Toronto FC hit with suspensions ahead of Nashville SC match

The MLS Disciplinary Committee handed out additional suspensions to Toronto FC on Wednesday morning ahead of their match against Nashville SC.

Head coach John Herdman, goalkeeper Sean Johnson and defender Richie Laryea will all be suspended for tonight’s match in Nashville while the league continues to review their post-match incident against New York City FC last weekend. The two sides were involved in a significant post-match scuffle following NYCFC’s 3-2 win in Toronto, with Johnson and Laryea heavily involved.

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TFC forwards Federico Bernardeschi and Prince Owusu were shown red cards during the incident, making them also unavailable for tonight’s match.

Following the match, Herdman accused NYCFC head coach Nick Cushing of punching an unnamed Toronto player after their March 16 meeting, a match which NYCFC also won. Cushing has vehemently denied these allegations, while both clubs have sent video footage to the league from the tunnel where the incident was alleged to have taken place.

The additional suspensions leave Toronto incredibly shorthanded for the Nashville match. Along with Herdman, they will be without Federico Bernardeschi, Sean Johnson, Richie Laryea, Prince Owusu and Kevin Long (all suspended), and Jonathan Osorio, Jakeel Marshall-Rutty, Shane O’Neill and Brandon Servania (all injured). In total, Toronto’s missing players have scored 10 goals and assisted five of Toronto’s 15 goals this season.

With Herdman serving a touchline ban, Toronto will have to get creative to put together a strong XI. Lorenzo Insigne is available, but played just 15 minutes in his first appearance after a two-month injury last week. He seems set to make another appearance off the bench.

Nashville SC and Toronto FC kick off tonight at 7:30 CT at Geodis Park. The match will be broadcast on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV. For more information, check out our in-depth match preview.

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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