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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Nashville Soccer Club will play their inaugural 2018 season at First Tennessee Park.
A spokesman for the Nashville Sounds confirmed the news to News 2 ahead of Wednesday’s official announcement at the ballpark.
The new professional soccer team, which is part of the United Soccer League, was announced in May 2016 ahead of their March 2018 start. The USL season will be the highest level of competitive professional club soccer to be played in Nashville and the state of Tennessee.
“This is a huge step for our club. We start play on the field in just over six months, and the number one question we’ve received from the community is where are you guys going to play? Where are you going to call home? So, we are happy to answer that for fans today,” said CEO of Nashville SC, Court Jeske.
In a press release, majority owner John Ingram said, “This first-class facility will provide fans an intimate viewing experience to match the first-class players on the field next year. This partnership represents the growing support for professional soccer in this city, demonstrating that Music City is Soccer City.”
The club also announced the launch of its “Plant the Flag” campaign, which aims to build support for Nashville SC as their debut season draws near.
Nashville SC will be coached by Gary Smith, who brings 20 years of coaching experience to Music City. His most notable achievement came in 2010 managing the Colorado Rapids to the MLS Cup.