Sports: Major League Soccer is expected to announce today it will add a team in Nashville
David Royse | LedeTree
In Tennessee, boots usually means cowboy, and music means country. Soccer boots and stadium songs don’t generally come to mind. That could be about to change.
It was already a bit weird when the Scandinavian hockey stars joined the country music singers as the biggest thing going in Nashville. Now, the city’s sports awakening continues with another unlikely addition – the top level of professional soccer in the States.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber and the head of a local soccer group will be joined at an event this evening at the Country Music Hall of Fame by the city’s mayor and the governor of Tennessee at which the group is widely expected to announce Nashville will be added to the league.
Nashville has been on fire, an “It City” in the words of the local newspaper, that shows up in a lot of those magazine and website stories about the coolest places to move.
And, it sealed the deal with a recent decision to approve a new soccer-only stadium.
Nashville’s bid was put forth by local billionaire John Ingram, who will be joined at Wednesday evening’s announcement by Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.
It’s not clear when the team will begin play.
Nashville was one of 12 cities who bid early in the year to join the league, with MLS officials hoping to add four new teams eventually. Two of those teams are expected to be a second Los Angeles team and David Beckham’s Miami team. Nashville would be the third. The fourth, yet to be decided, is expected to be chosen from finalists Cincinnati, Detroit and Sacramento.