Trust meets with team ownership and management


NASHVILLE — The Nashville Soccer Supporters Trust kicked off its formal relationship with Nashville MLS chief executive officer Ian Ayre on Monday evening as members of the Nashville soccer community gathered with both Nashville SC and Nashville MLS ownership and management for its 2018 year-end meeting.

Ayre, who came to Nashville following a successful front office career in Europe, namely with Liverpool FC, recently took over the reins of Nashville SC in addition to his role with the future Nashville MLS side.

The Supporters Trust welcomed him with a gift of a Nashville FC game worn jersey. As Ayre leads NSC into the future, he will now have a piece of NSC’s past as a reminder of the team’s roots.

Over the course of the nearly 90-minute discussion, Ayre and NSC ownership addressed questions related to Nashville’s forthcoming MLS branding, how the Nashville academy and reserve system will operate, and various other topics. 

The Trust will publish Ayre’s responses to all the board’s questions in due course.

The meeting was the first in what all parties agree will be an ongoing relationship between the club and the Trust, which will host 3 to 4 meetings a year with Ayre and ownership in order to ensure that a strong communication/feedback channel is maintained between the USL and MLS teams and their supporters. Also on hand for the meeting, representing ownership, were Chris Redhage and Marcus Whitney as well as Ron Deal and Chris Jones, who are each members of the NSC front office.

Clay Trainum