It’s that time of year again! We’re going through each team in the Western Conference to see how they ended last year, how things have gone in the offseason, and what we might expect from them in 2020. They will be published in no particular order, and you can find all of them here.
2019 Record (USL Championship): 20-7-7 (67 points, 2nd in the Eastern Conference)
Goals For: 59
Goals Against: 26
Three Key Additions + two bonuses for Rapids fans: David Accam, Dax McCarty, Walker Zimmerman (and Dominique Badji + Eric Miller)
Three Key Subtractions: N/A (First year in MLS)
Founded December 20, 2017, the Nashville Soccer Club begins their inaugural season with a lot of familiar faces to Colorado Rapids supporters. Led by manager Gary Smith, of the 2010 MLS Cup Champion Rapids, Nashville also has Matt Pickens as a goalkeeper coach as well as former Colorado forward Dominique Badji and defender Eric Miller.
Nashville hopes to field a competitive squad, including former USMNT standout Dax McCarty (who surprised many with a $100k salary at this point in his career). The team’s construction certainly fits the vision of Coach Smith as one which will be defensively stout in an effort to grind out 1-0 wins that served him well during the 2010 MLS Cup run with the Rapids.
Nashville showed quite well in their first and only year in the USL Championship, finishing 2nd in the Eastern Conference. Sadly, they had an early exit in the 2019 USL Playoffs, so they surely hope to have a better transition into MLS than did 2018 USL darlings FC Cincinnati.