Nashville SC look to strengthen their hold on second place in the Eastern Conference when they visit Toronto FC on Saturday.
Nashville (10-2-11, 41 points) can secure the first four-game winning streak in franchise history with a victory over Toronto FC. The club holds a three-point lead over third-place Orlando City, although only nine points separate Nashville from the ninth-place team in the congested East.
After going all season without a victory on the road, Nashville's three-game win streak has featured a pair of victories away from home. This includes their most recent result, a 1-0 road win over CF Montreal last Saturday.
Hany Mukhtar has put himself in the MLS MVP discussion after recording three goals and five assists over his last six games.
"Hany has the capability of not just getting on the ball, but controlling the pace of the game. ... We're seeing an individual who's more and more confident," Nashville coach Gary Smith said.
Last-place Toronto (3-15-6, 15 points) could use some of that confidence, although the club felt it deserved better in last Tuesday's 1-0 loss to Inter Miami. Multiple video reviews went against Toronto, including possible encroachment from Miami players during Christian Makoun's game-winning penalty kick.
"Guys put everything they had into the game, and when you're not able to take at least a point from a game like that, there's real frustration," Toronto captain Michael Bradley said. "And the way some of the big moments go in the game, it's hard not to feel even more frustration."
Toronto FC are mired in a nine-game winless skid (0-7-2).
Alejandro Pozuelo, Richie Laryea and Tsubasa Endoh are all questionable for Toronto's lineup Saturday due to injury. Defender Kemar Lawrence is unavailable due to suspension.
This is the third meeting of the season between Nashville and Toronto. Nashville earned a 3-2 home victory on June 23 before the two sides played to a 1-1 draw in Toronto on Aug. 1.
--Field Level Media