NASHVILLE, TN – Nashville SC’s final preseason match against Birmingham Legion, scheduled to take place Saturday night at Nissan Stadium, has been cancelled due to transportation issues. More details in the press release:
Nashville Soccer Club and Birmingham Legion FC have announced that due to transportation difficulties that prohibited Birmingham from arriving in Nashville, the preseason match scheduled to take place at 7:30 p.m. CT at Nissan Stadium has been cancelled.
As a result of today’s announcement, the media availability with Head Coach Gary Smith has also been cancelled.
It’s far from ideal for Nashville. With the cancellation, they’ve played just two preseason matches, both wins against USL Championship opponents. Players like Jhonder Cádiz and Daniel Ríos, who both needed a strong preseason showing to find their form, didn’t see the field. It’s unfortunate that a flat tire forced a cancellation, but on the bright side it’s nothing that could cause more issues down the road.
It’s also unfortunate that head coach Gary Smith’s media availability was cancelled. With the already limited information coming out of Nashville’s camp, his press conferences are a rare opportunity to gain insight into the overall progress in training camp and get updates on how the squad is shaping up before the season. Saturday’s match could bring several selection surprises as a result.
Nashville will take on FC Cincinnati in their first match of the 2021 MLS season next Saturday, April 17, eighteen days after their last preseason contest.