TORONTO, Canada—Toronto FC have learned its first-round MLS Cup Playoffs opponent, as the Reds will welcome expansion side Nashville SC to their ‘home away from home’, Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut, on Tuesday.
Nashville triumphed past a shorthanded Inter Miami CF squad (3-0) Friday evening in the play-in round to advance. Earlier in the day, it was reported that several Miami players, including brothers Gonzalo and Frederico Higuain, would be forced to miss the playoff encounter after testing positive for COVID-19, leaving the door open for the Tennessee side.
Toronto and Nashville, who joined the league this season, have yet to square off. According to Waking the Red’s Martyn Bailey, it’s the first time in Major League Soccer history that two teams will meet for the first time in the postseason.
As @martyn_bailey pointed out yesterday, if #TFCLive plays @NashvilleSC in the playoff game it will mark the first time in MLS history that two teams first game against each other is a playoff game.— Duane Rollins (@24thminute) November 20, 2020
My question is whether it’s ever happened in any league, ever?
Earlier Friday evening, the New England Revolution secured their spot in the next round, winning a late thriller over Thierry Henry’s Montreal Impact (2-1), who were without the services of Victor Wanyama and Samuel Piette.
Gustavo Bou’s 95th minute strike was the difference.
So, how we feeling TFC fans?