You would have thought that, after her introduction at the #NashvilleMLS press conference and the positive roar from the crowd she got, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry had gone out to Highway 440 and repaved the entire road herself.
Barry, however, was of course one of the driving catalysts, along with billionaire businessman John Ingram and the Wilf brothers – Mark and Zygi – to help bring America’s most prominent soccer league to Music City. Judging by the response and the turnout at the press conference, I think Major League Soccer in Nashville is going to do just fine.
And that’s where I come in.
My name is Andy Simmons. I’m a former high school sports reporter for the Tennessean, The Dickson Herald, and the Southeast Sun in Enterprise, Al. Although most of my career as a journalist has been focused around high school and prep sports, my love for the beautiful game has never faded. I’m a student of the game myself, having grown up playing soccer most of my life. I’ve played, I’ve coached, and I’ve even refereed while growing up. I’ve also grown up watching Major League Soccer and the Premier League (In case you’re wondering, I’m an Arsenal fan. Oofa).
Many people in my life have suggested that I start my own blog. I’ve been hesitant to follow up on that request, since the timing has not really been right and I just knew I wasn’t ready. Funny how life works itself out sometimes.
The MLS expansion to Nashville means the beginning of my blog. Welcome to the 615 Formation. Here, I’m going to dedicate my time and efforts bringing you informative, honest, accurate, and interactive coverage of Nashville SC, as the club begin its journey into the United Soccer League this year and, eventually, the MLS.
But I also want to focus on soccer in the Middle Tennessee area as well. The club teams, the high school teams, the watch parties and pubs that host them, the various support groups (I’m looking at you, Roadies). They all deserve some attention. I intend to share their stories to not only Nashville and the state of Tennessee, but hopefully the entire nation.
So get ready, soccer fans. I hope you enjoy my work and continue to check back in with us as we move forward in this exciting time. We’ll have featurie stories and podcasts coming your way soon. In the meantime, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@615Formation). You can also send us an email (615Formation@gmail.com) if you have a cool soccer-related story you’d like to bring to our attention.
Thanks for taking time out of your day to read this, and glory Music City.