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Toronto FC, Nashville SC aim to keep unbeaten streaks alive

Field Level Media
01 Aug 2021, 05:05 GMT+10

Nashville SC will look to extend their unbeaten streak to eight games when they visit Toronto FC on Sunday.

Nashville (6-1-8, 26 points) is 4-0-3 in its past seven matches, last losing June 18 to the New York Red Bulls. All but one of those matches came on their home pitch.

To extend the run, Nashville SC will need to pick up their game on the road, where they have yet to win this season (0-1-3). Nashville will be the visitor for four of the next six matches, including each of the next three.

The trio of C.J. Sapong, Hany Mukhtar and Randall Leal have paced the attack over the past month, combining for nine goals and seven assists in five matches in July. Sapong and Mukhtar have combined for eight of those goals.

"A perfect little trio that we have there," Sapong told the club's website. "Having a couple games under our belt, there's definitely chemistry there. It just makes things a lot easier when you learn tendencies of your teammates. ... It definitely speaks volumes to the work us three have put in."

Midfielder Anibal Godoy (hamstring) is expected to be a match-time decision while defender Walker Zimmerman (hamstring) remains out.

Toronto (3-8-4, 13 points) will aim to extend its own unbeaten run to five games. The club has found new life under interim head coach Javier Perez, going 2-0-2 since he replaced Chris Armas on July 4.

The Reds have recorded eight points in four matches with Perez at the helm, three more than they had in 11 matches under Armas (one win, two draws).

They'll be looking for their first win against Nashville, which posted a 3-2 win over Toronto on June 23.

Attacking midfielder Yeferson Soteldo has two goals and three assists in his past four matches, including a goal and an assist in Toronto's 2-1 win against Chicago last Saturday.

"We've made good strides and so we want to continue in that direction," defender Omar Gonzalez said. "We need to focus on what we can do, how we show up, the beginning of the games, beginning of the second half. And if we're all committed, if we're all fighting for each other, then our quality will shine through and, hopefully, get us a favorable result."

--Field Level Media

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