Now that Nashville SC has basically completed the process of contrusting its roster for the foreseeable future, it’s time to look at what lies ahead for the club in the coming weeks before the exibition game against Atlanta United Feb 10 and the USL season opener March 17 at Louisville City FC.
The roster count currently stands at 23, with two goalies, eight defenders, nine midfielders, and four forwards. The maximum number of players a team can have on a roster in the USL is 30, but it seems like the club will stay around 23.
Nashville SC now has two weeks to prepare for it’s first game against against Atlanta United. The club announced this morning that it has partnered with Ensworth High School and will use the school’s facilities for training.
“We are thrilled to be able to partner with the Nashville Soccer Club to host its new training facility at Ensworth,” said Ensworth Head of School David Braemer in a press release.
“Having a professional soccer team in Nashville is a tremendous asset to our city, and we are excited to play a role in supporting the team.”
The training grounds at Ensworth will certainly allow Nashville SC to put in some quality practices as the team looks to build chemistry with one another.
It’s still unclear about what Nashville SC’s starting lineup will look like come Feb 10, but a few of the more experienced players, such as Matt Pickens, Justin Davis, and Michael Reed, will probably get the nod in whatever formation is rolled out that day.
“I needed a core of (experienced) players, and most coaches feel a similar way,” said Smith
“If you’ve worked with individuals before, and you believe in those individuals that are capable of fulfilling what you’re asking of them in a system, then they fit the mold.”
Smith also expressed at Saturday’s open tryouts when he spoke to the media the challenge he faces when building the right system that will fit his squad. He does think, however, that if the team can get through the tough opening road stretch of the USL season, then they’ll be set up for possible success moving forward.
“For the group now, starting off well and having a three or four game opening where we can put some points on the board, and add to what I believe will be a productive opening and coming together of players. They have to build a repore, a system that suits them. That’s not easy to do with a brand new group,” said Smith.