NASHVILLE – Earlier today, CONCACAF, the continental governing body for soccer in North America, announced that the U.S. Men’s National Team (USMNT) will play Panama on July 8th at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.
The news follows CONCACAF’s announcement last December that Nashville would be one of only 13 cities selected to host the prestigious international soccer tournament. A strong turnout to the Gold Cup match will help distinguish the Nashville market as a top soccer destination leading up to Nashville SC's inaugural USL season next year.
“Nashville’s soccer fan base is energized for an international tournament of this stature to come to town. This city loves soccer, and the US Men’s National team has always been a strong, regional draw here. You can count on our club and the larger soccer community to be supporting them in the stands” said Court Jeske, CEO of Nashville S.C., the city’s professional USL club that begins play next March.
The USMNT has a history of success in Nashville, drawing almost 45,000 to see their last match here in 2015 against Guatemala. That game marked the second-highest attendance for any U.S. friendly since the 2014 World Cup. MLS Commissioner Don Garber in remarks to media last year noted Nashville’s exceptional turnout for international soccer events.
Local soccer and civic organizations will play a key role in galvanizing ticket sales and interest in the game at the grassroots level.
“This is Nashville’s chance to shine,” said Will Alexander, co-founder of the Nashville MLS Organizing Committee. “We were thrilled when Nashville was among the handful of cities selected to host the Gold Cup. With our bid for Major League Soccer in full swing, the Gold Cup match represents an opportunity to prove why we belong among the top soccer markets in the country.”
Nasvhille is among the top selling markets for Gold Cup 2017 with a tremendous showing of support from the local soccer community. “The youth soccer scene in Tennessee looks for every opportunity to see our national teams. The wind up to the Gold Cup and this World Cup cycle are very important for soccer in the U.S. Our organization will spread the word and work with U.S. Soccer to give youth clubs ticket opportunities and to build awareness of the match,” said Hans Hobson, executive director of the Tennessee State Soccer Association.
Tickets for the match are available at www.concacaf.com/category/gold-cup/tickets.