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USMNT turnout boosts Nashville's MLS expansion bid

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Under the north side Jumbotron of Nissan Stadium, MLS2Nashville Committee co-founder Will Alexander stood looking at 47,622 boisterous soccer fans mostly clad in red, white and blue.

Saturday’s attendance for U.S. men’s soccer’s opening match against Panama in the CONCACAF Gold Cup set the Tennessee record for fans at a soccer game. 

While the attendance record won’t solidify Nashville’s chances of Major League Soccer granting a franchise expansion here, the goal for Alexander was always to put the city’s best foot forward. Mission accomplished, he said.

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“There is only one city in the United States that gets to host the U.S. opening-round game, and to have them training here for the last two weeks, it looks like Nashville rose to the occasion,” Alexander said. “It’s a…

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