How USL to MLS expansion sides built their rosters: The lessons

Rounding out the “already-signed MLS players”  photo album to close the series. We’ve seen how the seven teams moving up from USL (or other second-division leagues) in recent seasons built their rosters, so what are the lessons we can take away from their processes and results? Be judicious in bringing USL players along This applies to both players from the final roster at the Division-2 … Continue reading How USL to MLS expansion sides built their rosters: The lessons

How USL to MLS expansion sides built their rosters – part two

Hey, that guy’s going to be one of Nashville’s MLS players! If you missed part one of this post yesterday, make sure you check it out. Herein, we take a look at how teams moving up from USL (or in a couple instances, other lower division leagues) built their inaugural rosters. 2015 Orlando City SC Previous league: USL Pro (USSF third division) 2009 Outcome: (12-14-8), … Continue reading How USL to MLS expansion sides built their rosters – part two

How USL to MLS expansion sides built their rosters

Hey, that’s a couple MLS guys! MLS is a league that’s growing at a rapid pace: since 2009, the league has added 11 teams, with three more (including our own Nashville SC) slated to join over the next two years. The franchises that have joined MLS have built their inaugural rosters through a variety of mechanisms – basically any way you can do it, they … Continue reading How USL to MLS expansion sides built their rosters

MLS salary guide released: Compensation for first four Nashville MLS players revealed

Player salaries in the USL are (sometimes tightly-)kept a secret, by league policy. Some are known – or can be estimated, assumed etc. – but teams and the league don’t reveal them. That is not the case for Major League Soccer. The MLS Players’ Association releases those numbers twice per season. Typically the first edition comes in early May, but it was pushed back this … Continue reading MLS salary guide released: Compensation for first four Nashville MLS players revealed

Nashville SC stadium won’t be ready until 2022

Nashville SC CEO Ian Ayre gave fans an update on the team’s website this mornming. The most notable tidbit from his letter is that the soccer-specific stadium won’t be ready for the beginning of the 2021 MLS season. Instead of moving in partway through that year, the club will delay its full occupation until 2022. Given the size, scope and challenges in building what will … Continue reading Nashville SC stadium won’t be ready until 2022

Gary Smith is officially Nashville SC’s first MLS coach

At a press conference this morning, Nashville SC chief executive Ian Ayre announced that Gary Smith will be the club’s first Major League Soccer coach in the 2020 season. Smith was named Nashville’s USL coach a year prior to the club’s inaugural season at that level, and led the squad to an eighth-place finish in the 2018 season. The 2019 club is considered one of … Continue reading Gary Smith is officially Nashville SC’s first MLS coach