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.


Pickens’ sensational saves place him atop Tampa player ratings

Matt Pickens returned home to his former club and made them wish he’d missed his flight.

But it wouldn’t have mattered, because the Nashville keeper grew wings of his own and soared to some sensational saves Saturday in Tampa. It’s no surprise that he stands atop the Speedway Soccer Pod’s player ratings from the match.

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