is an American soccer
team based in Nashville, Tennessee
, United States
. Founded in 1989, the team plays in the USL Premier Development League
(PDL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid
, in the Southeast Division of the Southern Conference. The Metros are the longest continuously owned and operated soccer club in the country.
The team plays its home games at Ezell Park
, where they have played since 1997. The team's colors are red, blue and white.
The Metros were founded by Lynn Agee
and Devinder Sandhu
. They began play in the Sunbelt Independent Soccer League
) in 1990 but, due to a lack of indoor facilities, the Metros played their entire first season on the road, before finding facilities in Smyrna
. The Metros continued to play indoors until 1996, but only managed to win six matches in six seasons. They played outdoors in the USL Premier League during much of the same period, with significantly better results.
The Metros then moved to the A-League
second division in 1997, and began concentrating more specifically on outdoor soccer. They made their first U.S. Open Cup
appearance in 1998, but were forced to reorganize in 1999 due to financial circumstances. The side became the Tennessee Rhythm
and moved from Nashville to Franklin
, but returned to their original venue in 2001, reverting to their original name at the same time. In 2002 the Metros moved down from the A-League to the PDL
, mainly due to their ground’s substandard... Read More