Toronto FC II traveled east to inch closer to home but still remain on the road for the extended road trip to start the season. A few hundred miles south of the US-Canadian border TFCII faced an established USL Team in the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. The young squad would be tested once again trying to earn a positive result after taking a point from Whitecaps FC 2 six days prior.
Jason Bent elected with the following 4-4-2 formation which saw Skyler Thomas return to the starting lineup as well as Tarik Robertson and Marcos Nunes. Jason Bent also kept Quillan Roberts to start in goal for the second straight match ahead of Alex Bono. Anthony Osorio also made the trip being recently called up from the TFC Academy.
Goalkeeper: Quillan Roberts
Defense: Wesley Charpie, Skylar Thomas (Adam Bouchard 79’), Daniel Fabrizi, Tarik Robertson
Midfield: Raheem Edwards, Chris Mannella, Jay Chapman (Massimo Mirabelli 79’),
Marcos Nunes (Anthony Osorio 73’)
Forward: Molham Babouli (Manuel Aparicio 45’), Jordan Hamilton (Edwin Rivas79’)
Substitutes Not Used: Alex Bono, Martin Davis
The match started out with chances for both sides, with Toronto FC II getting the better of the majority of the first half. Just 17 minutes into the match Molham Babouli put TFCII on the board to take an early lead. There were a couple missed opportunities to extend the lead but the young Reds were in the driver’s seat.
That all changed in the 40th minute when Kevin Kerr drew a penalty. The takedown by Tarik Robertson earned him a straight red and ejection while Kevin Kerr capitalized on the penalty spot kick to tie the match at 1-1. With TFCII down to ten men, and a poor defensive effort and shape, the Riverhounds took control in the second half scoring four more goals. Robert Vincent scored twice for Pittsburgh in the 56th and 68th minute to seal the victory. Former TFC Academy graduate and Canadian U17 and U20 International Tyler Pasher scored the team’s fifth goal of the match to put salt in the junior Reds wounds.
Toronto FC II will have two weeks to reflect on another lopsided loss. Their road trip extends to Western New York where they’ll face the Rochester Rhinos, another strong club with plenty of USL experience. Rochester is by far the closest team for away support and it is expected to have a few supporters make the trip to cheer on the junior Reds. The next match is on Saturday, May 9 at 7:05pm from Sahlen’s Stadium where this reporter will be to catch the action in person. If you can’t be there yourself you can always catch the match streaming live on YouTube.
Photo courtesy of Toronto FC.