A few more thoughts: North Toronto Nitros vs Windsor TFC Stars

This is not my usual beat, albeit this is now my 3rd time watching the Nitros, but I popped on down to Varsity Stadium to watch them take on Windsor TFC and thought I’d share a few thoughts from the game:

  • Why ‘North’ Toronto Nitros? Is there a rival South Toronto Nitros I’m unaware of?
  • NTN were the better team in the first half, creating the better chances but gave away a late penalty to go in at the half 1 down. On second viewing it looks just outside the box, but can see why the ref gave it. Not that this makes the decision a good one.
  • NTN didn’t get going in the 2nd half until it was too late scoring 2 late goals. Windsor weren’t outstanding but made the most of the chances they did get, and could have scored a couple more with one of the Pio brothers missing a 1 on 1 whilst already 3 goals up.
  • 2 players that were outstanding however, were the Kelly brothers (I assume?) at the heart of the defense for Windsor. Especially all-star Jamar Kelly, who looked extremely confident and composed on the ball and cleared up a lot at the back.
  • Are there 3 sets of brothers in the Windsor team? And is that a record outside of Iceland?
  • NTN missed defender Kosha Nazemi who has been very vocal in the games I’ve seen organizing the defense. Also missed their 2 top scorers Mirza Custovic and Kyle Laborde-Agres which may be why they couldn’t take advantage of the chances in the first half.
  • 17 year old Kembo Kibato showed glimpses of why he was chosen for the all-star game. Impressed me in the defeat of OSU but not quite as impactful this week. Exciting player to watch, likes taking on his man and making things happen. Watch out!!
  • NTN drop to 3rd in the East on goal difference behind Durham United and have now not won in 3 games but have a chance next week away at Sanjaxx to get back on track.
  • Windsor stay 5th in the West but now just 3 points behind the other TFC underlings FC London but with an inferior goal difference. Next week they are away in Aurora where they will hope to make that gap smaller.
  • Would NTN get more ‘bums on seats’ if they put a couple banners/posters/something along Bloor Street outside the stadium? Many people seem to stand at the fence or sit on those concrete benches and watch the game or part of it. Could they be enticed if they knew what it was and that it was free to enter?
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Dan Baldwin

Dan Baldwin

Dan joins us to finally get involved in doing something about the sport he loves. Born in England he has played and followed the game his whole life. After moving to Toronto in 2014, he immediately began to learn about the local soccer scene and is passionate about the development of the sport in the country. However, he can still found cheering on his beloved West Ham each weekend morning at the Dog and Bear pub.

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