Preview: Nashville SC v Toronto FC

After a mid week trip out west, Nashville SC come back with a point after a 1-1 draw. Tonight, they take on a Toronto FC team that is looking to get their season back on track after a big transfer window.

Can the ‘Yotes pick up their first win at home since May 18th? Will Toronto be the next team to pick up a result at GEODIS Park?

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Nashville SC

Current standing: 6th (West) | 8-9-7 | +1 GD

QUESTIONABLE: Aníbal Godoy (thigh)
OUT: Aké Loba (trunk)

Nashville SC left Providence Park with a point but the end result left players and fans frustrated. I am not one to bring up referee performances in the context of results but several key decisions went against the Boys in Gold.

Tonight, they head back to GEODIS Park as they look to get a needed win at home. There have been too many instances, including last Saturday against Vancouver, that Nashville has allowed teams to stay in the match for too long.

Against the second worst team in the East, you have to win at home.

Predicted Nashville SC XI

Coming off a midweek match, Gary Smith will be have to take fitness into account with his selection. One of the biggest areas of the pitch were rotation has been a factor is in the midfield but fortunately, Aníbal Godoy has been upgraded to questionable. I dont expect him to start against Toronto but could be a nice option to come off the bench and start to get his fitness back.

The biggest frustration for this team has been their struggles in the attack. Nashville has failed to score multiple goals in their past six matches and too often have chosen to sit back after going ahead. Against an often porous Toronto defense, Nashville should look to take advantage.

Nashville has looked an attacker or two light and the end of the transfer window saw Nashville pick up Toronto FC winger, Jacob Shaffelburg on loan. However, due to MLS loan rules, Shaffelburg will be unavailable for selection.

If Hany Mukhtar can spark this offense back to life, Nashville should come out of the match with a win.

Toronto FC

Current standing: 12th (East) | 6-5-12 | -9 GD

QUESTIONABLE: Mark-Anthony Kaye (lower body)
OUT: Noble Okello (lower body), Quentin Westberg (lower body)

Toronto FC came into this season in the midst of a transition. Long-time designated player, Jozy Altidore, was released, Yefferson Soteldo was shipped out to Tigres and Bob Bradley was brought in to help rebuild this team.

In the off-season, TFC made one of the biggest signings in league history as they signed Lorenzo Insigne to a long-term contract. Unfortunately, Insigne would not be joining until after the Serie A season concluded. The name of the game was going to be survival until the summer window.

However, the first half of the season did not go as planned. Carlos Salcedo was signed to help steady an unstable defense but struggled both on the pitch and with family issues off the pitch resulting in him being released from his contract.

The summer transfer window allowed TFC to bring in some much-needed replacements. Lorenzo Insigne was finally added to the squad along with fellow Italian winger Federico Bernardeschi and Mark Anthony Kaye was signed to bolster the midfield.

Predicted Toronto XI

Pod picks

Andy Simmons

Score: Nashville 2 – 0 Toronto
Scores: Randall Leal, Hany Mukhtar
MOTM: Hany Mukhtar
Bold Prediction: Leal hits a banger from outside the 18-yard box

Jonathan Slape

Score: Nashville 3 – 2 Toronto
Scorers: Hany Mukhtar, Randall Leal, Walker Zimmerman
MOTM: Hany Mukhtar
Bold Prediction: Zimmerman scores the game-winner.

Chris Ivey

Score: Nashville 2 – 2 Toronto
Scorers: Hany Mukhtar, Randall Leal
MOTM: Hany Mukhtar
Bold Prediction: Nashville gets the equalizer late in the second half

Ben Wright

Score: Nashville 3 – 1 Toronto
Scorers: Hany Mukhtar (x2), Teal Bunbury
MOTM: Hany Mukhtar
Bold Prediction: Nashville concede inside 10 minutes and come back.

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Match Info

Teams: Nashville SC vs Toronto FC
Odds: Nashville (-120), Draw (+260), Toronto (+290) via BetMGM
Date: Sunday, August 6
Time: 7:00 PM Central, GEODIS Park, Nashville, Tennessee
Radio: iHeartRadio Online (English); El Jefe 96.7 (Spanish)
Forecast: 90°/73°. Partly Cloudy 14% chance of rain. 55% humidity

Author: Jonathan Slapeoriginated from outside of Atlanta but has lived in Nashville since 2005. Original member of Speedway Soccer and has been talking and occasionally writing about Nashville SC since the USL days. Self proclaimed official fashion correspondent. Outside of Nashville SC you can find him singing the praises of Jurgen Klopp, discussing the latest in sneakers and soccer fashion with a good stiff drink.

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