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Preview: Toronto FC vs Nashville SC

By on May 15, 2024 0 511 Views

After a 3-2 weekend loss at BMO Field to New York City, the Reds are on the road for some mid-week MLS action in Nashville.

Saturday’s loss saw Toronto’s five-match winning streak in all competitions come to an end and the opportunity to slot into the second place position in the Eastern Conference fade away.

The Reds will have a tough week ahead as they are set to play two games in the span of four days, the first being away at Nashville and the second welcoming rivals CF Montreal. However, TFC will be missing a high number of players due to injuries and suspensions following Saturday night’s on-field altercation.

Tom Bogert reports that the MLS disciplinary committee has contacted TFC following its end-of-game brawl with NYCFC, with the following suspensions being listed for Richie Laryea, Prince Owusu, Sean Johnson, and head coach John Herdman (and for NYCFC, Strahinja Tanasijevic):

The circumstances of the brawl are yet to be resolved, with head coach John Herdman stating that his players had informed him a 19-year-old TFC athlete had been punched by New York coach Nick Cushing in their earlier March-time meeting, resulting in bad blood last week. Cushing has repeatedly denied the allegations.

In addition to the above suspension, Toronto FC will also be without Federico Bernardeschi as he picked up a straight red in Saturday’s brawl and won’t have Kevin Long through yellow card accumulation.

TFC will also be without captain Jonathan Osorio as he has been ruled out with a thigh injury, while Jakheele-Marshall Rutty, Shane O’Neill, and Brandon Servania are also listed as out with knocks.

The circumstances of injuries and suspensions for Toronto will make it all tricky for the Reds to pull of a win without head coach John Herdman at the game to lead and with the fact that Nashville is also coming off a loss against Charlotte, this will make the home team extra eager to perform in front of the home crowd to retrieve the three points.

Still, the Reds have the chance to equal their 22 point total from all of last season with a victory against Nashville. Catch the action tonight kickoff at 8:30PM EST.

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