- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On September 24, 2013
- 0 Comments
- MLS Expansion, Nashville, NPSL
Don’t worry, this isn’t a post about MLS Expansion. Or maybe it is.
Folks in Nashville have begun a grassroots effort to get a new club in their city. The difference here is that they aren’t aiming as high as MLS, and are actually only aiming as high as the NPSL. That is the forth division in the US soccer pyramid folks.
Nashville FC, as they are calling it, is a 100% supporter owned and non-profit. Instead of a majority owner, they will rely on a supporter elected board to help guide the club’s future. They already have some rivals in the NPSL in Chattanooga FC, Knoxville Force, Rocket City United (Huntsville, AL) and Birmingham Hammers.
They plan to field a team for the spring 2014 season.
So why isn’t this a MLS expansion piece? Honestly, I’m not sure. I’ve always viewed Nashville as a darkhorse expansion market for MLS. It is a big enough market to house a major league team as they currently have a NFL and NHL team to call their own. Add in the fact that US Soccer seems to love scheduling friendlies in Nashville, the support is certainly there.
The Nashville metro area is just a shade smaller than Columbus and is actually bigger than Salt Lake.
I love that this group isn’t aiming too high out of the gate. If anything, over time, they could work their way up the pyramid into the USL-Pro or even NASL. Nashville would certainly be a good fit for one or both of those leagues.