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Nashville SC confirm Gary Smith as manager for debut MLS season: 'He builds teams that are hard to beat'

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Nashville SC officially announced that it has named Gary Smith to be its manager of its MLS team, ahead of its debut next season.

CEO Ian Ayre, in an exclusive interview with ESPN FC, said he mined his contacts in Europe, looked to South America and scoured the U.S. in trying to find a manager. As it turned out, his top choice was already working right in front of him, as Smith has been managing the organization's USL team since the start of 2018.

"We never really saw anybody who blew us...

Nashville SC to retain Gary Smith as manager for debut MLS season - sources

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Gary Smith is set to be named Nashville SC's manager for its debut MLS season, sources have told ESPN FC.

Smith, 48, is entering his second season as manager of Nashville's USL team, which competes in the second tier of the U.S. soccer pyramid. Now he will manage the club's MLS entrant when it begins play in the league next season.

The appointment, which could be formally announced this week, sees Nashville continue its habit of promoting from within in terms of hiring its technical staff.

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Nashville SC reveals name, colors and crest ahead of joining MLS in 2020

Nashville SC confirmed the crest it will use upon joining MLS in 2020.
Nashville SC confirmed its name, colors and crest on Wednesday night.

Nashville's Major League Soccer franchise has an identity: Nashville Soccer Club.

The expansion city announced its team's name, crest and club colors on Wednesday night at a party in downtown Nashville in front of 2,000 fans.

The name goes unchanged from the moniker that the club used for the past two seasons in the United Soccer League, and will continue to use in the USL Championship in 2019 ahead of a move to MLS in 2020.

The crest features "themes of sound and energy," the club said in a statement,...

Nashville backs out of Andrew Gutman loan from Celtic at MLS' request

The Exploding Heads recap Transfer Deadline Day where a few big names were linked with moves, but the day has become a shadow of itself.

Nashville is backing out of a deal to take American defender Andrew Gutman on a season-long loan from Scotland's Celtic.

Celtic said on Thursday they had agreed to a three-plus-year contract with the left-back, a 22-year-old who was a senior at Indiana and won the Hermann Trophy as the top men's college soccer player last year. Celtic and Nashville then announced the loan.

However, Nashville said in a statement on Saturday that as an "expansion member of MLS and in light of the fact that MLS does...

Nashville sign Chivas youngster Daniel Rios as first MLS player

The upcoming Nashville MLS team added its first player Tuesday, signing Mexican striker Daniel Rios from Chivas de Guadalajara of Liga MX.

The Nashville franchise is expected to join MLS in 2020. Until then, Rios will be loaned to Nashville SC of the USL Championship.

"Signing Daniel as our first MLS player shows our commitment to put a talented, diverse and exciting team on the field from day one of this franchise," Nashville MLS CEO Ian Ayre said in a statement. "We look forward to welcoming him...