Nashville area’s two largest competitive youth clubs discuss brand, leadership
For Immediate Release
January 10, 2019
Brentwood, Tenn. – The board of directors and full-time staffs of the two largest competitive youth soccer clubs serving the Metropolitan Nashville area met in an extended joint meeting this past weekend to discuss a potential merger.
No votes were taken, but the two boards did reach informal consensus on several items:
• A merged club would operate under the Tennessee Soccer Club name.
• Current Tennessee Soccer Club Executive Director Stuart Brown would continue in that role in a merged club.
• Nashville FC Youth Executive Director Josh Severns would serve in a senior leadership role in a merged club.
• There would be no base uniform cost for returning Nashville FC Youth members for the first year under a merged club.
• Both clubs will hold separate town halls for their members in February on the potential merger.
In addition, both boards agreed a merger offers several opportunities for members of both clubs. A newly reconstituted club merging both staffs would mean a higher level of coaching for members of both clubs. In addition, larger player pools created by the merger would create more playing opportunities at higher levels for youth club members.
Board members also agreed a merged club would mean more field access across the board for members as well as a greater capacity for the merged non-profits to serve member families.
Leadership from both clubs said the process of due diligence will continue throughout the winter, with both clubs stressing members should come the open houses to get more information.
“Saturday’s meeting was likely unprecedented in youth soccer in Tennessee. It was a very positive meeting with a terrific exchange of ideas. We are moving forward with our due diligence, and we look forward to hearing from members,” said Nashville FC Youth Executive Board Chairman Tony McLarty.
“This past weekend was a very positive step,” added Tennessee Soccer Club Board President Brian Carlson. “There was a very meaningful exchange of ideas involving staff and board members. We plan to keep exploring the possibilities of this merger and its potential.”
When the merger talks were announced in December, club leaders said the discussion was a product of their collaboration to support the push to bring a Major League Soccer team to the city in 2017-18. Both clubs had coaches and volunteers on the MLS2Nashville Committee.
Each club now has approximately 1,500 players at either the recreational or competitive levels with teams based in Davidson, Williamson and Rutherford Counties.
Tennessee Soccer Club, based in Brentwood, is part of the Elite Club National League, one of the most prestigious youth soccer leagues in the country. The club has fielded three youth national championship teams on the boys and girls side.
Nashville FC Youth is based in Bellevue, and fields regionally competitive teams in the South and Midwest as well as a 1,000-player strong recreational league. The club also has performed outreach work to inner city youth to provide free soccer training.
Both clubs are members of the Tennessee State Soccer Association. The club boards will continue to consider the merger in the coming months.
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