NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — A new group "MLS2Nashville" was announced Thursday which is made up of Middle Tennesseans committed to bringing a Major League Soccer team to Music City.
The group is made up of more than 100 members, with Tennessee Titans icon Eddie George and supermodel and philanthropist Lily Aldridge will serve as honorary co-chairs.
The first task at hand for the new group is the #GoldRecord, in which they will be trying to beat the record at the July 8 Gold Cup for the most people to ever watch a soccer game in Tennessee.
“This is a special time for Nashville,” said Nashville Mayor Megan Barry. “I’m proud to see so many coming together to support the growth of the global game in Nashville and elevate our profile on a national and international stage.”
Nissan Stadium is hosting the match which features the U.S. Men’s National Team against Panama. The current attendance record is 44,835, set during the U.S. men’s national team match against Guatemala at Nissan Stadium on July 3, 2015.
“A united Nashville is hard to beat,” said John R. Ingram, the lead investor for Nashville’s MLS expansion bid and majority owner of Nashville SC, the United Soccer League (USL) club set to launch in 2018. “I’m incredibly grateful to see so many folks rallying behind this effort – not only to support our push for MLS, but also to grow the game at every level.”