NASHVILLE – With the USL playoffs on the horizon, Nashville Soccer Club has the opportunity to clinch a playoff berth with three points in front of a strong home crowd Tuesday against Toronto FC II. Tuesday’s match is a good opportunity to secure three points before facing USL Eastern Conference leaders FC Cincinnati on Saturday.
Last time Nashville SC played Toronto FC II, the Canadian team came into the match looking for its first win. Now, Toronto has not just taken a win against Nashville, but also playoff teams Louisville City FC and Charleston Battery. It’s a team that can be dangerous and has found a marksman in Tsubasa Endoh. Endoh leads the club with eight goals in just 13 appearances, including a hat trick in a 4-3 loss to FC Cincinnati.
Toronto keeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell will get a homecoming of sorts on Tuesday night as the Nashville native makes a return to the Music City. Patterson-Sewell was born in Hendersonville, Tenn. but moved to Australia at the age of six where he began his youth soccer career. Patterson Sewell is widely traveled having played for multiple USL and NASL clubs, along with a few years spent in the Primeira Liga in Portugal.
Nashville’s biggest storyline continues to center around the #GoldRush playoff push. Although there are six teams in the hunt for the final four spots in the Eastern Conference postseason, if the season ended today SC would be in the seventh-place spot. Looking at the other teams jockeying for the playoffs, Nashville has arguably the best shot to get into the playoffs due to the toughness of schedules for North Carolina FC and New York Red Bulls II in the final games. For a full recap of Nashville’s clinching scenario, read this story.
On the field, Nashville has four results in the last four matches. Including two big road victories. At home, SC has gone 0-1-2 in its last three and will try to get back to its season-long home form on Tuesday night. Eight of Nashville’s 12 wins have come at the friendly confines of First Tennessee. One more home win, against Toronto FC II, should secure that historic playoff berth.
Head Coach Gary Smith
“There is no getting away from how important this is. Once you get towards the end of the season, and the ability to clinch a playoff spot gets in sight, each game carries more importance than the next.
How to Watch
Tuesday’s match will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. CST and will be broadcast locally in Nashville on MyTV30. Fans across the country can tune in on ESPN+. An English radio broadcast will also be available on ESPN 94.9 Game 2 with a Spanish radio broadcast available on 96.7 El Jefe.