Woodberry officially out. As I alluded to earlier, London Woodberry will not play against Pittsburgh after a knee injury (I updated that post to reflect that he is officially out, and the club included the knee injury information on its injury report).
That’s a blow to NSC, but one way to look at it is giving a player who had injury trouble of his own through preseason (Bradley Bourgeois) an opportunity to prove why he began the year in the starting lineup against Atlanta.
Ticket sales over 20,000. Nashville SC will certainly be setting an attendance record for a USL debut game. The current record was set in 2014 by Sacramento Republic. The record for any season-opener (not just the first-ever home game for a team) is 23,144 set by FC Cincinnati last year. Their record for a game between two USL sides is 30,417 which they established against New York Red Bulls II last year. The overall record – regardless of opponent – is 33,250, again with the Red Bulls (but this time the parent club in the US Open Cup) as the guest.
NSC won’t be setting either of the last two, what with the weather situation and such a climb to go. However, when FCC comes to Nashville July 7, it’s likely that not only to both of those records fall, but NSC may challenge the city’s record for a single game of 56,232, established by the friendly between Spurs and Man City last season.
Night before party. If you’re looking to spend time with some soccer folks this evening, head to Tailgate Demonbruen for The Assembly’s night before party at 7. Details here.