Result and details of the Sunday September 11, 2016 USL game between Toronto FC II and Orlando City B
played at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan at 7:30pm.
4 min…OCB Orlando Cox GOAL…OCB Zachary Eliis-Hayden takes throw-in from 35 yard line on left that
has Cox receive at 22 yard line on left and he turns behind three defenders and rolls 15 yarder past
diving goalie Quillan Roberts at 4 yards and ball banks in off right post.
27 min…TFC Shaan Hundal GOAL…TFC Wesley Charpie at 25 yards on far right rolls backpass
to TFC Liam Fraser and he chips ball from 25 yards on right into box where Hundal volleys 6 yard shot
on right side of goal that sprawling goalie Mark Ridgers blocks in center of net but Hundal slides behind
goalie to knock in ball from 1 yard into open net.
70 min…TFC Ricardo John GOAL…TFC Luca Uccello crosses from 25 yards on right and TFC Raheem Edwards
at 15 yards on left pop up header and get foot to on way down then rescues ball on left end line to cross
in from 8 yards and John between defenders heads 4 yarder from left to short side of net just inside post.
Final Score:…..Toronto FC II………2………Orlando City B……….1…….
Attendance wasn’t announced but on a night they should have been proud of—one of the best
of the year. The USL website listed 1300 which is almost full on this mild night. ‘Celebrity’ sightings
in the large crowd included Ashtone Morgan who manned an autograph table before the game;
former player and broadcaster and TFC coach at the academy level Danny Dichio, and players not
in the lineup today that I recognized Mitchell Taintor who is serving a five game suspension for his
part in a fight with FC Montreal players; defender Adam Bouchard, and captain/midfielder
Christopher Mannella (not a good sign unless he’s injured). TFC head coach Greg Vanney was
in the crowd and had a long chat with newly signed forward Ben Spencer after the game. Spencer
came on at 75 minutes.
Referee Yusri Rudolph gave out six Yellow cards—four to Orltando in a game that had some hard
checks and lots of freekicks given out.
Quillan Roberts was back and playing goal for TFC II. He has been the TFC MLS back up since
Clint Irwin was injured. He answered me after the game that he expects to be back with the
MLS club next week rather than the USL team’s final game of the season. Irwin was the backup
in last night’s MLS game in Chicago.
Roberts didn’t have much to do tonight thanks to good defensive play by the four in front
of him and some inaccurate shooting by OCB players especially on cornerkicks and freekicks.
He had two key saves in the last ten minutes to preserve the win.
Midfielders Liam Fraser and Luca Uccello were back in the TFC lineup as starters after being
away with the Canada U-20s for two games last week in Costa Rica where they lost 2-1
and 2-0. Both players played important parts in today’s games with Uccello taking most
of the cornerkicks and freekicks and both setting up TFC goals.
Orlando City B lists three Canadians on their roster. Midfielder Richmond Laryea did not
start nor was he on the subs bench. He followed childhood friend Cyle Larin through
Sigma Academy and was drafted this spring. Forward Michael Cox is their leading scorer
with, including tonight, 11 goals. He is from Calgary and played for FC Edmonton
of the NASL last season.
Defender Zachary Ellis-Hayden is from Kitchener and played for the PDL championship team
K-W United last season. He answered me after the game that USL is certainly a step up
from the summer-season PDL.
Cox and Ellis-Hayden joined the TFC players along the fence milling around to chat with
the crowd. Those two had friends and relatives watching. It was nice that TFC II players
didn’t vanish like last week against Charlotte but tonight they didn’t get beat 5-1.
The win improves TFC’s record to 7 wins, 17 losses, 5 ties for 26 points with one game to go.
They break out of a five game losing streak which started when they traveled to Orlando
on August 6 and lost on an injury time goal. They pass FC Montreal and Pittsburgh who have
23 points to move into twelfth place in the fourteen team Eastern Conference although
those teams have two and three games left respectively.
Their PR department could brag that they’ve won one more game than their inaugural season
last year where their record ended as 6 wins, 17 losses, 5 ties in a 28 game schedule however
this is Orlando’s first year back in USL after their original franchise jumped to MLS two years ago
and they hold a playoff spot.
Orlando City’s record falls to 8 wins, 12 losses, 8 ties for 32 points. They stay in eighth place
in the East and for another weekend fail to secure the last playoff spot. They have only
earned one tie in their last seven games which started right after that home game win
against TFC. They risk being passed by Wilmington at 30 points and Harrisburg and
Bethlehem both with 28 points and all teams with two games to go.
TFC II wraps up their season next Saturday in Rochester.