Since its debut in 2017, Atlanta has not lost any of its six regular season home games against Toronto (W3 D3). However, in the 2019 Eastern Conference Final, Toronto defeated Atlanta by a score of 2-1 to win the season.
In each of the previous three seasons, Atlanta has won its first two home games, and it has a chance to do so against Toronto. Since 2020, no other team among the 26 that have participated in MLS has won its first two home games in each season.
Toronto has been outscored by at least three goals in five of its last six games, dating back to the end of last season. In Toronto’s MLS history, the team has only lost nine games in a row during the regular season, from March to May of 2012.
Thiago Almada, along with Julian Carranza, Daniel Gazdag, and Jordan Morris, share the early league lead in goals with his team’s two goals in the season opener. With eight attempted shots, the 2022 World Cup winner also holds the overall lead in MLS.
After the first games of the season, newcomer Matt hedges leads Toronto with five tackles. Since 2010, Hedges has led FC Dallas in both tackles (464) and tackles won (334). He now joins the Reds.