For the first and only time this season, Toronto FC II travels to the west coast. Although thousands of kilometres separate the two, this is often considered an old fashion derby. Similar to their older brothers, TFCII had last week off giving them two weeks to prepare for their match against Vancouver’s USL team. Both teams also know what’s on the line. Not only is this a rivalry match with bragging rights abound, but this is Whitecaps FC 2’s inaugural match at home. TFCII proved to be the spoiler in Montreal and hope to do the same north of the border in Vancouver.
Two weeks ago TFCII went to New Jersey where they were beaten by a MLS calibre New York Red Bulls II side 4-1. Opponents aside, they’ll be looking for redemption and a result as the team holds only three points from three matches. If they want to keep pace with the Rochester Rhinos or Charleston Battery in the Eastern Conference, who already average over two points per match, they’ll need points in Vancouver and next week in Pittsburgh. Whitecaps FC 2 themselves will be playing their third match in seven days after losing two matches versus the Orange County Blues and league leading Sacramento Republic FC. Toronto will be looking to take advantage of tired legs and a team that has only scored three goals over their first four matches.
As a reoccurring theme for Toronto, the Junior Reds will be without a number of players this week. Luca Uccello, Marcus Godhino, Mateo Restrepo, Rahim Thorpe and Patrice Walker are all away in Slovakia with the Canadian National U18 Team. Jason Bent will likely field a similar starting eleven as in previous weeks.
Projected Starting XI – Alex Bono, Wesley Charpie, Daniel Fabrizi, Nikola Stakic, Mark Serjeant; Jay Chapman, Marcos Nunes, Christopher Mannella (C), Mark Anthony Kaye; Molham Babouli, Jordan Hamilton
Both teams have struggled defensively giving up more goals then they’ve scored. This could prove to be an entertaining match with goals abound if this continues. Expect a similar result and showing in Montreal where Alex Bono took control and left the offense get the goals needed for victory. The only concern, as it always seems to be, is if the back line can support Alex Bono to have a clinical performance.
The match will be an exciting one for both teams and supporters. A win is not a must for placement in the standings but it is a must for pride. Be sure to catch the match at 6:00pm ET (3:00pm PT) on YouTube streaming live from Thunderbird Stadium. You won’t want to miss this one.