Singing in the Rain: Nashville SC Supporters Soak In First Match

The Roadies gather outside of Pastime before marching to First Tennessee Park.

The Roadies gather outside of Pastime before marching to First Tennessee Park. / Glenn Judah Golden Goal

The rain could not wash out Nashville’s enthusiasm for their Boys in Gold on Saturday. A crowd of 9,059 soccer fans were on hand to witness history at First Tennessee Park.

Jason Moles, a member of The Roadies, called Saturday’s game “surreal.” He’s proud of Nashville’s showing and how fast soccer is growing in Music City.

“Today is a milestone for greater soccer in Nashville” said Moles. “I’ve worked with youth soccer and to see Nashville adopt this as a whole is to see your work come to life. Where this club started from its roots, it has catapulted so fast. This shows how prime Nashville is for soccer.”

Pre-match festivities

The Roadies supporters group march through the rain to First Tennessee Park.

The Roadies supporters group march through the rain to First Tennessee Park. / Glenn Judah

Nashville’s supporters groups, The Roadies and The Assembly, filled Germantown bars hours before kickoff at First Tennessee Park on Saturday. Nashville and Atlanta United FC fans shared a few drinks and friendly banter before the game.

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Nashville supporters group The Assembly and Atlanta fans mingle inside Von Elrod’s Beer Garden. / Wes Boling

Atlanta supporters are excited to have a new rival when Nashville makes the jump to the MLS in 2019 or 2020. One thing both groups can agree on is their shared hatred for Orlando City Soccer Club by chanting in unison disdain for their Florida foes.

At 2 p.m. The Roadies began their march through the rain from Pastime bar and restaurant to First Tennessee Park with signs, drums and air horns. Nashville’s supporters groups have grown in members over the past few months since the MLS announcement, another strong sign soccer is building a foundation in Nashville.

Singing in the rain

Nashville's supporters section erupts after Ropapa Mensah scores against Atlanta United at First Tennessee Park.

Nashville’s supporters section erupts after Ropapa Mensah scores against Atlanta United at First Tennessee Park. / Glenn Judah

The supporters section erupted when Nashville unveiled their new gold kits which led to chants of “Come On You Boys in Gold” in celebration. A chant which recognizes the history of the gold uniforms for Nashville SC and its importance to Nashville supporters.

The signing didn’t stop, not even when the team went down by one in the second half. Nashville responded minutes later with a beautiful link up between Tucker Hume’s flicked on header, Alan Winn’s precision cross and Ropapa Mensah’s beautiful finish. Nashville fans screamed, high-fived and hugged after Mensah’s goal.

‘Justin Davis’ Beer Station’

Nashville SC defender Justin Davis shares a beer with supporters after the match against Atlanta United.

Nashville SC defender Justin Davis shares a beer with supporters after the match against Atlanta United. / Glenn Judah

Justin Davis’ after game ritual of sharing a beer with fans continued on Saturday. Nashville supporters held a sign behind the goal which read “Justin Davis’ Beer Station.”

In an interview with Golden Goal, the Nashville defender requested a cold brew from supporters, asking “Does anyone have a beer or cider for me?”

“I had a great tradition/understanding with our fans in Minnesota, and I hope to keep that going down here in Nashville,” Davis said.

Davis grabbed a beer, cheers the supporters and took a healthy sip. A great way to end a rain soaked game.

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