With supporters group The Roadies providing a euphoric scene Friday afternoon, the USL’s 2018 expansion franchise Nashville FC was officially welcomed into the league.
USL President Jake Edwards, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, club ownership and more were in attendance at Bridgestone Arena, soaking in the chanting, the drumming and most importantly the realization that the professional game is on the horizon in Nashville.
“It’s great to be marched in by such a rowdy group of fans,” Barry said as she directed her attention to The Roadies. “This is really a great day for Nashville because we are a sports city. We love soccer because it’s a beautiful game, because it rewards teamwork, skill and endurance, and it’s also an international sport. For many people in the south, it’s the ‘other’ football, but for most of the people in the world, it’s the only football. We are certainly looking a lot more like the rest of the world as we embrace all the people who move here, who have all nationalities, and colors and accents. We are becoming so diverse.”
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