Nashville will head to Evansville. The Boys in Gold announced their final scheduled preseason friendly today: a matchup with USL foe Indy Eleven in Evansville, Ind. – a city about equidistant between the two clubs’ cities.
NASHVILLE (January 23, 2019) – Nashville Soccer Club will take on a nemesis from the 2018 USL Championship season to wrap up its preseason. Nashville will play a neutral site game against Indy Eleven in on the campus of the University of Evansville on March 2 at 2 p.m. Of the other 15 USL Eastern Conference teams in 2018, Indy was one of only two teams to beat Nashville twice last season.
“Indy showed their credentials as USL Championship contenders last season and have strengthened dramatically in the offseason,” said Nashville SC head coach Gary Smith. “Quality additions from the FC Cincinnati roster, along with added firepower in [Dane] Kelly & [Ilja] Ilic, make Indy the strongest contenders to topple Louisville City FC. The game will be a great test for us just a week away from the opening whistle.”
=Indy Eleven will be the sixth and final opponent for Nashville SC in the 2019 preseason. Nashville will open its preseason at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. against the Montreal Impact of MLS on February 6 and defending USL Cup champions Louisville City FC on Feb. 9, before traveling to Birmingham for a tilt against USL Championship newcomer Birmingham Legion FC on Feb. 16. Nashville will then return to the Music City for a home game at First Tennessee Park against MLS opponent New York City FC on Feb. 22 before heading down the road for a midweek friendly against Lipscomb University on Feb. 27. The USL Championship regular season will begin March 9.
Tickets to Nashville’s game against NYCFC are now on sale at NashvilleSC.com/tickets. That game is also included in NSC’s Season Ticket Membership package that starts at just $10 a game.
Indy Eleven was the only USL East team against which Nashville SC failed to earn any points last season: they fell 2-1 in Indianapolis and 2-0 at home. The friendly matchup will pit two teams projected to be among tops in the conference – while they finished seventh and eighth last year, both Indy and Nashville have added plenty of talented pieces – and give Nashville its chance to final earn a result against the Eleven.
NSC has connections to Evansville: Technical Director Mike Jacobs was the head coach at the University of Evansville – the hosts for the match – from 2006-14, before joining Sporting Kansas City as assistant technical director (and TD for USL affiliate Swope Park Rangers). Former Purple Ace Ian McGrath also played for Nashville last season.