Zero wins, three points. That was Toronto FC II’s resume heading into this evening’s game against Nashville SC. Zero wins, zero draws, zero points away from The Six. That all changed tonight. 2-0 Toronto.
A Nashville SC team that was struggling, but not to the degree that it felt to many fans officially dropped its easiest game of the year to date. Indeed, given that this Toronto side is almost certainly the worst team in USL history, this might be the worst-ever result in league history. From a team that was in second place barely a month ago!
Nashville actually managed to put the ball into the back of the net twice, but both Brandon Allen marks were called back due to offside calls on a set piece (one of which was obvious and correct, the other of which was obvious and incorrect). Meanwhile, an egregious-but-understandable error from CJ Cochran gave up a penalty to Toronto FC II in the 24th minute, and Luca Uccello easily converted. Before NSC could catch its breath coming out of the half, a miscommunication between right back Kosuke Kimura and centerback London Woodberry led to a 47th-minute finish from Matthew Srbely off a long throw.
That would be all Toronto would need on a frustrating night where Nashville beat itself more than it was beaten by Toronto – at least on the offensive end of the pitch. NSC’s best chance outside the two set-piece offside calls was a free run in on goal from Lebo Moloto, before he was cynically dragged down from behind… drawing only a yellow card for Toronto defender Lars Eckenrode.
Nashville had already forfeited the margin of error it built up by performing solidly against the better teams in the Eastern Conference, and by giving TFCII its first win since September 2017, the Boys in Gold officially have to figure out where things are going wrong. The defense has gone from outstanding to mediocre, while the offense has dropped from workmanlike to essentially nonexistent.
NSC will next take on league-leading FC Cincinnati on the road Saturday, and given the recent run of results (FCC is actually the second-to-last team to give up points to Nashville, but that was more than a lifetime ago by the emotional clock), there’s little hope for anything other than yet another humbling in a rough July.
Nashville performed well early in the year when expectations were low, and the hope is now – after the worst loss in league history – that regaining that chip on the shoulder may be the path back to the right side of the ledger.
- 34′ TOR GOAL – 45 Luca Uccello (right-foot), penalty kick earned by 50 Matthew Srbely
- 38′ NSH Yellow card – 5 Liam Doyle (foul)
- 41′ TOR Yellow card – 41 Lars Eckenrode (foul)
- 45’+1 NSH Yellow card – 27 Kosuke Kimura (dissent)
- 45’+2 Half time
- 47′ TOR GOAL – 50 Matthew Srbely (left-footed), assisted by 64 Shaan Hundal
- 51′ TOR Yellow card – 48 Dante Campbell (foul)
- 56′ NSH Substitution – On 19 Alan Winn, off 11 Ismaila Jome
- 60′ NSH Substitution – On 3 Ropapa Mensah, off 27 Kosuke Kimura
- 68′ TOR Yellow card – 45 Luca Uccello
- 76′ NSH Substitution – On 12 Tucker Hume, off 10 Lebo Moloto
- 77′ TOR Substitution – On 55 Aidan Daniels, off 58 Jordan Faria
- 81′ TOR Substitution – On 49 Robert Boskovic, off 37 Gideon Waja
- 86′ TOR Substitution – On 56 Malik Johnson, off 64 Shaan Hundal
- 90’+4 – Full time