Golden Goal Match Preview: Nashville SC v. Atlanta United

Friends, it’s time.

After months of anticipation, speculation, and even a little chanting and singing inside a downtown ballroom, a soccer team finally takes the pitch in Music City Saturday.

And Nashville SC won’t be playing Nondescript Midsize-City FC in its inaugural match. Instead, it rolls out the welcome sod for the second most dangerous offense in the MLS, which just tacked on a league-record transfer.

Here’s everything you need to know about Saturday’s friendly in our first Golden Goal match preview of the 2018 campaign.

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Nashville-Atlanta friendly officially sold out; broadcast details revealed

Nashville SC’s inaugural game will be played in front of a packed house.

Saturday’s friendly against Atlanta United is officially a sellout, the team announced Tuesday. Notably, it also revealed broadcast details for the first time: The game will be shown locally on MyTV30.

“Saturday will be a memorable day for our sport of soccer and for our city,” Nashville SC CEO Court Jeske said in a release from the team. “The movement that has formed behind Nashville Soccer Club continues to snowball. Our fans have already secured over 5,000 season tickets and that number keeps growing as we build to our inaugural season.”

Kickoff is at 3 p.m. If you’re interested in learning more about Nashville’s showdown with an MLS powerhouse, read what we’ll be watching for during the match.

This news is not surprising; sales have been trending toward a sellout for some time, as the team has recently been selling standing-room-only tickets. The team has been trying to make a statement to the USL — and to the MLS, for that matter — that this city will embrace this team.

While we’ll certainly see lots of Atlanta United fans make the trip, the sellout is still indicative of this city’s support of the new team. It’s another step toward the team’s ambitious attendance goals, which include setting the USL record for season ticket sales in a club’s first season.

If we were putting money on it, we think the team will achieve that objective.

Middle Tennessee resident? Here’s where you can find MyTV30 in HD:

  • Comcast: Channel 1030
  • DirecTV: 30
  • Dish: 30


What we’ll be watching when Nashville SC hosts Atlanta United

If the offseason felt like it lasted decades…well…it kinda did.

But Saturday, for the first time since 2001, Nashville will put a second-division professional soccer team on the field for a match. And that match won’t be against just anybody — it’ll be against arguably the most explosive team in the MLS, Atlanta United, which is turning the ignition for its second season.

First Tennessee Park will be a spectacle Saturday, and there will be plenty to take in. But here’s what we’ll be watching especially closely.

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