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 hire days before the USL season opener. How about let Gary coach for another few months and see how the team looks. The knock on Gary is his defensive style can be boring and his teams don’t score much. Despite making the playoffs last season, Nashville SC was one of the lowest scoring teams in USL. When speaking of Smith returning to MLS yesterday (Jeff Carlisle of EPSN FC broke the news) long time soccer radio guy Jason Davis said, “The Rapids were an ugly team and I’m not sure I’m thrilled about Gary Smith coming back to MLS.” While some people have said who cares as long as you win, I disagree. Nashville is a market that needs more fans and scoring goals is what a vast majority of American fans want to see. MLS is setting higher scoring records each season. It appears the Music City is going to try and go against that trend.