Major League Soccer is getting ready to put players back on the pitch and bring soccer back after the COVID-19 hiatus, and Nashville SC is switching conferences.
This Spring, Nashville SC was gearing up for its debut season with the MLS. Unfortunately, COVID-19 delayed the 2020 season, but now the MLS is getting ready to bring soccer back to the United States and, more importantly, bring soccer to Nashville.
Going into the 2020 season, Nashville SC was in the Western Conference. I still find it weird for professional Tennessee teams to be in the Western Conference. The Nashville Predators and Memphis Grizzlies are also in the Western Conference.
Nashville SC won’t be in the Western Conference for the 2020 season, though, as MLS has announced that Nashville is moving to the Eastern Conference for the remainder of the 2020 season.
This looks to be a short-term move for only 2020 as the MLS moves to the MLS is Back Tournament to decide its 2020 champion. The MLS said that Nashville’s move from the Western Conference to the Eastern Conference is to ensure that the six groups in the tournament have an even number of teams.
"“Moving to the Eastern Conference is great for Nashville SC and our fans,” said Mike Jacobs, Nashville SC general manager in a team release. “Soccer is so tribal, and the opportunity to play this 2020 season against regional rivals in proximity to Nashville is really important for our club on and off the pitch.”"
The tournament will take place at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports, which is where many are thinking we could see the 2020 NBA season moved to for the remainder of its season.
The light at the end of the sports tunnel is getting bigger by the day as most leagues are finding solutions to finish their season and unique formats to do it in to offer fans a new experience after the season was previously cut short.