After suffering their first defeat of the season, Nashville SC look to return to form when they host Toronto FC on Wednesday night.
Nashville's club-record seven-game unbeaten run ended last Friday with a 2-0 road loss to the New York Red Bulls. Nashville (2-1-5, 11 points) had managed to come back from two-goal deficits in three previous games already this season, but "we just can't do it all the time," coach Gary Smith said.
"When you're a goal or two down ... somebody's got to step up and get us back into the game," Smith said. "But, maybe this is one game too many, where we've been asked to recover two goals."
Wednesday's contest opens a five-game homestand for Nashville. The second-year team has already played five of its eight games at home this season, and Nashville is 6-1-8 all-time in home matches.
While Nashville has only one defeat, Toronto (1-5-2, 5 points) has only one victory. A tough start to the season continued with a 3-2 loss to Orlando City last Saturday.
Toronto FC almost managed their own two-goal comeback, equalizing the score after conceding two goals in the first eight minutes. However, a turnover led to Junior Urso's winning goal for Orlando in the 84th minute.
"We were the better the team on the field today, I think by far ... so it's very frustrating," Toronto midfielder Jonathan Osorio said. "Very frustrating for us, a game that we need to come out with three points for a performance. ... Guys will make mistakes, and as a team we need to try to cover those as much as possible to give ourselves a chance to win."
Alejandro Pozuelo made his first start of the season for Toronto, playing the full 90 minutes and sparking the attack. Pozuelo had three shots on goal and recorded an assist on Osorio's 39th-minute goal.
This is the first regular-season meeting between Toronto FC and Nashville SC. The two teams met in the MLS Cup playoffs last season, with seventh-seeded Nashville scoring a 1-0 upset to eliminate second-seed Toronto.
--Field Level Media