Charlotte in MLS Will Keep Nashville SC Out West
End of year and a lot is happening. Signings, rumored signings, schedule release tomorrow, jersey release (please any day now) and some really disappointing news this week. Tuesday MLS announced Charlotte would become the 30th MLS franchise and enter the league with Austin in 2021. Before this news the plan was Nashville would enter MLS and spend one season out West and move back East when Austin entered the following year. Ian Ayre basically said as much in late August. Now with Charlotte coming in the Eastern Conference next year, Nashville will have to stay to keep each conference with 14 teams in 2021. The logical plan now is when Sacramento and St. Louis enter MLS in 2022, both go in the Western Conference and Nashville SC moves to the East at that time.
Maybe, but I just don’t trust MLS. Nothing is done until it’s done. Two years is a long time and things can change. After two years the spin could be Nashville is building rivalries with the Western teams. Hope not as the West sucks for Nashville SC fans. The closest conference opponent is Kansas City at over 550 miles. That’s two years not playing home and away with Atlanta and Cincinnati. It’s not the best way to build the fanbase in the Music City, but MLS just wants the $325 million franchise fee check. Yes, you read that right. So what can John Ingram really say. His franchise has more than doubled in value and it makes sense that Nashville SC will move to the Eastern Conference in 2022 when Sacramento and St. Louis enter MLS. Unless things change again. A final tidbit Nashville SC fans might find interesting about Charlotte. Billionaire owner, David Tepper, is asking the Charlotte council for about $110 million to pay for stadium renovations.