Nashville SC faces Mexican opposition for the first time this season at home on Thursday at 7:30 CT.
After winning their first match against the Colorado Rapids, the Boys in Gold have a chance to move onto the knockout stages of the Leagues Cup with a win against Mexican side Toluca FC.
Date: Thursday, July 27
Time: 7:30 p.m. CT
Location: GEODIS Park (Nashville, Tenn.)
Welcoming Sam – On Tuesday, Nashville SC announced English striker Sam Surridge as Nashville’s newest striker. The 6’3” forward joined from Premier League side Nottingham Forest as the team’s third Designated Player alongside reigning MLS MVP Hany Mukhtar and captain Walker Zimmerman.
“Sam’s an individual we all looked at an awful lot,” said head coach Gary Smith. “He’s got a number of different qualities that are going to help the side massively. The most important one, of course, is that in and around the penalty area, he’s got a good eye for goal, and he can score goals in different ways.”
New opponent, old rivalry – This edition of the Leagues Cup is creating a considerable amount of new matchups across the U.S. - Mexico border, but the fiery rivalry that stems from the two countries’ national teams will play a role in Nashville’s match up against Toluca.
“The U.S. - Mexico … rivalry and dichotomy if you will, is something that’s always had a little extra spice to it, and it definitely stems from the U.S. - Mexico rivalry on the international stage, for sure," said Dax McCarty. "If we’re being honest, I think the U.S., not only our national team but also MLS, has come so far … to really be competitive and on par with the Mexican clubs and the Mexican federation."
“Whether we like it or not, there’s always that built-in rivalry. There’s always that U.S. - Mexico rivalry that’s built into every game you play. I’m expecting tomorrow night to be no different."