Result and details of the USL game between Toronto FC II and Rochester Rhinos
played on Saturday June 11, 2016 at Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan at 7:30pm.
76 min…TFC Luca Uccello GOAL…Uccello receives pass up middle at RR 40
yard line and turns and runs towards goal. At 35 yard line he passes forward
and right to TFC Bubacarr Jobe who from 28 yards on right cuts towards goal
in front of retreating RR Jordan Becker and sends low centering pass from
20 yards on right edge of box to Uccello who controls ball at 8 yards
on right and shoots low shot before sliding defender can block and past
diving goalie Tomas Gomez at 4 yards into left side of net.
90 min…TFC Malik Johnson GOAL…TFC Brian James rolls pass forward
from 40 yards on left to Johnson who receives ball at 25 yards and turns
and runs to edge of box with four defenders closing in on him and blasts
18 yarder while even with left post into top right corner of net over
leaping goalie at 6 yards.
91 min…RR Joseph Farrell GOAL…RR Brandon Beresford takes throw-in
from 30 yard line on right downfield for Farrell at 8 yard line on right
edge of box and he turns and fires 15 yard shot into center of net
behind goalie Alex Bono guarding right post.
92 min…game ends.
Final Score:…..Toronto FC II…..2……Rochester Rhinos…….1…….
Attendance was announced (for the first time in many games as the crowds
are small) as 1262. It was a big family filled crowd which I thought was
at least 1000 because there was a lot of empty space in my section with
a group of kids running non-stop up and down the aluminum bench bleachers.
I don’t think it was so much the attraction of the visitor but the hot
weather and a different dynamic of crowd than would have watched three
consecutive Euro Cup games all afternoon.
Referee Carol Anne Chenard with female assistants gave out four Yellow
cards that I counted (three to TFC II).
The first half was relatively dull with few chances for either team.
I was very interested in some of the second half subs for TFC II.
Defender Clement Simonin was subbed in at 56 minutes for Skylar Thomas.
Simonin is on their MLS roster but has been injured this season and this
gives him some playing time to see if he’s ready to get back. He was
playing OK but had a bad slip up less than a minute before the opening
goal but was bailed out by Mitchell Taintor blocking a shot. 72 minutes
brought in Luca Uccello who scored the goal (only four minutes to score
that goal!) and Raheem Edwards who had been away with the Canada U23
team and this was his first action since returning. He set up Uccello
for a shot just two minutes after they both came on.
TFC II Malik Johnson was brought on at 80 minutes (replacing Shaan Hundal)
and scored the crucial insurance goal. I had been critical of bringing
him and Brian James on in the first leg of the Amway Canadian Championship
semi-final against Montreal Impact when they had a 4-0 lead while
regular MLS defenders Justin Morrow and Drew Moor were sitting on the
bench and Montreal scored two goals while down a man to set themselves
up with a chance in the second game. Interesting Johnson was subbed
on at 80 minutes of that game too! This is the situation (if not starting)
where he should be brought on.
Best non-scoring chances were at 32 minutes when TFC Bubacarr Jobe
crossed from 20 yards after a race down the right wing and the ball
tipped off the foot of a retreating defender and TFC Shaan Hundall knocked
the ball in with his hand from 5 yards. He drew a Yellow card for that.
36 minutes had RR Ryan Lee James roll a pass forward up the right and
RR Sean Totsch took a low 15 yard shot on the far right that was
smothered by the diving goalie. 44 minutes had RR Jordan Becker chip
a 22 yard freekick from the left that a charging RR Vasileios Apostolopoulos
headed from 7 yards wide right of the post. 50 minutes had RR James tap
a ball forward on the right to RR Totsch who rolled a cross along the
end line from 15 yards and the goalie beat TT Steevan dos Santos to dive
on it at 3 yards on the right post. 55 minutes had RR Marcos Ugarte take
a 20 yard shot from the left that the flying goalie pushed wide left
of the post. 76 minutes had the RR goalie punt the ball upfield and
TFC Clement Simonin slip at 30 yard line as two RR players converged and
RR Christian Volesky got away aa 12 yard shot that TFC Mitchell Taintor
blocked. 85 minutes had RR Kenardo Forbes took a cornerkick from the right
that RR Totsch heads from 12 yards that the goalie palmed over the net
near the right post. 88 minutes had RR Forbes take a 25 yard freekick
from the right that the charging RR Apostolopoulos headed over the bar
from 5 yards.
It seems every visiting team from USL or PDL brings in a Canadian player
and tonight it was Toronto-born Rhinos starting defender Dominic Samuel
who was as recently as last year was with League 1 Ontario team Sigma FC
who have sent Cyle Larin and Richie Laryea to MLS Orlando City FC in the
last two years. Samuel was named League 1 Ontario Defender of the Year
for 2015. He trialed with MLS New England Revolution earlier this year.
TFC II’s record for 13 games improves to 3 wins, 7 losses, 3 ties for
12 points and they are twelfth out of 14 teams in the Eastern Conference.
Rhinos record falls for 11 games to 5 wins, 3 losses, 3 ties for 18 points
and they are sixth in the East. They are the reigning USL champions
but are not near as dominant as last year.
TFC II’s next game is a matinee game on Wednesday against FC Montreal
who are the last place team sporting an 11 games record of 1 win,
10 losses, 0 ties. They have only scored 6 goals all season! I expect
another large school age crowd like last month’s game against Richmond.