As 2018 comes to an end, I wanted to address a few issues I have with the state of soccer in Nashville.
For some background for those of you who may not know, I have been involved with soccer in Nashville since 2015 when a little supporter-owned team came into the picture. I came in as media staff to create match highlights and promo videos for Nashville FC in the NPSL. I shed blood, sweat, and tears for that club and much has changed. I was proud of everything that I was a part of. Because of my work with NFC, I have had the opportunity to gain three international caps, as well as work with some amazing organizations covering soccer internationally.
In 2016, Nashville gained a USL expansion franchise and that’s when everything began to change. The team was made to rebrand, but I continued my involvement, working as the team’s first intern before graduating from MTSU. After that, I worked creating highlight videos for Nashville SC U23 matches. That was my last involvement with NSC at a working level.
Since then, Nashville purchased an MLS expansion team, still without a name, and I’ve drifted further away.
Yes, I was there for all major announcement events, and yes, I was there for most of the USL games in 2018.
However, I have not renewed my season ticket for 2019. This is due to the fact that Nashville SC refuses to take stances that are incredibly important to me.
I cannot continue to support a team that refuses to take stances on certain societal issues, especially in today’s climate.
I acknowledge the reasons for a new team to not publicly back certain topics or widely recognized charity donation months. These stances have the power to turn away some potential fans for “politicizing sports” and in turn harm sales.
This is something that is just too important in society today and I refuse to continue to support a team that will not publicly and openly support the McRib being available all year long, instead of seasonally.