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Re: “Soccer club Nashville FC's fan-owned model may succeed where others have failed

No, the club isn't like FC United, and that's fine. Having a semi-pro/pro team in the city can only help the growth of the game. The team is sending out players to provide FREE clinics for interested youth players. I hope they can turn the youth soccer pyramid right-side up in Nashville, at least. My lad's team is full of "select team" quality players who can't afford select team dues, or at least find them prohibitive and not cost effective for the advancement of the kids.

We attended a few senior level matches last season and plan on going back this season.

It isn't simply the offer of "buying in" that helped make the side successful here, part of it has been their community involvement.

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Posted by Mark Mays on 05/15/2015 at 10:23 PM

Re: “Soccer club Nashville FC's fan-owned model may succeed where others have failed

Come join us and see for yourself!! GO Nashville FC

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Posted by Brian T. Henderson on 05/15/2015 at 6:08 PM

Re: “Soccer club Nashville FC's fan-owned model may succeed where others have failed

Nashville FC is totally worth supporting - a great club that listens to its supporters, has built on the great work that Devinder and Lynn did for years in creating an appetite for soccer in Nashville, and will be an important club in US soccer for years to come.

That said, it's not supporter-owned. I wish it really were, but it's not. They have a great model to get supporters to feel like they have a stake in the club, but the supporters don't really own it.

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Posted by Ben P on 05/15/2015 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Soccer club Nashville FC's fan-owned model may succeed where others have failed

If you like soccer, you've gotta support this team. Incredibly convenient from a financial and logistical perspective: affordable tickets, free/nearby/plentiful parking available and some legitimately talented coaches/players on the pitch. The tailgating is lots of fun and very family friendly.

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Posted by Hudson on 05/15/2015 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Soccer club Nashville FC's fan-owned model may succeed where others have failed

I had high expectations for Nashville FC going into this season. I wasn't a member last year but became one this year as I love the sport and want to help it grow in this city as much as possible. The first game exceeded my expectations - great procuct on field, a decent sized crowd (even w/ Steeplechase, the Sounds, and Vandy baseball competing this day), and playing on a beautiful night in an SEC stadium. I'm thrilled by the possibilities for Nashville FC this year and beyond.

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Posted by Michael Davenport on 05/15/2015 at 9:52 AM

Re: “Soccer club Nashville FC's fan-owned model may succeed where others have failed

Nice Article JR Lind, Thank you for the coverage.

I am Devinder Sandhu, cofounder of the Nashville Metros and also a founding member supporter of Nashville FC. Lynn Agee, other Metros cofounder is also a founding member.

Funny bit about the Metros roster of players, etc, but I must point that the Metros have a lasting impact of the growth of soccer in this town. We brought MLS teams to play in Nashville (Colorado, KC) and helped redesign LP Field so it would be a suitable venue as a FIFA world cup stadium.

Additionally, Nashville FC GM, Brian (BJ) Johnson and Head Coach Kyle Roelke are both Metros Alumni. The GM last year, Andy Poklad is also a Metros Alumni. Several players on last year's team were Metros Alumni. Metros Alumni make up significant numbers of the local soccer coaches population. Several Metros players advanced to the MLS and a couple even made the US National team (Jon Busch and Richard Mulrooney).

Success is measured in many ways, especially for minor sports in this county. I believe the Metros were successful as a soccer entity and have paved the way for continued growth and success of the world's game in Nashville. Twenty five years as a sports franchise is a long time.

Lynn and I encourage the Nashville community to adopt Nashville FC ... Become a Proud Member....Come to the Games. Help grow an already popular sport to a new level with Nashville FC. After all it is "Our Club / Our Town" !!!

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Posted by Devinder on 05/14/2015 at 10:54 PM

Re: “Soccer club Nashville FC's fan-owned model may succeed where others have failed

A couple things stand out to me:
1) A-League? USL hasn't been called the A-League in over a decade
2) Nashville FC has been trying as of late to assure people that they are support funded. Paying for a membership entitles supporters to a vote on select issues. NFC supporters do not own shares of the club. This difference sets them apart from clubs such as AFC Wimbledon and many of the other clubs you referenced.

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Posted by Rauko on 05/14/2015 at 1:28 PM

Re: “Soccer club Nashville FC's fan-owned model may succeed where others have failed

I was at the game on Saturday and it was a blast. Cheaper than a movie ticket, great tailgating scene, free parking right across from the stadium.

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Posted by Billy on 05/14/2015 at 8:22 AM

Re: “The Titans' first two picks are a crapshoot, but at least needed change is coming

The last Heisman Trophy winner the Oilers/Titans drafted (Eddie George) worked out pretty well.

Posted by notguilty on 05/08/2015 at 1:14 PM

Re: “Bosnian, Serbian fight together on Lipscomb's basketball court

Author, you should be ashamed of your reporting. First off, Yugoslavia was not ever Eastern Europe, nor were we in the Eastern Bloc. Second, the war was not between Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina, but a civil war within Yugoslavia. Serbs "did not" ethnically cleanse anyone, and for your info, 200,000 Serbs were chased out by Ustasas in Croatia. Serbs lived in those parts since forever. Typical ignorant reporting, just like most American is. Milosevic was just one of those who did not help the situation, nor did Tudjman, and others. Shame on you for picking sides. You wonder why people dislike USA. Because of people like you.

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Posted by Nemam Ime on 04/28/2015 at 6:12 PM

Re: “Sports can bind parent to child when nothing else can

I teared up reading this. My husband and I have been taking our son to Predators games since he was 3 months old. He's now 3.5, and he eats, sleeps, and breathes hockey. He knows all the cheers, most players by name, and every team in the NHL. When we introduced hockey to him over 3 years ago, I never imagined the passion for the sport that would develop. I am amazed every day when he mimics something new from the game while playing on game on the living room floor and pretending to be Shea Weber or Pekka Rinne. Just like you, I hope to always share that love for the game. It's a special bond.

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Posted by PredsFanMom on 04/28/2015 at 3:22 PM

Re: “Sports can bind parent to child when nothing else can

I'll never forget the pure joy when I saw my then 3 year old daughter sing "Chelios is a sissy" for three hours straight when we would play the Wings. She is now a 10 year old with a special talent for heckling Blackhawks fans.

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Posted by Greg Atwood on 04/24/2015 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Sports can bind parent to child when nothing else can

This is a marvelous piece. Tears in eyes. Way to go, J.R.

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Posted by browsin' on 04/23/2015 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Smart money says the Blackhawks will snatch the Stanley Cup. Can the Preds make the smart money look stupid?

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Posted by Shahid Shaheryar on 04/22/2015 at 5:16 AM

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