The last pro team in Nashville was the Nashville Metros, who spent five years in the A-League (1997-2001) during a 22-year run in the USL that began with the indoor SISL
in 1991 and ended in the PDL in 2012 when their coach was former U.S. international Brent Goulet.
"We are very proud and excited to welcome Nashville to the USL and look forward to a very rewarding partnership with David, Marcus, Christopher and the entire DMD Soccer team," said USL CEO Alec Papadakis. "We have long identified Nashville as a USL destination due to its economic vibrancy and growing millennial and international populations. DMD Soccer group met all of our tenets of strong local ownership groups, achievable soccer-specific stadium plans, and a passionate soccer fan base."
The 2016 USL season began with 29 teams. The league will add Reno 1868 FC for the 2017 season, while the Austin Aztex are sitting out of the 2016 season as they seek a new stadium. The USL expanded from 14 teams in 2014 to 24 teams in 2015.