TFCII vs Charlotte Independence: Match Report (August 30, 2015)

Result and details of the Sunday August 30, 2015 USL game between Toronto FC II and
Charlotte Independence played at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan at 3:00pm.

13 min…TFC (Charlotte own goal) GOAL…TFC Molham Babouli rolls his quickly taken
freekick from 25 yards in middle to TFC Skylar Thomas alone on the right and he crosses
low from 15 yards and CI Patrick Slogic slides to prevent charging TFC Bubacarr Jobe
from getting to it and redirects ball into right side of own net from 6 yards.

15 min…CI Patrick Slogic GOAL…CI Enzo Martinez cornerkick from left has charging
Slogic head in 10 yarder down middle into left side of net.

56 min…TFC Jay Chapman GOAL…TFC Molham Babouli at 25 yards rolls
pass forward between defenders and Chapman rushing on left gets ball on edge of box
and shoots 10 yarder to left side of net past goalie John Berner.

86 min…TFC Emeka Ononye pushes over CI Enzo Martinez on left side of box.
Referee Justin Tasev signals for a Penalty kick.

87 min…CI Ryan Finley GOAL…Finlay rolls Penalty kick to left corner of net
as goalie Quillan Roberts dives to right.

Final Score:…..Toronto FC II…….2……..Charlotte Independence………2……

Attendance was about 300 on this hot and humid afternoon under a partially
overcast sky.  The Inebriatti supporter group was not here today.

This game had many changes in flow with the game starting even until Toronto
scored then Charlotte taking over for the next 8 minutes then TFC holding the
edge until the end of the half.  Second half had TFC dominate until their goal
then the Indepedence took over for the rest of the game except for TFC’s
effective counterattacking.

Referee Justin Tasev gave out no Yellow cards today in a game that wasn’t too rough
but had a few players injured.  CI goalie John Berner was wearing a mask to protect
his face (probably a broken nose) and had to survive a few bumps after catching the
ball and a knee to the face on a diving save.  The Penalty kick shouldn’t have happened
because TFC Emeka Ononye didn’t need to push over Enzo Martinez as he wasn’t running
towards the goal but chasing the ball.  Ononye should have let him go as Martinez
would have been lucky to keep the ball in play.

Best non-scoring chances were at 14 minutes when CI Enzo Martinez blasted a 22 yard
shot from the right that goalie Quillan Roberts dove to the left to push the ball wide
of the post at 2 yards although CI did score on the subsequent corner kick.  One minute
after that goal CI Tomasz Zahorski flicked a 12 yard header that the goalie caught on the
left post.  22 minutes had TFC Chris Mannella roll a through ball pass from 35 yards
to the charging TFC Luca Uccello who took a 22 yard shot up the middle that the sprawling
goalie stopped at 10 yards then Uccello chipped the 12 yard rebound wide right of the post.
50 minutes had TFC Molham Babouli’s cornerkick from the right had a TFC player head the
ball back out of the box and TFC Chris Mannella passed to the right for Babouli to take
a 15 yard shot that the goalie slid forward and palmed over the net.  76 minutes had
CI Martinez charge and shoot a 22 yard roller up the middle that the goalie dove to the
right post to stop.  90 minutes had TFC Manuel Aparicio receive a short pass and hit
the bar on a 22 yard shot.

TFC forward Molham Babouli was the best player on the field.  Freekicks, cornerkicks,
best shots, best chances!  He played until subbed off at 89 minutes to waste some time.
Fellow forward Jordan Hamilton was on the subs bench but didn’t get into the game.
I’d say Babouli’s comet as eclipsed Hamilton’s trajectory.

Other TFC MLS contracted players (besides Hamilton) were midfielders Jay Chapman and
Chris Mannella (the team captain) who both played strongly.  Midfielder Manuel Aparicio
came in at 84 minutes and did hit the bar.

Patrick Slogic of Charlotte did one of the best jobs ever of amending for an own goal by
scoring an equalizer only two minutes later.

Today was turned into a celebration of this facility.  The League 1 Ontario game between
Toronto FC Academy and Master’s FA Saints was moved from the KIA Training Centre to here
with an 11:00 kickoff.  TFCA won 5-0 over the only league team that hasn’t won this year.
TFC MLS player Justin Morrow was signing autographs before the game.  A ceremony was
held before this game to officially ‘open’ this facility.  Hey it’s already TFC II’s
twelfth game here!  Ontario Soccer Association president Ron Smale, Vaughan mayor
Maurizio Bevilacqua, and Toronto FC GM Tim Bezzbatchenko traded praise about
each other.  Hmm.  The YouTube video of this game cut off at 84 minutes so I wonder
if there was only a limited amount of transmission time?

Halftime had the first announcement of renewing season tickets for 2016!  They need
a $50 down payment and you get a pair of tickets to next month’s MLS game against
Chicago Fire.  Wow.  No schedule will be announced by USL for many months.  How many
games will be the same day and even the same time as their MLS games?  (although this
game was shifted to Sunday to avoid a conflict.  No wonder Charlotte was
so accommodating as they had just played FC Montreal on Wednesday evening winning
1-0 and were probably glad for the extra recovery day).  Will the stadium have permanent
seats and something better than port-a-potties?  I’ll wait until next year’s MLS and
USL schedule is released before deciding.  We were given a TFC II squeezable mini
ball (about the size of a cue ball) on our way out.  For the season finale next
Saturday afternoon, the first 1000 get a TFC II t-shirt.  Smirk, with these crowds
that would be everybody!

Charlotte Independence is a new team formed this year.  They’ve taken over the market
from Charlotte Eagles who were in USL Pro in previous years and whose history go back
to A-League days when the odd time they’d play Toronto Lynx.  The Eagles dropped down
to the PDL league this year for financial reasons but can still get their Christian
missionary message across.  The Independence have an affiliation with the MLS
Colorado Rapids.  Four Rapids players are listed on their roster although only John Berner
(goalie) and late sub-forward Caleb Calvert were here today.  The team has three
former Eagles on the roster with only starting defender Bilal Duckett on today’s roster.

Toronto FC II’s record improves to 5 wins, 14 losses, 4 ties for 19 points and remain
in eleventh place out of the twelve teams in the Eastern Conference.  Independence
record improves to 8 wins, 6 losses, 9 ties for 33 points and they remain in eighth
place just two points behind and one game in hand on sixth place Pittsburgh Riverhounds
who hold the sixth and final playoff spot.

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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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