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Nashville SC to Host New York City FC in Preseason Friendly

December 17, 2018 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - Nashville SC News Release

NASHVILLE - The 2019 Nashville Soccer Club season will kick off with a bang. On February 22 at 7 p.m., Nashville SC will host New York City FC of Major League Soccer (MLS) at First Tennessee Park in a preseason friendly. It will be the first home game of the season for Nashville SC, two weeks before the United Soccer League (USL) Championship season begins.

Tickets to the match are included in 2019 season ticket packages, and are currently only available to Nashville SC Season Ticket Members.

"As we ready ourselves for the 2019 season, we need top competition to prepare our group," said Nashville SC head coach Gary Smith. "I am delighted that we have been able to include this matchup in our preseason schedule, and I hope our fans come out and support us against some of the best competition in Major League Soccer."

Last February, Nashville SC opened its record-breaking season with a friendly against Atlanta United FC of MLS at First Tennessee Park. That game kicked off a year that included the USL Champoionship inaugural season ticket record, an average of nearly 10,000 fans at home games and a USL Cup Playoff appearance in 2018.

NYCFC finished its 2018 regular season with a 16-8-10 record and was the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference in the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, advancing to the conference semifinals. The Bronx-based club has maintained success since joining MLS in 2015, making the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs each of the last three seasons.

Nashville SC VP of soccer operations and technical director Mike Jacobs added, "New York City FC offers us a great opportunity to test ourselves as we prepare for the 2019 USL season, while also bringing in another Major League Soccer team for an exhibition match here at First Tennessee Park."

Nashville SC season tickets are available now. To purchase a 2019 Nashville SC Season Ticket Membership, visit or call a ticket representative at (615) 457-8200. Single game tickets to this game and other games in the 2019 season will go on sale at a later date.

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