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Nashville SC
Nashville SC crest 2018.svg
Full nameNashville Soccer Club
FoundedMay 19, 2016; 2 years ago (2016-05-19)
Stadium First Tennessee Park
OwnerDMD Soccer
Head coach Gary Smith
League USL Championship
20188th, Eastern Conference
Playoffs: Conference quarterfinals
Website Club website
Current season

Nashville Soccer Club is an American professional soccer team based in Nashville, Tennessee. Founded in 2016, the team made its debut in the United Soccer League in 2018. [1]

The Major League Soccer franchise awarded to Nashville in December 2017, and expected to begin play in 2020, will also be known as Nashville SC. [2]


The club was announced on May 19, 2016. The ownership group consists of David Dill, president and chief operating officer of LifePoint Health; Christopher Redhage, co-founder of ProviderTrust, a health care software company, and former pro soccer player; and Marcus Whitney, president of Jumpstart Foundry, a health care innovation fund, and former chairman of Nashville FC, the city's existing amateur team. [3]

The team acquired its team name, logo, and color scheme from the amateur Nashville FC, established in 2013, in exchange for a 1 percent equity stake in the USL team and a voting seat on its board. [4] In September 2016, the USL team changed its name to Nashville Soccer Club, or Nashville SC. [5]

Gary Smith, who led the Colorado Rapids to an MLS Cup championship in 2010, was hired as head coach and technical director on April 12, 2017. [6] [7]

On March 4, 2017, John Ingram, under the entity Nashville Holdings LLC, bought a majority stake in DMD Soccer, the ownership group of Nashville SC. [8] Ingram also headed up the bid to bring a Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise to Nashville, [9] and the partnership between Ingram and Nashville SC was seen as an effort to present a united front to MLS after Nashville was named one of ten finalist cities for four MLS franchises. [10] On December 20, 2017, Nashville was selected as MLS' 24th franchise. [11] The MLS team will begin play in 2020. [11]

On February 10, 2018, Nashville SC competed in their first game; a preseason exhibition match against Atlanta United FC of MLS. [12] In the rain-soaked contest, Nashville was defeated by Atlanta, 3–1, in front of 9,059 spectators. [13] Forward Ropapa Mensah, the youngest player on the Nashville squad, scored the first goal in franchise history in the 64th minute. [14] Their first regular season game, a 2–0 loss, was played against Louisville City FC on March 17 at Louisville Slugger Field. [15] The club's first regular season home game was played on March 24 against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Nissan Stadium. [16] The game was attended by 18,922 people and ended in a scoreless tie. [17] Nashville recorded its first win on March 31 against Bethlehem Steel FC. Forward Michael Cox scored on a penalty kick in the fifth minute to secure the 1–0 win. [18] The same season, it got to the USL playoffs but was knocked out in the first round by FC Cincinnati in penalties.


The team plays primarily at First Tennessee Park. [19] The stadium's primary tenant is the Nashville Sounds, a Triple-A Minor League Baseball club. It has fixed seating for 8,500 people, but can accommodate up to 10,000 with additional berm space and group areas. [20] The team will play their entire 2019 schedule at the park. [21]

During the 2018 season, the team has played twice at Nissan Stadium.


Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2018– Under Armour Nissan


Nashville SC matches are broadcast locally on MYTV30 and nationwide on ESPN+ [22]. John Freeman is the play by play broadcaster. Color analysts have included former Vanderbilt Women's Soccer coach Ronnie Woodard [23], Eddie Carvacho, and local radio host, Braden Gall [24].

Most home and away matches are broadcast live on 94.9 FM Game 2, an ESPN Radio affiliate. [25] Wes Boling is the play by play broadcaster.

Spanish language radio broadcasts are carried by El Jefe 96.7 FM. [26]


Nashville SC's original organized supporter group is The Roadies. Established in February 2014 with the creation of Nashville FC, the city's NPSL amateur franchise with the club's transition from NPSL amateur to USL pro status and accompanying rebranding as NSC, The Roadies are similarly transitioning to maintain their support for "Our Town, Our Club". [27] The group supports local charities including Oasis Center and Soccer for the Nations. [28]

The Assembly supporter group was created in early 2017 and has a presence in the supporters section at games. [28]


First-team squad

As of January 9, 2019 [29]
No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Danny Vitiello   United States
2 Defender Justin Davis   United States
3 Forward Ropapa Mensah   Ghana
4 Midfielder Derrick Jones ( [A])   United States
5 Defender Liam Doyle   Isle of Man
6 Defender Ken Tribbett   United States
7 Midfielder Ramone Howell   Jamaica
8 Midfielder Vinnie Vermeer   Netherlands
9 Forward Cameron Lancaster ( [A])   England
10 Midfielder Lebo Moloto   South Africa
11 Forward Kharlton Belmar   United States
12 Forward Tucker Hume   United States
14 Forward Daniel Ríos ( [A])   Mexico
17 Midfielder Michael Reed ( captain)   United States
18 Goalkeeper Matt Pickens   United States
19 Forward Alan Winn   United States
20 Midfielder Matt LaGrassa   United States
21 Defender Darnell King   United States
22 Defender Bradley Bourgeois   United States
23 Defender Taylor Washington   United States
24 Goalkeeper Connor Sparrow   United States
27 Defender Kosuke Kimura   Japan
30 Midfielder Bolu Akinyode   Nigeria
  1. ^ On loan from Nashville MLS team for 2019 season


As of October 20, 2018[ citation needed]
Season USL Championship Play-offs U.S. Open Cup Top scorer Head coach Avg. attendance
P W L D GF GA Pts Pos Player Goals
2018 34 12 9 13 42 31 49 8th, Eastern Conference quarterfinals Fifth Round United States Brandon Allen 8 England Gary Smith 9,561


Front office staff [30]
Chief executive officer Ian Ayre
Vice president of ticketing and sponsorship Michael Schetzel
Vice president of marketing and communications James Cannon
General manager Christopher Jones
Director of operations and supporter relations Ron Deal
Senior director of administration Lindsey Paola
Technical staff [31]
Head coach Gary Smith
Technical director Mike Jacobs
Assistant coach David Proctor
Team administrator and equipment manager Jeff Robben
Video analysis coordinator Bert Leonard

Nashville SC U23

Nashville SC established Nashville SC U23, an under-23 team of the Premier Development League, in 2016. The club began play in 2017 in order to build a pool of players to feed into the USL club for 2018. Martim Galvão was the only PDL team member who made the USL roster. Its home games were played at Vanderbilt University, on both the football and soccer fields. [32] The club did not field a PDL side in the 2018 season.


  1. ^ "USL Expanding to Nashville: Music City, USA". United Soccer League. May 19, 2016. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  2. ^ "Nashville MLS Expansion Team Unveils Name, Crest". Major League Soccer. February 20, 2019. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  3. ^ Garrison, Joey (May 19, 2016). "Nashville awarded United Soccer League franchise". The Tennessean. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  4. ^ "USL Formally Welcomes Nashville to League". United Soccer League. July 1, 2016. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
  5. ^ "Nashville USL to Play as Nashville Soccer Club". Nashville Soccer Club. September 9, 2016. Retrieved September 9, 2016.
  6. ^ "Nashville Unveils Smith as Head Coach". United Soccer League (USL). April 12, 2017. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  7. ^ "Gary Smith, MLS Cup-winning coach, to lead Nashville SC". Mike Organ. Nashville Tennessean. April 12, 2017. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  8. ^ Garrison, Joey (May 4, 2017). "John Ingram buys majority stake in Nashville SC, aligning efforts for MLS bid". The Tennessean. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  9. ^ Garrison, Joey (December 20, 2016). "Businessman John Ingram to lead Nashville's Major League Soccer bid". The Tennessean. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  10. ^ Garrison, Joey (December 15, 2016). "Nashville among 10 cities under consideration for four MLS expansion teams". The Tennessean. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  11. ^ a b Garrison, Joey; Organ, Mike (December 20, 2017). "MLS grants Nashville expansion club, propelling Music City from underdog to 'soccer city'". The Tennessean. Nashville. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  12. ^ "Nashville SC to Host Atlanta United in Historic Exhibition". USL Soccer. November 28, 2017. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  13. ^ Roberson, Doug (February 10, 2018). "Atlanta United wins preseason opener". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  14. ^ Luis, Torres (February 10, 2018). "Ropapa Mensah scores the first goal for Nashville SC franchise". The Tennessean. Nashville. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  15. ^ Learner, Danielle (March 17, 2018). "Louisville City FC begins USL title defense with win over new rival Nashville SC". Louisville Courier Journal. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  16. ^ "Nashville SC League Home Opener Moved to Nissan Stadium". Nashville SC. February 12, 2018. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  17. ^ Luis, Torres (March 24, 2018). "Nashville SC plays to draw in first USL home game at Nissan Stadium". The Tennessean. Nashville. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  18. ^ Ammenheuser, David (March 31, 2018). "Nashville SC posts first win, beats Bethlehem Steel FC". The Tennessean. Nashville. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  19. ^ "Exclusive: Nashville Soccer Club to play inaugural season at First Tennessee Park". The Tennessean. August 22, 2017. Retrieved August 22, 2017.
  20. ^ "Fact Sheet - Highlights of First Tennessee Park Construction Tour". Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee. February 4, 2015. Retrieved February 11, 2015.
  21. ^ "2019 Schedule". Nashville SC. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  22. ^ SC, Nashville (February 16, 2018). "Nashville SC Partners with Sinclair Broadcast Group to Air 27 USL Games Free of Charge". Nashville SC. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  23. ^ "Vanderbilt Official Athletic Site - Vanderbilt University". Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  24. ^ "United Soccer League". Retrieved June 23, 2018 – via YouTube.
  25. ^ "Nashville Soccer Club". The Game Nashville. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  26. ^ "El Jefe 96.7FM – Con todo el poder". Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  27. ^ "The Roadies". Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  28. ^ a b "Supporters". Nashville SC Website. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  29. ^ "Players and Staff - First Team". Nashville SC. December 12, 2017. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  30. ^ "Front Office Staff". Nashville SC. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  31. ^ "Coaching Staff". Nashville SC. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  32. ^ "PDL Introduces Nashville SC U23 as Newest Team". Premier Development League. September 20, 2016. Retrieved September 20, 2016.

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