That feeling when Nashville SC plays after a week off.
The Boys in Gold are finally back in action this week with a full slate of preseason action in the sunshine state. The trip begins at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. with games against the Chicago Fire (Feb. 21) and Ottowa Fury (Feb. 23) before concluding the trip at Orlando City (Feb. 25) in Orlando.
So what should fans be looking for this weekend?
This week is the best time for Gary Smith to move around the pieces of his team and see who works best in what position. We already highlighted some of the standout performances in last week’s notebook. It’s also reasonable to believe that Smith will roll with the same lineup he played with against Atlanta United. I don’t anticipate much of the defensive back line to change, as they were rock solid against Atlanta in their 45 minutes of play. However, the midfield and forward combinations could see some mixing up, most notably with Ropapa Mensah getting a crack at starter minutes.
More strong competition:
Nashville SC will once again get a crack at some MLS sides after the 3-1 loss to Atlanta United. Win, lose, or draw, the opportunity to play against Bastian Schweinsteiger, Nemanja Nikolić, and Dom Dwyer can only help in the growth and developement of the club. Chicago Fire made the MLS playoffs last year, and Orlando City SC is a potential rivalry that could blossom once Nashville arrives in MLS.
Don’t think I’m not discarding the Ottowa Fury match as well. That match is just as important as the other two, mostly for the fact that it’s a good way to see how Nashville SC measures up against a club that’s in the same league as them.
Here is some other news regarding Nashville SC:
New television deal:
The club announced last Friday that it has struck a partnership with Sinclair Broadcast Group to broadcast 27 of their matches, including all 17 home games, on WUXP MyTV30, providing content across all plaforms.
“Professional soccer has exploded and has a tremendous fan base as it thrives around the country,” said Sinclair general manager Noreen Parker in a press release.
“There is no denying the excitement that has surrounded Nashville Soccer Club since its arrival. Viewers of our Sinclair Broadcast Group television stations in Nashville (MyTV 30, Fox 17, and CW 58) want more live, local sports. That is why MyTV30 is a perfect fit for the Nashville Soccer Club Live soccer games. We are proud to be the Official Broadcast Partner of Nashville SC and the broadcaster of seventeen home games and ten away for the 2018 season and beyond. Soccer is a part of our town and our station.”
This is a win-win for the club and the city. It gives the club a chance to be highlighted for a large local audience and will allow businesses who show sporting events to thrive with patrons.
USL rankings reaction:
Beautiful Game Network has released its preseason rankings, and they’ve ranked Nashville SC as one of the top five teams in the Eastern Conference at number three, and the seventh best team overall in the league.
Preseason rankings in ever sport are just talking points. It’s interesting, however, to see that Nashville SC is getting a lot of respect despite only playing one game so far and having no prior history to go off of in the USL. We’ll know more about where Nashville SC stands in a couple of months once the season gets rolling.
Kickoff for Nashville SC’s game against Chicago Fire Wednesday is slated for 3 p.m. central time. Keep an eye on Nashville SC’s social media feeds to see if the game will be streamed or not.