Nashville SC to host New York City FC in preseason

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From club release:

NASHVILLE (December 17, 2018) – Nashville Soccer Club will kick off its 2019 season in exciting fashion as it will host New York City FC of Major League Soccer (MLS) at First Tennessee Park on February 22, 2019 at 7 p.m. CT in a preseason friendly. Tickets to the opening home game on the schedule are currently only available to 2019 Nashville SC Season Ticket Members.

“As we ready ourselves for the 2019 season, we need top competition to prepare our group,” said Nashville SC head coach Gary Smith. “I am delighted that we have been able to include this matchup in our preseason schedule, and I hope our fans come out and support us against some of the best competition in Major League Soccer.”

Nashville SC VP of soccer operations and technical director Mike Jacobs added, “New York City FC offers us a great opportunity to test ourselves as we prepare for the 2019 USL season, while also bringing in another Major League Soccer team for an exhibition match here at First Tennessee Park.”

Last February, Nashville SC opened its record-breaking season with a friendly against Atlanta United FC of MLS at First Tennessee Park. That game kicked off a year that included the United Soccer League’s (USL) inaugural season ticket record, an average of nearly 10,000 fans at home games and a USL Cup Playoff appearance in 2018.

NYCFC finished its 2018 regular season with a 16-8-10 record and was the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference in the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, advancing to the conference semifinals. The Bronx-based club has maintained success since joining MLS in 2015, making the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs each of the last three seasons.

Nashville SC season tickets are available now. To purchase a 2019 Nashville SC Season Ticket Membership, visit NashvilleSC.com/seasontickets or call a ticket representative at (615) 457-8200. Single game tickets to this game and other games in the 2019 season will go on sale at a later date.

With our sample size of one, this obviously means you can go ahead and crown NYCFC the 2019 MLS Champion.

All kidding aside, it’s very cool to bring top-flight teams to Nashville (and I think more exciting to have them in First Tennessee Park, even if the capacity is obviously not what Nissan Stadium can provide). They finished third in the Eastern Conference, lost in the conference semifinal to eventual champion Atlanta United, and while David Villa is no longer there, certainly there will be a test at the highest level available in our country. It’ll be interesting to see if NSC looks like it belongs on a competitive field with an MLS team – it’d be fair to say they didn’t in that particular fixture last preseason, but that was the first time on the field together, and Atlanta United was obviously a different animal.

It’s a Friday game, which is something of a downer, but I’d still expect FTP to be packed out.

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