Nashville SC completes Tyrpak, Levine signings

Nashville SC announced Wednesday that it has completed the signings of Blake Levine and former MLS winger/forward Kris Tyrpak. Both players will bring more attacking options for Nashville to call upon. Both moves are pending league and federation approval.

Here’s a small sample of what Tyrpak will bring to Nashville.

Tyrpak recently completed his season with National Premier League Soccer side Miami FC, with the South Beach club lifted the NPSL championship. However, Nipun Chopra recently reported that several Miami FC players, including Tyrpak, were planning on leaving the club at the conclusion of their season.

“If you look at Kris’ background, he provides a couple of things that coming into the last stages of the season can help us push for a playoff spot,” said Nashville SC Gary Smith.

“He has good experience at this level, and as a predominately wide midfielder, his goal-scoring record is pretty decent. It’s the goals and the ability to be part of a creative moment that we may well need going into the final stretch. He has a fabulous left foot. My hope is he can get in the side and be a threat in front of goal and he can improve the offense that has been under the microscope lately.”

The former Chivas USA draft pick has had stops on a multitude of teams, including two stints at Austin Aztex, San Antonio Scorpions, Swope Park Rangers (including one appearance for parent club Sporting KC), and San Antonio FC, before landing in Miami. Between 2012-2018, He has 47 goals to his name on 130 total appearances.

Nashville SC has also announced the signing of former Inter Nashville player Blake Levine. Levine made four appearances for Inter, scoring twice.

“Blake’s an honest and genuine young player,” said Smith. “He has some lovely technical ability. It’s his first opportunity in a professional environment. If he can harness some of his abilities, he can carve out a future for himself at this club.”

Both new acquisitions will be available to play in Nashville SC’s home match Friday against Ottawa Fury FC.

 

Nashville one step closer to hosting World Cup competition as United bid is chosen to host

The city of Nashville has hosted a Stanley Cup Final, will welcome the 2019 NFL Draft and will soon be home to a Major League Soccer team.

Wednesday in Moscow, it moved one giant step closer to hosting the FIFA World Cup.

The United bid — a collaborative bid between the United States, Canada and Mexico — was chosen by FIFA Congress to host the 2026 World Cup. Nashville is one of 23 potential host cities, of which as many as 16 will be chosen.

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Nashville SC loans off backup keeper Cochran

Nashville SC has made a midseason move at one of its deeper positions.

With goalkeeper Matt Pickens having a stellar season so far, the Club has decided to loan backup net tender CJ Cochran to USL expansion side Fresno FC. Cochran will be available immediately to play for the Foxes. Terms on the loan are not available to the public, per club policy. It’s the first time in Nashville SC history the club has also loaned off a player.

Cochran could easily help contribute to the Foxes, who are sitting in the hunt for a playoff spot so far in the USL Western Conference with a record of 3-4-7. Fresno’s desire to add Cochran, who helped lead OKC Energy to the USL Western Conference finals last year, might have to do with how the club haven’t been able to keep goals out of the back of the net. The Foxes have allowed the eighth-most goals the USL so far this year, conceding 18.

Cochran started in two games this year for Nashville SC, which were both U.S. Open Cup draws. Micah Bledsoe now moves up the roster as the number two option behind Pickens.