It is #CCLFever time

One of my favorite soccer competitions of the year is upon us. The Concacaf Champions League (a/k/a CCL) pits teams from MLS, Liga MX, and Central American/Caribbean leagues against each other to determine the continental champion. The winner represents Concacaf at the FIFA Club World Cup! This is never an MLS team! Teams from Mexico’s domestic league have won the past 14 competitions (some of … Continue reading It is #CCLFever time

Nashville SC features on MLSSoccer.com

Some more writing from yours truly on MLSSoccer.com. Read up on the league’s website. First, on how Nashville SC’s stadium deal got over the finish line. Then, the off-field build toward the regular season, including that Nashville SC has sold more than 40,000 tickets to the season-opening game against Atlanta United. The two-plus years since announcement of the club’s entry into the league in December of … Continue reading Nashville SC features on MLSSoccer.com

Pitch Points was a nice number of days from kickoff

Welcome to Pitch Points, wherein I round up the latest links of interest in the world of Nashville SC, US Soccer, analytics, and more. If you come across something you’d like me to share, e-mail, social media, or the comments here are the ways to bring it to my attention. Be still my heart. When the social media strategy is on point: See y’all back … Continue reading Pitch Points was a nice number of days from kickoff

Breaking down Nashville SC’s 2020 schedule

Now that we know the 2020 Nashville SC schedule, let’s break it down just a bit. We already knew that the Western Conference was the (slightly) stronger of the two last year, though more broadly distributed with LAFC far above the pack, most of the rest of the teams bunched in the middle, and a couple stragglers at the back. Across the Mississippi (A phrase … Continue reading Breaking down Nashville SC’s 2020 schedule

Nashville SC rewards four ready to make the jump

Throughout the process of putting together the inaugural Major League Soccer squad in Nashville, General Manager Mike Jacobs has been open that fans may have to bid adieu to some of their favorites. That happened yesterday, when Nashville SC announced the signings of four former USL Boys in Gold to the MLS squad – and in the process, revealed that the remainder of the team … Continue reading Nashville SC rewards four ready to make the jump

Key newsbits: Ian Ayre on WNSR, late October

It’s been a couple weeks now, but a lot still relevant here. Ian Ayre appeared on WNSR to chat with George Plaster. A lot of boilerplate pablum (as we’ll get for the next couple years as shows have to cater to a non-soccer crowd), but some tidbits. As was the case last time, all credit for the interview goes to WNSR, I’m but a mere … Continue reading Key newsbits: Ian Ayre on WNSR, late October

Jacobs, Ayre talk through Priority Draft decisions

NEW YORK – Nashville SC Chief Executive officer Ian Ayre and Mike Jacobs descended on Major League Soccer’s offices in Midtown Manhattan Sunday to draft… drafts. With the Boys in Gold entering the league as an expansion team come January, they’ll have access to a number of roster-building methods. They’ve already used a few: signing two players to their USL side a year in advance of … Continue reading Jacobs, Ayre talk through Priority Draft decisions