NASHVILLE, Tenn. - What started as a small operation has turned into a bustling one. People selling tickets and merchandise while others figure out logistics of launching a new sports team and signing players to the roster.
Nashville SC will be Nashville's first taste of professional soccer as a part of the United Soccer League (USL).
"It's a free-flowing, exciting, energetic, and passionate sport," Gary Smith, head coach for Nashville SC, said.
Smith took the helm in the beginning of 2017, and he said the announcement of Nashville being a finalist for an MLS franchise will launch even more excitement for soccer in Music City.
"The announcement this morning continues the momentum and the energy that we've seen," Smith said.
Smith coached in the MLS, leading Colorado to an MLS Cup, and his goal with Nashville SC has been to create an atmosphere rivaling any other professional sport and inspiring athletes for generations.
The first game for Nashville SC has been scheduled for February 10 at First Tennessee Park, and it's against one of the newest MLS teams, Atlanta United FC.
"It should be a wonderful matchup and a great piece of history, very first game, and I would like to think the start to a fabulous rivalry," Smith said.
While the goal will be to win games, there will also be a large focus to win over the fan base and soccer fans in general.
"We want the fans to get behind us, be passionate, be raucous and loud at home games," Smith said.
While professional soccer in Nashville will start with USL, the sky is the limit for the world's sport in Music City.
"This for Nashvillians is really the starting point of something much bigger," Smith said.
Nashville SC has been expected to announce the first players on their roster in the coming days.