The Nashville Metros will kick off their record-breaking 16th consecutive season this May with a Cinco de Mayo weekend doubleheader against two divisional rivals, the Austin Lightning and last year's divisional champions, the El Paso Patriots.
The soccer club will host Cinco de Mayo Festival activities for both the Friday, May 6 game against Austin and the Saturday, May 7 game against El Paso.
The Metros will begin their 16-game season with three of their first four games in the friendly confines of Nashville's Ezell Park Stadium. Then the team will have to become road warriors as they play six of their next eight games on the road before finishing up with three of four at home.
The Metros, who finished fourth in the always tough Mid South Division of the Premier Development League last season, will play home-and-home series with each of the other six teams in the division this year. They will also play home-and-home series against the Kansas City Brass and the expansion Springfield (Missouri) Storm, both from the PDL's Heartland Division.
New Metros Head Coach Obed Compean promises a new look for the 2005 Metros. Along with many familiar players and longtime fan favorites, the Metros plan to introduce to a national soccer audience for the first time the best young players from Nashville's rapidly growing Hispanic and international communities.
Compean said his goal this season is to win the Mid South Division and make the PDL playoffs.
"I think we'll be competitive from our first match," he said. "I think we'll be very tough at home and do the best we can on the road."
In addition to counting in the PDL standings, the first four matches of the season are qualifiers for US Soccer's 2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup national soccer championship tournament. The Metros last qualified for the prestigious tournament in 2001, when they fell in the second round to Major League Soccer's L.A. Galaxy.
Season tickets for the 2005 Metros season are now on sale at the team's web site at NashvilleMetrosSoccer.com. A 10-ticket Adult Flex Pass is just $50 while a 10-ticket Youth Flex Pass (16 and under) is $25. Flex pass tickets are good for any 2005 Metros match and can be used in any combination. Single game tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for youth.
For more information on the Metros, visit their web site at NashvilleMetrosSoccer.com.