and COO of LifePoint Health. The Nashville FC founders have 1 percent stake in the club and also hold a voting seat on its board.

John Ingram, chairman of Ingram Industries, purchased a majority stake in the team on March 4, 2017. Ingram has led the bid to bring Major League Soccer to Nashville.

2. Who will Nashville SC play in 2018?

Before moving to MLS, Nashville SC will join the United Soccer League, which is a division II league sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation. With the addition of Nashville SC, USL will have 34 teams competing next year.

The USL season begins in March and ends in October, with the USL Cup Playoffs in November. The Louisville City FC defeated the Swope Park Rangers to win the 2017 USL Cup.

Current USL Teams:

  • Atlanta
  • Bethlehem Steel FC
  • Charleston Battery
  • Charlotte Independence
  • Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
  • FC Cincinnati
  • Fresno FC
  • Harrisburg City Islanders
  • LA Galaxy II
  • Las Vegas Lights FC
  • Louisville City FC
  • New York Red Bulls II
  • North Carolina FC
  • OKC Energy FC
  • Orange County SC
  • Orlando City B
  • Ottawa Fury FC
  • Phoenix Rising FC
  • Pittsburgh Riverhounds
  • Portland Timbers 2
  • Real Monarchs SLC
  • Reno 1868 FC
  • Richmond Kickers
  • Rio Grande Valley FC
  • Rochester Rhinos
  • Sacramento Republic FC
  • Saint Louis FC
  • San Antonio FC
  • Seattle Sounders FC 2
  • Swope Park Rangers
  • Tampa Bay Rowdies
  • Toronto FC II
  • Tulsa Roughnecks FC

3. Where will the team play their home games?

First Tennessee Park, Nashville’s Minor League Baseball stadium, will be turned into a soccer field for Nashville SC’s inaugural season. According to the team’s website, more than 3,000 season tickets have been sold.

Nashville SC versus Atlanta United FC February 10, 2018 at First Tennessee Park in Nashville, TN

Nashville SC first match will be a pre-season friendly against Atlanta United FC on Feb. 10, 2018. This will be a historic game for Nashville SC against an MLS club that set records in its expansion season.

Nashville SC will play 17 regular season home games at First Tennessee Park.

4. Who is currently on the roster?

Head Coach: Gary Smith
Goalkeepers

  • Matt Pickens
  • CJ Cochran

Defenders

  • Oumar Ballo
  • Bradley Bourgeois
  • Liam Doyle
  • Kosuke Kimura
  • Taylor Washington

Midfielders

  • Matt LaGrassa
  • Ryan James
  • Lebo Moloto

Forwards

  • Tucker Hume
  • Robin Shroot
  • Michael Cox

5. Can you try out for the team?

Yes. If you think you have what it takes to play professional soccer, Nashville SC will be holding open tryouts on Jan. 13 and Jan. 20 in the Nashville area. To register for tryouts, visit the Nashville SC signup page.

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