Nashville SC to host Colorado in fourth round of U.S. Open Cup

Nashville Soccer Club will host Colorado Rapids on June 5 or 6 in its first-ever U.S. Open Cup match against a Major League Soccer squad. The match will take place at Vanderbilt’s football stadium.

Colorado is the former stomping ground of Nashville SC Head Coach Gary Smith, who led the squad to an MLS Cup in 2010. Nashville goalie Matt Pickens and defender Kosuke Kimura played on that team. Smith led the Rapids to a 47-30-35 record in four seasons, from 2008 to 2011.

Colorado has been to the cup final just once, losing to Rochester Rhinos in 1999.  This year the Rapids are in the cellar of the Western Conference, mustering just 2 wins in six matches so far this year.

Nashville earned the fourth-round berth via a 3-1 win Wednesday over Mississippi Brilla at the Vanderbilt Soccer Complex. The Boys in Gold began cup play with a 2-0 victory over Inter Nashville FC of the NPSL.

Golden Goal adds 615 Formation’s Andy Simmons to roster of writers

The Golden Goal team is pleased to announce the addition of Andy Simmons, formerly editor of the 615 Formation website, to its team of writers.

Simmons began 615 Formation in January. Although the bulk of the content was focused on Nashville SC, he was always looking to share stories about the soccer scene in Nashville and the Middle Tennessee area. A graduate of Troy University, Simmons has spent time covering sports for the Southeast Sun (Enterprise, Ala.) and the USA Today Network-Tennessee before arriving at his current role as Sports Editor at The Cheatham County Exchange and Main Street Media of Tennessee. He also played soccer growing up, and is an avid (and sometimes struggling) Arsenal fan.

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Nashville MLS team names CEO, takes major step forward

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Ian Ayre may have spent five years overseeing the events on Anfield’s vaunted pitch, but it didn’t take a very hard pitch to sell him on Nashville.

After two visits to Music City over the past several weeks, the former Liverpool top executive was announced as the CEO of Nashville’s MLS team Monday during a ceremony at Nissan Stadium.

“It’s probably one of the most entertaining cities in the world,” Ayre told Golden Goal at the ceremony. “I think it’s a great, vibrant city with a huge entertainment heritage. What a great place to create a new brand and hopefully take the city by storm.”

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Nashville SC outlasts Inter Nashville for first-ever Open Cup win, 2-0

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Early and late Tucker Hume goals were enough to propel Nashville FC past fourth-division Inter Nashville FC 2-0 Wednesday night at Vanderbilt’s soccer complex, giving the USL side its first-ever U.S. Open Cup win.

Nashville advances to the third round for a home date with the PDL’s Mississippi Brilla, which upset Indy Eleven Wednesday.

On a sticky night in Music City, Nashville SC’s defense clung to Inter Nashville’s attack as tightly as the humidity that soaked the players in sweat. The NPSL side kept things close for the full 90 minutes but was unable to find an equalizer after Hume chased down a Robin Shroot through ball and buried it in the back of the net in the 19th minute.

In the 89th minute, Hume sealed the match with a laser-guided effort that caromed off the inside of the crossbar before falling across the goal line.

Nashville SC dominated play for much of the first half after a shaky start. Then, after an evenly played first ten minutes of the second stanza, lightning flashes in the area caused a 45-minute delay.

The break was enough for Inter to summon the energy for a final push, but a series of counterattacks failed to result in a goal.

The Boys in Gold controlled possession, holding the ball for two-thirds of the match. They attempted 19 shots, including six on target, and held Inter to eight off-target efforts and none on goal.

Next up for Nashville: Clinton, Mississippi’s Brilla, which stunned Indy Eleven 1-0 in the Magnolia State to set up the third-round showdown in Nashville. That match will take place Wednesday, May 23 at Vanderbilt. A win would likely pair Nashville against an MLS side in the fourth round.