No surprise after head coach Gary Smith hinted at this during yesterday’s teleconference, but positive news nonetheless. From Club release:
NASHVILLE (June 12, 2020) – Nashville Soccer Club has announced that the club will transition into full-team training for the first time since Major League Soccer suspended operations in mid-March due to COVID-19.
Full team training is mandatory for all players. In order to maintain a safe environment for all players and staff, Nashville SC will remain in compliance with local health and government policies and adhere to the detailed health and safety protocols that were created in consultation with medical and infectious disease experts.
Nashville SC will continue its preparation for the MLS is Back Tournament at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. on July 8 through Aug. 11. Nashville was drawn as Team 6 in Group A and will take on Orlando City SC, Philadelphia Union and Chicago Fire FC in the Group Stage. Group A will also feature fellow 2020 Expansion Club Inter Miami CF and New York City FC.
No further message here, but certainly given the priority that both Mike Jacobs and Gary Smith have placed on training in the home market in their recent comments (as well as the players’ preference to not be in Orlando for a hyper-long time), it’s a step in the right direction.