Nashville SC to play preseason friendly in Birmingham

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From club release:

NASHVILLE (January 16, 2019) – Nashville Soccer Club will be the opponent for USL Championship expansion club Birmingham Legion FC’s inaugural home friendly on Saturday, February 16 at 4 p.m. CST at BBVA Compass Field. The friendly will be a precursor to the two regular season games between the clubs in the 2019 USL Championship season.

“I’m delighted to have such a challenging game as part of our preparations,” said Nashville SC head coach Gary Smith. “Birmingham have recruited well and have a wealth of experience on their technical staff, I expect our preseason game will be the start of a competitive rivalry.”

Legion FC are one of seven USL Championship expansion teams this season, and one of four joining the Eastern Conference. The club will play in a newly renovated BBVA Compass Field, home to the University of Alabama-Birmingham soccer teams, which will hold around 7,500 fans. Nashville is scheduled to play at Birmingham on May 22 in the USL Championship regular season and will host Legion FC on September 17.

“We learned a lot about our team last preseason by taking on top USL competition, and expect any group led by Jay Heaps and Tommy Soehn to be among the league’s elite this season,” said Nashville SC VP of soccer operations and technical director Mike Jacobs. “It should be another good test for our group.”

Limited tickets to the game will be available for Nashville SC fans. Details on how to purchase tickets to the game will be announced in the coming weeks.

Not a ton to react to here. NSC played multiple regular-season opponents in the preseason last year, as well. It’s a reasonable road trip if fans would like to make the trip (and while there’s a mention of tickets being reserved for Nashville… come on, they aren’t selling out 5,000 seats for a friendly).

It’ll be a good first measuring stick against the expansion team, too. See the full Nashville SC schedule here.

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