NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Thursday is a big day for soccer fans in Nashville. A professional team is coming and should start playing by 2018.
The United Soccer League has given Music City a team, and now all they need to make it happen are players, coaches and a new stadium.
The owners of the team include David Dill, president and chief operating officer of LifePoint Health; Christopher Redhage, co-founder of ProviderTrust; and president of Jumpstart Foundry Marcus Whitney.
“The USL a fantastic league. We’re so excited to be part of the USL, the fastest growing league in the world,” Whitney told News 2. “And they do require that our franchise has a soccer-specific stadium that we play in, so since there’s not one that qualifies today in Nashville, we’ll have to make that happen.”
The announcement comes on the heels of record-breaking crowds at recent soccer matches in Nashville and a growing supporter base for soccer across the city.
The U.S. Women’s National Team drew the largest crowd to attend a U.S. women’s match in the state of Tennessee, 25,363 fans, on March 6 at Nissan Stadium.
That followed a state record crowd of 44,835 who saw the U.S. Men’s National Team defeat Guatemala at Nissan Stadium on July 3, 2015.
The owners of the new USL team believe that shows they can have some staying power.
The USL is a Division III soccer league below Major League Soccer and North American Soccer League. It currently consists of 29 teams in 19 American states and three Canadian provinces. Click here to find out more about the group.
Nashville currently only has an amateur soccer team, Nashville FC.