Rocket Robin Report: Toronto FC II vs Orlando City B

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Result and details of the Wednesday June 14, 2017 USL game between Toronto FC II and Orlando City B played at Ontario Soccer Centre at 12:00pm.

8 min…TFC Jordan Hamilton GOAL…TFC Liam Fraser sends low pass from right near center line over to TFC Tsubasa Endoh at 35 yards in middle and he rolls ball forward and left for charging TFC Ryan Telfer who crosses from 22 yards on left edge of box. The ball is over the head of jumping OCB Conor Donovan in middle of box and Hamilton chests it down at 6 yards even with right post and gets shot between Donovan and retreating OCB Scott Thomsen and under sliding goalie Jake Fenlason.

Final Score:…..Toronto FC II……1……Orlando City B……0…..

Attendance was announced as 1295 for this school day matinee. That was more than their previous school day game by more than 200. These are by far their biggest crowds of the season for any game held HERE as opposed to coasting off the TFC MLS fans who haven’t already headed for the exits at BMO Field and would watch a USL game.

Referee Pierre-Luc Lauzere called only one Yellow card that I heard announced and that was to an OCB player at 55 minutes.

It also looked like he called a water break at 31 minutes but otherwise had not much to do.

Angelo Cavalluzzo earned the shutout for TFC II. Last week he was named to the USL Team of the Week as a bench player for a game in which he let in one game but where he practically had to stand on his head to tie Pittsburgh. Today he had not much to do and so will probably not win but I’m sure team officials like it this way as it shows that the defence of captain Mitchell Taintor, Brandon Aubrey, and Robert Boskovic kept most of the OCB shots when there were any at a comfortable distance.

Man of the Match (who is always a TFC II player) was named as Liam Fraser). He was in the midfield and started some rushes. I don’t remember him winning the espresso machine as the prize so far this year.

Only fringe TFC MLS players in the lineup were Jordan Hamilton and Tsubasa Endoh. I will expect they will get a call up soon as TFC has weekend games and two midweek games for the finals of the Canadian Championship against Montreal this month. Hamilton will be extremely important to make up the required Canadian content for those CC games.

Sergio Camargo got a start today and he looked good especially at the beginning of his 67 minute game. At 11 minutes he rushed in from the left and had the goalie dive and grab the ball off his feet at 12 yards. 22 minutes and he had a 7 yard shot blocked but won a cornerkick on the deflection. A similar play at 56 minutes but this time it was from 15 yards.

OCB really only looked good in the first 20 minutes of the second half. I was expecting more for a team on the margins of the playoffs. Their game started off badly as defender Seb Hines was injured at the 20 second mark when he appeared to do the splits getting his foot caught in the turf as he was trying to change direction and needed to be subbed off. Assuming their ‘low uniform number’ guy players are on their MLS roster this will be a big blow for both rosters if this is serious. It’s also possible that Conor Donovan coming in cold at 2 minutes wasn’t warmed up for his first calling on that goal at 8 minutes.

OCB has on their roster Canadians Richie Laryea (not here today), Micheal Cox a big forward who had a few chances (similar to big, bashing OC MLS teammate Cyle Larin) and Zachary Ellis-Hayden who was a winger and sent in some crosses to varying success. Cox had a three minute burst starting at 50 minutes when a cornerkick came in from the right and he headed a shot that Cavalluso punched away but straight to an OCB player who took a shot but it was saved by a diving header by defender Brandon Aubrey. Next minute Cox was on a run down the left but he pushed the ball over the end line as he was trying to round a defender. Next minute he got a low shot from 25 yards down the middle between the defenders and the goalie dove to the right side of the net to catch.

Jordan Hamilton and Shaan Hundal further downfield sign autographs after the game. photo taken by Robin Glover
Jordan Hamilton and Shaan Hundal further downfield sign autographs after the game.
photo taken by Robin Glover

After the game, players came over to sign autographs. I got Jordan Hamilton to fill me in on who passed him the ball on his goal. Signing with a red marker on some kid’s red baseball cap didn’t show up too well and even on some kids arm who hadn’t brought anything to sign. Down the line Tsubasa Endoh was signing autographs and some adult asked him to sign right on his TFC jersey—well he had a black marker. Too good to resist as the fan’s back was turned I said ‘sign in Japanese’ which made the fan flinch. Even some Orlando players were signing. From my notes I’d marked that Zachary Ellis-Hayden was a Canadian but I blacked out on what city. ‘Kitchener’ he said—then it came back to me that he’d played for K-W United when they used to come to town and beat the TFC PDL team when they had one until this year. So he played with Sergio Camargo? Yep he remembered that time well. When I got home someone had tweeted a photo of five K-W United guys from those days in a group shot today. Ellis-Hayden, Camargo, TFC II assistant coach Chris Pozniak (then on the KW coaching staff), and non-Canadians Oyvind Alseth of TFC and Ben Polk of OCB. That team won the PDL championship.

They didn’t give the school kids Thundersticks to clap today but they were more annoying to me. About the same age as the last game, grades 5 and 6. I always sit in the back row of the aluminum stands so I can stand up and take pictures but today there were about two rows of kids staring my way for most of the game so they could look at the ice cream truck. The only time they turned around is when they were cued to scream for a t-shirt toss. The teacher finally bought them something but then with coke in hand the boys kept staring to beg for a hot dog. OK by 70 minutes they were gone as their class left for the school bus. When they get older they will make fine fans for Section 108 at BMO Field (my section) as that’s about the time when the rows around me start heading for the exits.

The win moves TFC II’s record in 14 games to 2 wins, 7 losses, 5 ties for 11 points and moves them off last (15th) place into thirteenth of the time although they’ve played more games than the other teams. TFC ends a 12 game winless streak dating back to March 24 when they won their opening game on the road at Phoenix (before Drogba joined the team). They scored only their fifth goal of the season today–that’s obviously what’s been their problem. After the win the audio guy got to play the Depeche Mode song “Just Can’t Get Enough” (just like their MLS counterparts) for just the first time this season. Their last ‘home’ win was their home season finale last year on September 11 against—Orlando City B.

OCB actually drop a position from eighth to ninth with the loss. Their record now in 13 games is 4 wins, 5 losses, 4 ties for 16 points which is technically a five way tie for sixth however with the tie breaker as wins, number of games played, and plus/minus goal differential, they drop out of the final playoff spot to Cincinnati with an equal record but OCB now has a ‘-1’ goals against to Cincinnati’s ‘0’.

TFC II now goes on the road to play first place Charleston Battery on Saturday June 24 and the next Saturday July 1, play at home at 5:00pm against Harrisburg City Islanders who TFC II pushed down to fourteenth. Hmm, they could win that!

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Robin Glover

Robin Glover

Robin has been writing about soccer in the Toronto area for message boards and his own website since the early 1990s in the days of 2400 baud modems to USENET sites. In the 2014 season he attended 76 games in various leagues that played in the GTA area. Follow Robin on Twitter and on his website

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