Nashville Preps For Gold Cup With MLS Watching


>>>SOME OF THE BEST SOCCER PLAYERS AROUND ARE IN NASHVILLE FOR TOMORROW’S GOLD-CUP MATCH BETWEEN THE U.S. AND PANAMA. NEWSCHANNEL5’S JESSE KNUTSON JOINS US LIVE. JESSE, THE HOPE IS THAT THIS WILL BE THE MOST-ATTENDED SOCCER GAME IN TENNESSEE HISTORY.>>REPORTER: THAT IS RIGHT, RHORI. SO FAR MORE THAN 40,000 TICKETS HAVE BEEN SOLD FOR THIS GAME, BUT THEY’RE HOPING TO SELL MORE THAN 45,000 BEFORE KICKOFF TOMORROW TO BREAK THAT RECORD. WHILE THE FOCUS WILL BE ON SUPPORTING THE MEN’S NASHVILLE TEAM, BUT SUPPORTERS ARE HOPING WE CAN SHOW AS A CITY THAT NASHVILLE IS A SOCCER TOWN AND CAN SUPPORT A PROFESSIONAL MLS SOCCER TEAM. WE SPOKE TO MEMBERS OF THE NASHVILLE TEAM AND SAY IT WOULD BE A GOOD FIT.>>YEAH, ABSOLUTELY. THERE’S A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT HERE. IF THEY COME TO THE SOCCER GAME THAT WOULD BE PRETTY GOOD.>>YOU CAN FEEL THE LOVE EVERY TIME WE COME TO PLAY, AND EVERY TIME WE’VE BEEN HERE ITS BEEN FANTASTIC, AND OBVIOUSLY WITH, I THINK, THEY SAID ALMOST 40,000 TICKETS SOLD FOR TOMORROW I THINK THAT SPEAKS FOR ITSELF. I THINK THE NASHVILLE — THE CITY ITSELF TO US HAS BEEN VERY GOOD. THE GUYS HAVE LOVED IT, SO I DON’T SEE WHY NOT.>>REPORTER: NOW, THE TEAM HAS BEEN IN NASHVILLE ALL WEEK PRACTICING AND ALL WEEK THE EXCITEMENT AROUND THIS GAME HAS BEEN BUILDING. THE GOLD CUP HAPPENS EVERY TWO YEARS AND IS THE REGIONAL TOURNAMENT FOR NORTH AMERICA, MIDDLE AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN. AND OF COURSE THE MLS WILL BE LOOKING AT HOW NASHVILLIANS SUPPORT THE TEAM TOMORROW AND HOW THEY ACT AT SUCH A LARGE SOCCER EVENT. IT’S NOT JUST THIS WEEKEND THE MLS IS LOOKING AT. THEY SAY THE SUCCESS OF THE PREDS IN THE STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS AND ALL THE SUPPORT THE CITY SHOWED REALLY HELPED THEM VISUALIZE WHAT NASHVILLE COULD PROVIDE AS A SOCCER TOWN.>>THE SPORT IS AT ITS BEST. YOU TAKE THE CHARACTER OF THE CITY, COMBINE IT WITH THE PASSION OF A FAN BASE AND CREATE LASTING MEMORIES. THAT HAPPENED WITH YOUR HOCKEY TEAM, AND WHEN WE LOOK AT THAT WE SAY, BOY, IF YOU COULD HAVE THE RIGHT SOCCER TEAM AND IF IT COULD BE SUCCESSFUL THEN IT CAN GIVE US THAT KIND OF SUCCESS.>>REPORTER: NOW, MLS WILL SELECT TWO NEW EXPANSION TEAMS IN DECEMBER AND THEY’LL ANNOUNCE TWO MORE ADDITIONAL NEXT YEAR. THE HOPE IS THAT NASHVILLE WILL BE ONE OF THOSE FOUR TEAMS, AND IF YOU PLAN TO GO TO THE GAME TOMORROW TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM, TICKETS ARE STILL ON SALE. THE KICKOFF IS SCHEDULED FOR 3:30.

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