Nashville SC 2021 Season Past Present And Future
Last night’s result sucked. Big props to the many Atlanta fans that drove up for the weeknight match. Especially given the current state and form of United. The story of the season for Nashville SC so far is not that they’ve only lost once, but how many points they already dropped at home. Twelve matches done and the MLS season is basically a third over. NSC has played 9 of the 12 at home and while in a playoff spot right now, they really should be higher in the table. That said, the season really all depends on how well the Ake Loba signing works out. Here are some random thoughts on the season so far starting with a quick revisit of last year.
Nashville SC 2021 Season Preview
We are less than a week away form the start of the 2021 MLS season. Being honest, I’m not as excited for the start of Nashville SC’s 2nd season in MLS as I would have thought. The limited capacity and spaced out seating is going to lessen the in stadium atmosphere. Even worse is no tailgating at Nissan Stadium. Hanging with fellow soccer fans before matches is one of the best parts. Sadly, it looks like it might not be until the new stadium at the Fairgrounds opens in 2022 before fans get to experience what MLS opener versus Atlanta United was like again. That said, the show must go on and at least on the field things are looking up. Nashville SC’s roster to start the 2021 season should have fans excited. There is way more attacking talent across the broad.
Nashville SC Lowers Season Ticket Pricing For Next Season
In a fairly unique move for a sports franchise, Nashville SC is lowering season ticket prices next year. You can see ticket pricing for the 2021 season pictured above which was released a few hours after our original post. The team is currently having those that took credits due to COVID-19 for next season renew their tickets. What fans are discovering is that prices have dropped. For example, Midfield season tickets were reduced from $50 to $43 and the Sideline from $35 to $30. In addition, this lower pricing is locked in for the 2022 season in the new stadium. There are likely a couple of reasons for the move. First,
Atlanta United 2-0 Nashville SC – More Evidence That A DP Striker Is Overdue
Nashville SC lost 2-0 to Atlanta United last night in what was another frustrating match for fans. Once again, the team played well enough to get a result, but the lack of quality in the final third wasn’t there. Contrast this with Atlanta who got two great goals from DP Pity Martinez. What was clear before the season started is now obvious. The team needs a number 9. Until they sign a proven goal scorer the frustrations for fans will continue.
Questionable Decisions Led To Removal Of Nashville SC From MLS Is Back Tournament
MLS announced today that Nashville SC has been removed from the MLS is Back Tournament. It wasn’t surprising given five Nashville SC players tested positive for COVID-19 forcing the postponement of their match versus Chicago Fire earlier in the week. Then tonight just before kickoff of the opening tournament match it was announced four additional players tested positive leaving the league little choice. It’s a big blow for the club as their opening match versus Chicago would have been on ESPN with no competition from other sports. TV ratings for the Bundesliga and NWSL ..
How COVID 19 And Postponed Matches Will Effect Nashville SC
COVID-19 has shut down not just MLS but the entire sports world. With social distancing and stay at home orders in place for a majority of America we are in unchartered waters. No one really knows what is going to happen with the rest of Nashville SC’s inaugural season in MLS. That said, with nothing but time to think about it the past week the most likely scenario is the MLS season does resume at some point. I think the most likely scenario is they will have to rework a reduced schedule..
Nashville SC 1-0 Loss to Portland Shows Team Needs a DP Striker Now
Two games into their inaugural MLS season and so far to quote Dennis Green, Nashville SC is who we thought they were. When I wrote that the Nashville SC roster was disappointing to start preseason it was before they signed Walker Zimmerman. Yes, clearly he made them better and has been arguably their best player through the first two matches. Being solid defensively was never the problem with the roster build. The question was who is going to score goals. Ironically, through the two matches Zimmerman has been the only one. It’s clearly too early to panic, but it remains disappointing the front office is waiting to address what was a clear need.
Nashville SC Roster Disappointing to Start Preseason
MLS preseason starts for Nashville SC tomorrow with a game versus IF Elfsborg from Sweden at IMG Academy in Florida. Ian Ayre and Mike Jacobs have said the club could add another DP at any time. That’s good because after missing out on who appeared to be their main target, Ake Loba, they might also wait until the summer to see what they have. While I’m super excited about the MLS opener versus Atlanta United, it’s impossible to describe the current roster as anything other than disappointing.
Nashville SC Expansion Draft Haul Includes Danladi, Lovitz And Medranda
Nashville SC Expansion Draft Party was quite the night. Dax McCarty, Nashville SC’s likely captain, was introduced. Picks were made by John Ingram, Derrick Henry, Mookie Betts, Nate from Judah and the Lion and fan Gabby Acosta. It was super fast. Each pick was made and then Mike Jacobs immediately would talk about the pick. Two of these he immediately said would be traded. Once Nashville’s five picks were done, the trades came. I’m not even getting into it. Let’s just look at the six players Nashville ended the night with and how the roster looks now. Oh, this Facebook Photo Album has over a dozen pictures from the Nashville SC Draft Party at Ole Red.
Nashville SC Trades For Dax McCarty and Dave Romney
On the first Monday after their time in USL ended, Nashville SC is making MLS moves. As first reported by Paul Tenorio, the club has traded for Dax McCarty from Chicago Fire and Dave Romney from LA Galaxy. Add the expected USL signings coming within the next week and expansion draft picks on November 19 and the club’s MLS roster is coming together quickly.
MLS Expansion Draft – What Nashville SC Can Learn From FC Cincinnati And LAFC
Nashville SC should add a couple of significant players to its MLS roster during the MLS expansion draft on November 19, 2019. Looking back at the last two drafts shows what might be the most successful and least successful drafts in MLS history. Not hard to guess which was FC Cincinnati and which was LAFC. We take a look at each pick and discuss what this means for Nashville.
Nashville SC Announces Renasant Bank As Inaugural MLS Jersey Sponsor
Nashville SC Pay $3 Million To Acquire DP Mukhtar
Nashville SC has agreed to pay a $3 million transfer fee to acquire German midfielder Hany Mukhtar from Danish club Brondby. It was first reported by B.T. Sport out of Denmark and has now been confirmed by The Athletic. In addition to the transfer fee, Nashville also had to pay Seattle Sounders $100,000 in general allocation money for his rights. Mukhtar is a 24-year-old attacking midfielder. He has spent the last three seasons with Brondby in the Danish Superliga.
Nashville SC Acquires Godoy In Major Waste Of GAM
On Wednesday August 7, 2019, Nashville SC announced they have acquired defensive midfielder Anibal Godoy from the San Jose Earthquakes. While a long time good MLS player, Nashville SC paid way too much allocation money in the trade. Worse, Nashville SC appears to be building the roster to similar to how FC Cincinnati did by using most of its allocation money for acquisitions instead of a higher salary budget.
Nashville SC Building A Residential Development Academy At Currey Ingram
With Inter Miami and even Austin FC having already held tryouts for their first development academy teams it is odd Nashville SC still hasn’t announced any plans. I know it’s coming and after speaking to an employee at the school and another well connected Nashville soccer person I’m confident enough to say it will be a residential development academy located at Currey Ingram. This makes sense on a lot of levels, but like most things is not perfect.
Nashville SC Trades $450,000 In Allocation To Columbus Crew For DP David Accam
Nashville SC announced a trade for what should be its first designated player in David Accam. Just barely over a week since trading for Derrick Jones of the Philadelphia Union, the club grabs another player that was with that team just a week ago. The trade was technically with Columbus Crew, but it was actually a three way deal given the Crew had just acquired Accam last week from the Philadelphia Union. Nashville traded $350,000 in General Allocation Money and $100,000 in Targeted Allocation Money to the Crew for the player. The deal will be made official with Major League Soccer on January 1, 2020, and Accam will continue to play for the Crew in 2019. Accam was aware that the Crew were essentially renting him for six months when he was traded last week from Philadelphia and knew Nashville was his final destination.
Gary Smith Named First Nashville SC MLS Manager
Nashville SC named current USL manager Gary Smith the clubs first ever MLS manager March 6, 2019. The news that he will stay on in 2020 was met with mixed reviews. You can certainly see the case for it. First, Gary not only has MLS experience but he previously won MLS Cup with Colorado. He is already familiar with all the players and has a good working relationship with Ian Ayre and Mike Jacobs. He also certainly knows how to play defense. Yet, despite all that good, there are some definite questions. First, why now? Why make a
Nashville SC MLS Crest Launch Party
Nashville unveiled their MLS name, crest and hashtag at a launch party last night February 20, 2019 at Marathon Music Works. It was a nice party and the brand kept the Nashville SC team name (no surprise) and the blue and gold colors. However, there reviews were mixed at best online. Sara Walsh got things going with a quick walk down Nashville soccer history.