Both USL and NASL have been working on a plan to bring pro soccer to the Music City, but the group behind the Nashville USL team was first out of the gate with an ownership group stepping up to engage the city on facilities talks. The Nashville USL team ownership also stepped up to purchase the assets of Nashville FC, the community-run team. So don’t be surprised if the name of the new club is based on Nashville FC.
According to The Tennessean, one big part of the Nashville USL team game plan won’t be on the agenda: talk of a new team home won’t be raised. Right now there’s not a soccer-specific facility that could house a new Nashville USL team: the existing venues are either too large (like Nissan Stadium, home of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans) or not really suitable for pro soccer without some negotiations (like First Tennessee Park, home of the MiLB Nashville Sounds). DMD Soccer has been working with Metro on plans for a new soccer stadium.
The Nashville USL team ownership: DMD Soccer, an investment group that includes David Dill, the President and Chief Operating Officer of LifePoint Health; Marcus Whitney, the President of Jumpstart Foundry, a seed-stage healthcare innovation fund; and Christopher Redhage, co-founder of ProviderTrust.
Image of USL action courtesy Rio Grande Valley FC.