MEMPHIS, Tenn. – 901 Day — Sept. 1 — marked the opening for professional soccer in Memphis on Saturday and the first game was a sellout.
Memphis 901 FC was unveiled as Downtown Memphis’ newest professional sports team at 9:01 a.m., before a sold-out crowd of 8,957 witnessed Major League Soccer’s Colorado Rapids taking down the United Soccer League’s Tulsa Roughnecks FC 3-2 at Autozone Park.
Memphian and Memphis 901 FC adviser Tim Howard was in goal for the Rapids, giving the crowd a chance to witness one of the greatest soccer players in American history. The match was tied at the half, before the Rapids got the winning goal just one minute into the second half.
Season tickets for Memphis 901 FC are on sale now and can be purchased at www.memphis901fc.com. Follow Memphis 901 FC on social media on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Memphis 901 FC released some information on the team:
“The Memphis 901 FC franchise was announced on Jan. 8, 2018 and will begin play at AutoZone Park in Downtown Memphis as part of the United Soccer League in 2019. Memphis 901 FC, led by Principal Owner Peter Freund, President Craig Unger, Sporting Director Andrew Bell, and head coach Tim Mulqueen, is part of a market that includes over 8,000 youth soccer players, an established American Outlaws chapter, and strong collegiate programs. Upon joining the USL, Memphis 901 FC will be part of a southern radius that includes 10 teams within 500 miles of each other.
Soccer returns to Memphis.
A #SoccerShowdown sellout.
— Memphis 901 FC (@Memphis901FC) September 2, 2018