Recap: Nashville SC 1-2 Toronto FC (Preseason)

Nashville SC closed out the first leg of their preseason camp with a 2-1 friendly loss to Toronto, a match that saw Hany Mukhtar play his first minutes of 2024.

The match was split into four 30-minute quarters, with Gary Smith saying after the match that tired legs from a heavy preseason load caught up to the Coyotes in the Florida heat.

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Federico Bernardeschi struck first in the opening quarter, bending a ball past Joe Willis to the bottom corner.

Lorenzo Insigne doubled the lead, collecting a pass from DeAndre Kerr at the top of the box before curling it past a stranded Joe Willis.

Hany Mukhtar came on as a substitute, the first preseason action for Nashville’s creative force. The no. 10 made an immediate impact, setting up Forster Ajago to pull a goal back.

The Coyotes head back to Nashville to conclude their preseason, playing a pair of friendly matches at Geodis Park before traveling to the Dominican Republic to take on Moca FC in the Concacaf Champions Cup. Their preseason match on February 7 is open to season ticket members.

Squad preseason stats

1Joe Willis300
2Dan Lovitz000
3Lukas MacNaughton300
5Jack Maher300
8Randall Leal100
9Sam Surridge300
10Hany Mukhtar101
11Tyler Boyd311
12Teal Bunbury100
13Joey Skinner300
14Jacob Shaffelburg311
16Dru Yearwood300
17McKinze Gaines311
18Shaq Moore200
19Alex Muyl300
20Aníbal Godoy200
21Forster Ajago310
22Josh Bauer300
23Taylor Washington300
25Walker Zimmerman000
27Brian Anunga300
30Elliot Panicco300
54Sean Davis300
67Ben Martino000
77Adem Sipić300
Author: Ben Wrightis the Director of Soccer Content and a Senior MLS Contributor for Broadway Sports covering Nashville SC and the US National Team. Previously Ben was the editor and a founder of Speedway Soccer, where he has covered Nashville SC and their time in USL before journeying to Major League Soccer since 2018. Raised in Louisville, KY Ben grew up playing before a knee injury ended his competitive career. When he is not talking soccer he is probably producing music, drinking coffee or hanging out with his wife and kids. Mastodon

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