A movement is going through the Nashville metro area. A movement that is revolutionary in it self of the usual thinking of American sports fans. A movement we call, Nashville Football Club.
Nashville Football Club is a one hundred percent owned supporter owned soccer club. What does that mean? It means exactly how it sounds. You are the owner. Supporters of the club buy memberships, which in turn becomes your card to ownership of the club. The supporters hold rights to make important club decisions like jerseys, scheduling, and other major decisions that effect the club in any way. This is revolutionary in the way that this is the first and only completely owned soccer club by supporters in the United States. It goes away from the norm of one, big money owner like all of the top professional sports leagues in North America. A group of owners, known as the NFC Roadies, have become the heart and extremely passionate soul of the club, and even deeper within this group, three owners have started a podcast called, The Roadie Sound Check.
The Roadie Sound Check is the weekly podcast hosted by owners and fans Brian Taylor, Chase Caudill, and Connor Ulrey. They discuss important news around the world of soccer, from local clubs and leagues like Nashville FC and Major League Soccer to the international leagues like England’s Barclay’s Premier League and Spain’s La Liga. They try to wrap up the week in the soccer world so that the majority of their local listeners can have the soccer news and knowledge they need to keep up with some of the more hardcore fans. They also give MLS score recaps and transfer market gossip news. For only a thirty-minute show, they are able to pack in a ton of vital information into such a small amount of time.
As a relatively knowledgeable soccer fan myself, this show is a great tool for all of the novice fans coming into the American soccer scene after the boom of the previous FIFA World Cup. Nashville was one of the top cities for attendance amongst American Outlaw viewing parties in the United States. The American Outlaws are the official US Men’s National Team’s supporters group, and they themselves have reported spikes in memberships. The podcast provides that foot in the door for these new fans. The hosts try to discuss topics in a manner where the rookies of soccer will understand what’s going, but also to consider that they have viewers that are veterans of the beautiful game. They make sure it’s a level playing field for all, and that if the listeners ever met up, one wouldn’t feel like they were talking to a child and the other an angry old man about the game they all love.
The personality of each host is what really drives the show forward into a serious podcast program. The ringleader of the show, Brian Taylor, has the quick-witted humor to keep the banter of everyone in check. Chase Caudill, basically Brian’s sidekick, offers up excellent opinions on the form of players, and makes sure to throw in the occasional pun, a running gag on the show to annoy Brian. Finally, Connor Ulrey is the show’s stat guy. He’s got his notes ready to provide the viewers with top goal scorers, point standings, and other key numbers figures. All of these guys wrapped up provides a solid soccer podcast for any American who wants to experience the beautiful game for the first time, or the hardcore fan who already eats, breathes, and sleeps soccer to begin with.
CHECK OUT THE LATEST EPISODE OF THE ROADIE SOUND CHECK HERE