US Soccer documentation: Nashville could go MLS in 2019

Nashville SC Nashville Fairgrounds stadium
See? It’s right there!

This could be safely chalked up to “over-promise to land the World Cup” but there’s certainly an interesting point in the documentation provided to FIFA by the joint bid between the soccer federations of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Nashville could join MLS as early as next season.

The city was recently awarded the 24th expansion team in Major League Soccer (MLS), Nashville SC, which will start playing in the league in 2019. Prior to the arrival of Nashville’s MLS team, the city had various football teams; the most notable were the Nashville Metros who played from 1989 until 2012, and Nashville FC, who played in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) from 2013 to 2016.

Again, this seems to go against the preference of the club and ownership (though NSC’s primary owner, John Ingram, is on the Nashville bid committee). It’s more likely a matter of making the city appear slightly more attractive to FIFA – and perhaps to the joint bid group should they win the World Cup.

A bit of detail on the future MLS stadium and training ground are also included, though nothing ground-breaking.

Future MLS Stadium: Housing a natural grass, professional-grade field, this future MLS Nashville stadium is expected to be host to both professional and international soccer games during its lifetime.

Future MLS Nashville SC Training Facilities: Still in the process of construction, the Nashville SC Training Facilities will be grass fields that enable the professional football players and competitive youth academies to train on pitches of the highest quality.

I’ve reached out to the club for comment. We’ll see if there’s a response. It is worth noting that, as polished as the document appears, such mistakes as spelling names of bid committee members incorrectly (former US Attorney General and current Belmont law professor Alberto Gonzales) indicates that the information therein is certainly not to be taken as gospel.

UPDATE 10:31 AM: Comment from Nashville SC spokesperson: “The club doesn’t have anything to announce.”

UPDATE 11:11 AM: Nashville Business Journal gets a statement of clarification from the United Bid Committee.

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