TFCII vs Rhinos: Match Report (July 11, 2015)

Results and details of the Saturday July 11, 2015 USL Pro game between
Toronto FC II and Rochester Rhinos played at the Ontario Soccer Centre
in Vaughan at 3:00pm.

55 min…Rhinos Steevan Fortes Dos Santos GOAL…Dos Santos receives a short
pass from Rhinos Onua Obasi on the left and his shot down the middle from 10 yards
is into and out of the net so quick that few fans realized it was a goal.

57 min…Rhinos Jonny Mendoza GOAL…Rhinos Onua Obasi rolls a pass from 20 yards
and Mendoza rolls 12 yarder up middle under sliding goalie Alex Bono.

Final Score:…..Toronto FC II……0……Rochester Rhinos……..2……

Attendance was announced as 538 on this hot and humid afternoon. The referee called
a water break in each half—at 32 and 75 minutes—and added the two minutes
to the end of each half.

TFC II at least didn’t turn and pass the ball back to their defenders or goalie
as often as their opener against Pittsburgh. One of the problems is they had
very little possession of the ball as the Rhinos held it for long periods of time.
They continue to miss six players who could easily start by having them
at the PanAm games. The remaining players are just not good enough to score goals
although they can defend well.

TFC brought in defender Clement Simonin at 67 minutes who is recovering from injury
that has kept him out of their MLS lineup. Injury rehab is one of the reasons
MLS clubs have set up USL teams.

Referee Alexis Vaughan gave out three Yellow cards (two to Rhinos) in a game that
never got rough.

Best non-scoring chances were at 4 minutes when Jonny Mendoza rolled a 15 yard shot
up the middle that hit the outside of the left post. TFC Marcus Godinho then saved
a goal at 8 minutes when he popped a cross sent in from the right at 6 yards on the
left post then had RR Marcos Ugarte blast a 10 yard shot off him that deflected
wide left. 30 minutes had RR Onua Obasi cross from 20 yards on the left and
RR Steevan Fortes Dos Santos flicked a 10 yard header just over the bar. 34 minutes
had an RR cornerkick sent into the box and goalie Alex Bono leapt to punch away the
ball from an RR players then connect either with his fist or body with his own
defender Emeka Ononye who needed treatment from the trainer. 45 minutes had
TFC Godinho chip the goalie at 10 yards but a retreating defender bicycle kicked
a save off the line and the goalie caught the pop up. 53 minutes had
TFC Massimo Mirabelli get by a fallen defender to shoot a 20 yarder down the middle
that the goalie caught. 71 minutes had RR Mendoza steal the ball from
TFC Clement Simonin and rush in from 45 yards on the right and take a low 12 yard
shot the sliding goalie tipped wide right. 80 minutes had TFC Marcos Nunes receive
a pass from TFC Stefan Vukovic in the open and took a shot from 12 yards that the
goalie blocked point blank and Nunes got the rebound and shot wide left. One minute
later RR Timi Mulgrew got away on a run down the left that turned into a 2 on 0 break
but when he rolled a cross to RR Alex Dixon waiting at 12 yards, the goalie dived
out to smother the ball.

Rhinos Brandon Miller earned the shutout with a few key saves. I had to wait
until 44 minutes before writing down him jumping to punch away a freekick into
a crowd of players as TFC’s first good chance.

The Rhinos are the best team in the USL with a record now of 11 wins, 0 losses,
6 ties. TFC II had played them tough in their other two meetings—losing 1-0 away
then playing 0-0 in a game held at BMO Field after an MLS game back on May 23rd.
Rhinos have allowed only 6 goals in 17 games! They have now scored 22 so I wasn’t
expecting a goal-fest by either team. Some of their players are ‘Jozy Altidore
size’ goliaths like Dos Santos who could just have defenders bounce off him.
Onua Obasi was a tall and thin player and he would wheel in up the sidelines from
his defending position and cross or shoot into the box. Rhinos have an affiliation
with New England Revolution.

TFC II ‘s record falls to 3 wins, 7 losses, 3 ties for tenth place in the twelve
team Eastern Conference.

Some of the supporter groups from TFC were at this afternoon’s game as well
as the opener. One of their guys tried to get the family side of fans to cheer
before the first half ended. They kept their chants very PG so they didn’t
offend anybody.

The attendance of 538 was actually lower than the season opener on Wednesday night
of 867. I expected more as it was a weekend game with more potential fans available.
Quickly erected ‘Molson Indy’ style aluminum benches with wooden floors stands, lines
of port-a-potties, and catering food trucks outside the gates are going to be the
extent of the facilities this season.

Their next home game is next Saturday night at 8:00pm against Saint Louis and
it wouldn’t surprise me if there are even less fans. Toronto FC plays a home
game at BMO Field in downtown Toronto at 4:00pm. Even if that game ends at 6:00pm
I’ve been waiting on average 35 minutes just to get on a streetcar to take me
off the grounds. If I drove downtown, the cost to park my car on the grounds
is more that the price of TFC II tickets. I don’t know if the TFC supporter
groups are going to show up for that game.

Oh yeah, the price of season tickets are gradually being reduced in proportion
to the games that are left. $96 for 12 games last week were today announced
as $80 for 10 home games.

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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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