IMG Academy photo by Tim Sullivan/For Club and Country
From Club release:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mar. 01, 2021) – Nashville Soccer Club announced today that it will officially kick off the 2021 Preseason Training on Wednesday, Mar. 3 at Currey Ingram Academy. Nashville SC’s 2021 Preseason will consist of three phases and six preseason matches, including four in Florida during the club’s second phase.
At the conclusion of the first phase of preseason in Tennessee, the team will then travel to Bradenton, Fla. on Mar. 21 to begin its second phase on the campus of IMG Academy. While in Florida, the Boys in Gold will participate in four preseason matches, in a combination of matches against Major League Soccer opponents and USL Championship. These opponents will be announced throughout the upcoming weeks.
Nashville SC will return to Music City on April 3 for its final phase of preseason during which it will host its final match before kicking off its second MLS season the weekend of April 16.Nashville SC release
Here’s what the schedule of friendlies will look like:
|March 20||3:30 p.m.||Louisville City FC||Currey Ingram (NSC) Academy|
|March 24||2 p.m.||IMG Academy [canceled]|
|March 27||Noon||Al Lang Stadium (Fort Lauderdale) [canceled]|
|March 31||6 p.m.||Tampa Bay Rowdies||IMG Academy|
|April 3||12:30 p.m.||IMG Academy [canceled]|
Obviously there’s not a ton to analyze with only one opponent known, but a local USL side (almost certainly either Birmingham Legion or Louisville City FC) making the trip to Nashville before camp in Florida is nice for the team. Easin’ the way on in to the year.
Training camp can officially begin today with players reporting (though they could voluntarily report up to seven days ago, and a number of them did), with the true on-field training work beginning March 8.
It is almost time.