Preview: Toronto FC looking to find a way back into the win column against Nashville
TORONTO, Ont. - Toronto FC failed to pick up a win after the international break on the weekend, and are still searching for their second win of the season through eight matches. The Reds will get their next chance on Wednesday night when they travel to Tennessee to take on Nashville SC.
Kick off is scheduled for 8:30 PM EST and can be watched on TSN.
Last weekend’s result was not what the Reds were looking for, but there were some positives that did come out of it, including a healthy Alejandro Pozuelo. The Spaniard’s inclusion in the starting line up helped the offence become dangerous once again, with Pozuelo linking up with striker Ayo Akinola and midfielder Jonathan Osorio to score the club’s two goals. The 2020 MLS MVP may have had a goal of his own as well were it not for hitting the post.
The match up with Orlando, however, also showed that the international break wasn’t long enough to work on the part of TFC’s game that has hurt them the most - their defence. The Reds were once again chasing the game inside 10 minutes after going down 2-0 on Saturday. Goalkeeper Quentin Westberg who made his first season debut was at fault for Orlando’s second goal, and the discussion for who should be the Reds starter will become a point of contention once again.
In Westberg’s defence, it is a tough ask to have a goalie come in for his game of the season and look sharp right off the bat. His early mistake won’t have helped his confidence either. While fellow ‘keeper Alex Bono has been far from perfect either, it will be telling to see who Armas turns to for Wednesday night’s match up.
The Reds are scheduled to play on Wednesday night in Nashville, and ‘host’ Cincinnati on Saturday night. While on most occasions it would be easy to look at games ahead and try and rotate the squad, Armas doesn’t have that flexibility any more.
Speaking to the media ahead of Wednesday night’s matchup, veteran defender Omar Gonzalez was adamant that the squad is looking at their matchup with Nashville as a “championship game”. At this point that can be the only attitude that the Reds have and Armas will need to put out his strongest possible lineup. The Reds came away from the weekend without adding any new injuries, so the TFC head coach won’t have any new headaches while selecting his team on Wednesday.