Tennessee Soccer Club’s annual Tennessee Invitational on May 10-13 drew a crowd of about 20,000 people.
Williamson County played host to 318 teams — more than 4,500 players — from nine surrounding states. Teams from Illinois to Georgia flocked to Tennessee to battle against the best teams in the area.
“The TNI is recognized as one of the best tournaments in the region, drawing in quality teams from all over the area,” said Nolan Pittman, head coach of the Girls 04 Showcase. “It’s well-organized and the playing surfaces this year were really in top shape.”
A majority of the matches were played at Crocket Park in Brentwood and at the county soccer complex in Franklin.
The competition was fierce, but several down-home teams found great success in the tournament. Pittman’s team ended up winning the U15 championship, however it wasn’t all smooth sailing. After falling to the TUSC Girls 04 red team on Friday night, the Girls 04 Showcase rallied and defeated them in the championship round on Sunday.
“I’m tremendously proud of this 04 Showcase group. To have lost like we did on Friday and show the resolve to come back and beat that same team in the final speaks volumes about those girls and their character. I see it every night, day in and day out in training, so it’s no surprise to me, but it’s nice to enjoy the reward,” Pittman said. “These girls deserve it.”
This was the club’s first year to host the event in partnership with Emma Inc. an email marketing platform based out of Nashville.
Jimmy Drain, TSC tournament coordinator and event director, said none of this past weekend’s success would have been possible without the help of all the volunteers and club partners.
More than 40 club partners and vendors showed their support for the event throughout the weekend. Everyone from Moe’s Southwest Grill to Twice Daily were there to lend a hand. Also, 20 members of the recently announced 2019 Tennessee Soccer Club’s full-time staff were there to help coordinate and facilitate the event.
At the end of the day, Tennessee Soccer Club’s teams got to compete and measure up against some of the top talent from the Southeast and Midwest.
“We were really happy how everything turned out this year,” Drain said. “Fortunately, the weather cooperated and provided three great days for soccer.”