Result and details of the USL PDL game between TFC Academy and Pittsburgh Riverhounds U23
played Friday June 17, 2016 at The KIA Training Centre in Downsview at 4:00pm.
30 min…PR Kevin Angulo GOAL…Angulo gets ball past TFCA Robbie Boskovic on left
and rushes down left from 35 yard line. Angulo cuts towards goal on far left and
low 8 yard shot is stopped by sliding goalie Darrin MacLeod on left post.
The rebound deflects along left end line and Angulo banks an 8 yard shot off
the inside of the right post.
34 min…TFCA Richie Ennin GOAL…TFCA Leonard Sohn passes forward from 25 yards
and Ennin turns PR Pierre Stephane inside out at 12 yards on left and shoots
low 10 yarder into right side of net past goalie Christian Snatchko.
Final Score:……Toronto FC Academy….1…..Pittsburgh Riverhounds U23s….1…
Attendance started slow at about 30 but by the end of the game was around 85.
I was expecting these were people arriving after they got out of work but very
few left when the game ended so then I thought it was for parents watching young
academy players but they went to practice on another field. There were a lot
of people chatting with Riverhounds players who I didn’t see at the beginning
of the game. These grounds are a busy place. Two fields over the visiting
Los Angeles Galaxy were practicing for tomorrow’s game at BMO Field. After that
four fields over was a practice mix of TFCA’s League 1 Ontario and OPDL players.
Referee Alex Cho-Kee gave out only one Yellow card in the game (to a TFCA player)
and called a water break in each half. The game never got rough.
Pittsburgh came to town with a depleted line-up of only three subs and a player
doubling as a forward and back up goalie. Their coach this day was Bobby Volkman
and he’d told a TFC game day crew official that they had trouble getting players
across the border. TFCA only had five subs including having Cyrus Rollocks
listed as both a forward and back up goalie. Rollocks answered a TFC ground
crew official that he hadn’t played goal before.
Best non-scoring chances were at 18 minutes when PR Anthony Virgara took a low
28 yard shot up the middle that the goalie dived left to stop at 3 yards and
the defenders cleared the rebound. 20 minutes had TFC Matt Srbely take a 35 yard
freekick down the middle that had TFC Nikola Stakic at 12 yards on the left
head just wide left. 23 minutes had PR Dallin Cutler take a cornerkick from the
right that the leaping PR Virgara at 8 yards head downward and the ball bounced
just wide left. 66 minutes had PR Mason George blasts low 25 yarder from right
just wide left of post. 70 minutes had TFC Nicholas Osorio shoot a 15 yarder
down the middle off the outside of the right post after finding themselves
on a 2 on 0 break behind a defender at 22 yards. 75 minutes had TFC Cyrus Rollocks
rush down the left and his 12 yard shot deflected off the foot of a defender
and the goalie sprawled on the left post to smother. 80 minutes had TFC Srbely’s
cornerkick from the left partially cleared and TFC Kota Sakurai blasted a 30 yarder
up the middle between the players that the flying goalie was able to push wide
right of the post. 93 minutes had TFC Ethan Beckford stop and take screened
15 yard shot from the left that the diving goalie saved on the left post.
For the second time in three days, TFC teams host the last place team and earn
a tie. Wednesday had TFC II play earn a last minute tie while playing down
a man against FC Montreal in USL action.
TFCA’s record improves to 1 win, 4 losses, 3 ties for 6 points and fifth in the
seven team Great Lakes Division. TFCA had gone to Kitchener on Wednesday
night and lost to first place K-W United 2-1. Less than two days rest!
Head coach Stuart Neely said most of today’s players were in that lineup.
They meet Pittsburgh again next Sunday on the third game of a four game road
trip with earlier games on Thursday and Saturday! Hopefully teenage energy
can get them through. They have already played more games than all the
teams ahead of them.
TFCA still hold the worst plus/minus record in the division at -12 but
most of that was from their 7-0 opening day home game defeat to KWU.
Riverhounds record improves to 0 wins, 5 losses, and 2 ties for
2 points and last place.
The visiting team are the Under 23s of the USL Pittsburgh Riverhounds
team that plays in the same league as Toronto FC II. They are in thirteenth
of the fourteen teams in the Eastern Conference (one place behind TFC II).
I remember seeing that team at the TFC II home opener April 17th and
asking for help filling in assists after the game and speaking with
PR forward and goal scorer Romeo Parkes. Then May 7th he was banned from
the league for kicking Karl Ouimette of NY Red Bulls II from behind
after a Red card. I remember Ouimette since attending CSL games and
watching him play for Trois-Riveres Attak in 2009.