TFCII vs FC Montreal: USL Match Report (July 21, 2015)

Results and details of the Tuesday July 21, 2015 USL Pro game between Toronto FC II and
FC Montreal played at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan at 8:00pm.

54 min…Montreal Zakaria Messoudi GOAL…Montreal Alessandro Riggi taps ball from 50 yards
on left over to Messoudi who runs up middle around TFC Liam Fraser at 45 yards and rushes forward
to 25 yards and as TFC Emeka Ononye closes in from left, shoots into top right corner over goalie
Quillan Roberts reaching for it at 6 yards.

Final Score:…..Toronto FC II………0…….FC Montreal……….1……..

Attendance wasn’t announced but it was probably somewhere between 500 and 700 helped by having
players and their families from the West Rouge Soccer Club who provided halftime entertainment.
It was mild but cooling fast once the sun set before the second half started.

David Paulmin earned the shutout for FC Montreal without having to make any spectacular saves
except twice to palm a ball over the bar including one at 85 minutes on a 20 yard shot from
Massimo Mirabelli.  Defender/team captain Jems Geffrard played a big part in breaking up some
TFC II plays into the FCM end with checks and clearances.   He had one foray on a give and
go up the middle with defenders bouncing off this giant and he passed to the open right side
but no FCM player made a run for the ball in the open.

TFC II were always going for one too many passes and losing possession and didn’t have a lot
of scoring opportunities.   Jordan Hamilton was often the lone player up front.   Actually their
most dangerous shot was an almost own goal at 3 minutes when Marcus Nunes took a 45 yard
freekick from the left and a leaping defender at 7 yards kicked the ball that deflected back
to the goalie who had to make a diving save to push the ball wide right of the post.

FCM had some chances with Charles Joly who’d scored three goals in their last game and
Zakaria Messoudi and Alessandro Riggi all getting in some shots.

TFC II should be getting their players back that were off for Canada’s run at the PanAm games
in Hamilton.  I’d expect defenders Kevon Black and Adam Bouchard, midfielders Chris Mannella
and Manny Aparicio, and forwards Raheem Edwards and Molham Babouli back for the next game
on Friday.  Of course the PanAm team only scored one goal in three games and did not make the
semi-final so we can’t expect a goal bonanza by their return.

Referee David Barrie gave out only one Yellow card to each team that I counted and the FCM
one was for time wasting while taking a cornerkick at 81 minutes and TFC for a trip
at 87 minutes.  The game wasn’t rough but there were a few times that trainers had to be called
in for both teams mostly for collisions between players.

Members of the Inebriatti provided the noise in the fan section again tonight.  They are really
the only supporters group at these games.  Montreal is Toronto’s most hated rival in every sport
but they mostly kept their chants to PG versions until the FCM goal where it looked like goal
scorer Zakaria Messoudi deliberately ran over to their section to celebrate.  That brought out
the R rated chants despite a large group of the West Rouge SC girls and boys (must have been
between 7 and 10 years old) sitting in the section beside them.

Toronto FC II’s record falls to 3 wins, 9 losses, 3 ties for 12 points and are tied for eleventh
place with Wilmington (who have played three more games) in the twelve team Eastern Conference.
FC Montreal pick up their first road win in their history and climb to 4 wins, 11 losses, 2 ties
for 14 points and pass TFC II tonight into tenth place.   I hadn’t noticed them moving up the table
but they beat Saint Louis 5-2 last week and then Saint Louis came and beat TFC II 1-0 on Saturday.
Both teams are a long way from the sixth and final playoff spot.  It should take at least a 50-50
record to get in and teams have reached the halfway point in the season.

Next TFC II game is this Friday night at the Ontario Soccer Centre at 8:00pm against Charleston Battery.

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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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