Gold Cup coming to Nashville in 2019

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Nashville SC owner John Ingram (center) welcomes Gold Cup officials. Courtesy Tennessee Titans.

Concacaf’s Gold Cup is one of the depressingly few meaningful tournaments the United States Men’s National Team will be participating in for the foreseeable future (no World Cup this Summer). A small consolation prize for fans in Nashville is that they’ll likely have the opportunity to see the team up-close and personal in Nissan Stadium.

Nashville will be one of the host cities for the tournament (as it was in 2017, as well).

“We’re thrilled to welcome the Gold Cup back to Nashville next year,” Nashville Mayor David Briley said. “Soccer is growing and thriving here, and Concacaf and its teams and fans will get the same warm welcome all our visitors receive – plus a lot of loud cheers and chants ringing through Nissan Stadium. The Gold Cup will be another great showcase for ‘the beautiful game’ in our beautiful city.”

There’s no guarantee that the United States will be in Music City – there are 15 host cities around the country, and with 16 teams from the Confederation participating, the United States won’t be in all of them – but the right to host games in an international tournament is an honor nonetheless. It’s also one soccer fans in Nashville should embrace, proving that the honor of having been granted an MLS franchise is one that is well-deserved, despite having checks notes one year less time as a club than “we have proven ourselves”-trumpeters FC Cincinnati (whose MLS announcement should be coming soon, by most accounts).

Nissan Stadium welcomed 47,622 fans last Summer for a Gold Cup Group B game between the USMNT and Panama (the game ended in a 1-1 draw) July 8, and its record attendance was shattered by the end of the month when a friendly match between English Premier League sides Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur drew 56,232 July 29.

The high attendance for a home team was 18,922 back on March 24 of this year, when NSC tied Pittsburgh Riverhounds 0-0 in the second game of the USL season. It’s possible (though perhaps not likely, barring a major marketing push) that the record attendance in Nissan is challenged July 7, when Nsshville SC welcomes FC Cincinnati to town.

International soccer is expected to be in Nashville even sooner, of course, with a reported USA-Mexico friendly match likely to be announced for Nissan Stadium over Labor Day weekend.

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