Mike Jacobs

Nashville SC

General Manager
General Manager Mike Jacobs joined Nashville SC in 2018 after serving as Sporting Kansas City’s assistant technical director from 2015 to 2017, where they won the 2015 and 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and reached the MLS playoffs in each season.

Under the leadership of Jacobs, Nashville SC has reached the postseason in three consecutive years in MLS and the USL Championship. 

Jacobs and his staff made headlines prior to the 2020 MLS season by acquiring United States Men’s National Team center back Walker Zimmerman in a record-breaking trade. Zimmerman would go on to score the first goal in Nashville’s MLS history in front of a crowd of 59,069 at Nissan Stadium on Feb. 29 and was named the MLS Defender of the Year and MLS Best XI.

Nashville’s inaugural season in MLS saw Jacobs constructed a historic roster by using an innovative analytics approach to acquire MLS veterans such as Dax McCarty, Anibal Godoy and Daniel Lovitz, mixed with international talent in Hany Mukhtar and Randall Leal that would go on to earn two Audi MLS Cup Playoff victories on their way to the Eastern Conference Semifinals, becoming the first expansion team to accomplish this goal since the 1998 Chicago Fire FC. 

Jacobs turned his sights to 2021 by acquiring veteran CJ Sapong in the attacking front who as of Sept. 11 has recorded nine goals and went a stretch of matches scoring eight goals in nine starts in route to a campaign that has seen a Nashville SC side remain above the playoff line since June 24, reaching as high as second place in the Eastern Conference and has gone a stretch of 15 matches without a home loss, the longest active unbeaten streak in MLS that dates back to Nov. 20, 2020.