A HANDFUL OF BIG MATCHES AT NISSAN STADIUM YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS IN 2020
NASHVILLE - Nashville SC’S first-ever Major League Soccer season is almost here.
The club’s full schedule for its inaugural MLS season is out, and there are some marquee matchups taking place right here at Nissan Stadium that you shouldn’t miss. Between league stars and defending champions, there’s no shortage of storylines in Nashville in 2020.
Here are some matches you shouldn’t miss at Nissan Stadium in 2020. And remember, the only way to get tickets to all of these matches right now is by becoming a Season Ticket Member. Click here for more information.
Atlanta United, Saturday, Feb. 29 (FOX)
Nashville SC will make history on Leap Day when it plays its first match in MLS against Atlanta United FC. The nationally-televised match will be a spectacle as Nashville makes its grand entrance into the major leagues. On the pitch, the matchup will be electric as Atlanta’s dynamic star striker Josef Martinez faces off against one of MLS’ newest stars in Nashville’s attacking midfielder Hany Mukhtar. This will be a can’t-miss clash to open up Nashville SC’s inaugural season.
Seattle Sounders FC, Friday, Apr. 3 (Fox Sports 1)
One of the next big home matches of the season comes a little over a month after the club’s MLS debut when Nashville SC gets to face off against defending MLS Cup champions Seattle Sounders. Back in November, Seattle captured its second-ever MLS Cup title after defeating Toronto FC in front of a record crowd at CenturyLink Field. The Sounders return most of the talent that led it to the championship, including USMNT standouts Cristian Roldan and Jordan Morris, as they will look to get past Nashville’s holding midfield duo of Aníbal Godoy and Dax McCarty.
Inter Miami CF, Sunday, May 3 (Fox Sports 1)
It’s an all-expansion clash in Nashville as David Beckham’s Inter Miami squad makes the trip from South Florida to take on Nashville SC at Nissan Stadium. While Nashville’s expansion counterpart does not yet have a manager, it does have plenty of intriguing talent, including Designated Player Mattias Pellegrini. He could be looking to do damage on the wing against some of Nashville’s talented outside backs like Dan Lovitz and Brayan Beckeles. A matchup of the two newest squads in MLS will be one for the books.
Los Angeles FC, Wednesday, July 22 (TV TBD)
One of the MLS’ new premier clubs in LAFC pays a visit to Nashville for the first time in late July. Reigning Landon Donovan MLS MVP winner Carlos Vela will lead defending Supporters’ Shield winners LAFC into Nashville after accumulating the most standings points in MLS history (72) while also scoring the most team goals in a season in league history (85) in 2019. Los Angeles came up two wins short of winning MLS Cup after being upset by Seattle in the Western Conference Final, and the club will look to improve even more in 2020. Nashville’s central defense that includes Miguel Nazarit, Jalil Anibaba and Dave Romney will look to slow down LAFC’s dynamic attack.
Bonus Match to Watch: Colorado Rapids, Wednesday, Sept. 16 (TV TBD)
This match will be special as Nashville SC Head Coach Gary Smith hosts his former club for the first time in MLS. Smith coached the Rapids to an MLS Cup title in 2010 and oversaw one of the most successful periods in the club’s history as head coach. With Nashville SC’s USL side, Smith coached Nashville to a 2-0 win over the Rapids in the Fourth Round of the 2018 U.S. Open Cup at Vanderbilt Stadium. This match will also give Nashville SC forward Dominique Badji the chance to face his former club where he played from 2015 to 2017.
Double Bonus Match to Watch: Sporting Kansas City, Saturday, Apr. 11 (TV TBD)
Nashville SC’s match against Sporting Kansas City will also be a reunion for the leader of Nashville’s technical staff, GM Mike Jacobs. He will get the chance to face his old club and mentor in SKC technical director and coach Peter Vermes for the first time on Apr. 11. Jacobs was an assistant technical director under Vermes at Sporting Kansas City from 2015 to 2017 before joining Nashville SC. The match will also be a reunion for defender Jimmy Medranda and goalkeeper Adrían Zendejas, who were both acquired from Sporting Kansas City on the night of the 2019 MLS Expansion Draft.