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21st Feb 2019

The crest and name of Major League Soccer’s newest team has been released

Wayne Farry

They will be joining Major League Soccer in 2020.

MLS’ newest team has been revealed for the first time as Nashville Soccer Club, after an unveiling ceremony at the city’s Marathon Music Works.

It was announced in 2017 that Nashville would be getting an MLS team, a year after Nashville SC were formed.

The club has been playing its football in the United Soccer League (USL) since last year, and will enter MLS in a year’s time.

“This is another big moment for us on the road to getting this all pulled together and getting to MLS,” Nashville owner John Ingram said. “It’s been a little over two years and there’s been a lot we’ve gotten done and this is a big milestone.”

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In a statement, the club explained the reasoning behind the crest and the choice of colours, saying that it features “themes of sound and energy” –  a good choice for a city synonymous with music, and that the colours are “Acoustic Blue” and “Electric Gold”.

“Gold is our primary club colour, and we need to own that colour in the sport,” said Nashville SC CEO Ian Ayre, former chairman of Liverpool. “As we grow as a team, we want to be recognisable by our colour, our name and our values as a club.

“It was important to us that we started that by bringing the brand to life in a uniquely Nashville setting with our supporters, our partners, our owners, Major League Soccer and everyone who made this possible, and of course with music.”

The club is one of a number of new teams to either join MLS or be confirmed as future teams in recent years. Since 2015 New York City, Orlando City, Atlanta United, Minnesota United and LAFC have all joined the league, with FC Cincinnati (2019), Nashville SC, Inter Miami (2020) and Austin FC (2021) set to join in the coming years.