MLS confirms 2020 alignment

Nashville SC will play in the West for at least one season (probably exactly one season, with Austin Bold joining next season, and two farther-west sides the following year). From League release: Eastern Conference (13 clubs) Atlanta United Chicago Fire FC Columbus Crew SC D.C. United FC Cincinnati Inter Miami CF Montreal Impact New England Revolution New York City FC New York Red Bulls Orlando City … Continue reading MLS confirms 2020 alignment

Roster building for 2020: What’s next for Nashville SC?

These dudes getting so much front-and-center photo action lately. Tim Sullivan/For Club and Country The Expansion Draft has come and gone. Nashville SC has 16 players signed. You can see the current makeup of the roster here. That’s not enough, though! What are the next stages of building a roster navigating the somewhat-insane MLS rules? Waiver Draft Date: Nov. 25, 2019 2:00 p.m. CST (waiver … Continue reading Roster building for 2020: What’s next for Nashville SC?

Nashville SC will open 2020 MLS season at home against Atlanta United

The atmosphere may be a bit different next time. Tim Sullivan/For Club and Country The logical choice is the official one: Nashville SC’s first game as an MLS franchise will be a local derby* against Atlanta United. Also, I have to get used to not including the “2” reflexively at the end of that name. From Club release: NASHVILLE (Nov. 18, 2019) – Nashville Soccer … Continue reading Nashville SC will open 2020 MLS season at home against Atlanta United

Penultimate USL power ratings, title game pick, and MLS power ratings

Welcome to the USL power ratings! Don’t forget to follow the site on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for all the content on USL, MLS, US Soccer, and Nashville SC. USL Pure Power This ratings method uses scoring in each individual game, compared to the opponent’s averages, to determine teams’ overall quality. It’s blind to result (W-L-D) but aware of location and score. Louisville made a huge jump by doing something … Continue reading Penultimate USL power ratings, title game pick, and MLS power ratings

The big fish are in: Does Nashville SC make more Trade Window moves?

Dave Romney photo courtesy Nashville SC Yesterday, Nashville SC formally announced the signings of midfielder Dax McCarty and defender Dave Romney. With the pre-Expansion Draft trade window open for another eight hours, are we likely to see any more action? What an MLS roster looks like We know some of Nashville SC’s players – nine of the 18-30 that is the theoretical range on a … Continue reading The big fish are in: Does Nashville SC make more Trade Window moves?

Nashville SC has decisions to make on bringing players from USL to MLS

Nashville SC midfielder Matt LaGrassa. Ryan Lassan Photography/For Club and Country The minute the final whistle blew at 90’+4 Saturday evening, Nashville SC’s 2019 season ended. With it ended the club’s tenure in USL Championship. The focus immediately shifted – had to shift – to the future. With three of the team’s players (strikers Daniel Ríos and Cameron Lancaster, and midfielder Derrick Jones) under contract for … Continue reading Nashville SC has decisions to make on bringing players from USL to MLS

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