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September 9, 2017 USL Toronto FC II vs New York Red Bulls II

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Result and details of the Saturday September 9, 2007 USL game
between Toronto FC II and New York Red Bulls II played
at BMO Stadium in Toronto at 8:00pm.

34 min...TFC Jay Chapman GOAL...TFC Brian James at TFC 45 yard
line in middle passes ball forward and left to TFC Ben Spencer
who rolls ball from NYRB 40 yard line on left forward
to TFC Jordan Hamilton who charges forward from 30 yards on left
and sends low bouncing cross from 22 yards just outside top
corner of box. Chapman running forward to 7 yards even with
right post beats charging goalie Evan Louro and rolls ball
under him to left side of net.

41 min...TFC Lars Eckenrode pulls down Florian Valot in box
and referee Pierre-Luc Lauziere calls for a Penalty kick.

42 min...NYRB Stefano Bonomo GOAL...Bonomo rolls Penalty kick
into right corner of net beyond diving goalie Angelo Cavalluzzo.

44 min...TFC Lars Eckenrode pulls down NYRB Vincent Bezecourt
who had deked through two players on edge of TFC box to get
to 15 yards. The referee gives Eckenrode a Yellow card and
awards NYRB a Penalty kick.

47 min...NYRB Stefano Bonomo GOAL...Bonomo rolls Penalty kick
into right corner of net beyond diving goalie.

Final Score:...Toronto FC II...1...New York Red Bulls...2...

Attendance was listed as 3582 on the USL web site which seems
very generous—certainly not hanging on to a great per cent
of the sellout 29050 who had just finished watching the MLS
Toronto FC beat San Jose Earthquake 4-0 an hour before.
Hey people! Stay! Free game! I thought the USL game had less
than that even with fans being moved to sit on the East side
stands to be better supervised with less staff. About a third
of that crowd left before the game was over. Let's say the
fans who came dressed in t-shirts and short didn't stay around
for this game with it now dark and the temperature falling.
Still the numbers are an improvement on the Ontario Soccer
Centre crowds which are usually well under 1000.

This the first TFC II game played at BMO Field since the team
announced that next season TFC will include free USL season
tickets for their MLS season ticket holders. They will also
move their games to BMO Field and Lamport Stadium in downtown
Toronto. This is so to help build the attendance as the USL
in 2019 will split into two divisions and teams that don't
meet certain standards (attendance and stadium facilities
are some of the details) will be placed in the lower division.
The lower division will not have the more competitive teams
and that would not be as much benefit to MLS teams that want
to keep their players sharp for transfer back up to their
main team.

The team sponsors are the same as up at the OSC so prizes
were provided by such companies as Anthony's Espresso
Coffee Supplies. The scoreboard stadium here is a big
improvement over the one at OSC.

Man of the Match was Jay Chapman who was an easy choice
as he scored their only goal. He won the coffee tonight!
Just one week ago he came in as a substitute for the
Canadian National team against Jamaica at this same stadium.
Tonight he couldn't make the main MLS team bench. That's
become not that unusual as the team once again had
no Canadian starters. Jonathan Osorio did sub in at
halftime for the MLS team and scored a goal.
Tosaint Ricketts got in at 64 minutes.

NYRB looked the better team tonight but it was two
Penalty kick goals within five minutes that won it
for them. Stefano Bonomo placed both in the bottom
right corner just out of the reach of the diving
goalie Angelo Cavalluzo.

Julian Dunn-Johnson (17 year old Canadian) and
Brandon Aubrey both played defence at the same time
for TFC. It's usually been an either/or situation.
It looked like it was sometimes-captain Mitchell Taintor
who was the odd man out tonight. Next game I could see
Lars Eckenrode being benched. He gave up the two
Penalty kicks. He picked up a Yellow card on the
second incident and was subbed off at halftime for
Brandon Onkony. (midfielder Brian James was captain
tonight). Jordan McCrary was the other defender although
he has the freedom to run up the wing so was often
well upfield.

I wondered why Shaan Hundal didn't get into the game
tonight? He warmed up but didn't replace Ben Spencer
who stayed the whole 90 minutes. Hundal has been known
for past late game heroics and is a good pairing with
Jordan Hamilton. TFC didn't even make a third substitution!

Referee Pierre-Luc Lauziere gave out two Yellow cards
to each team. I only found out from the USL website
that he gave TFC's Jordan Hamilton a Red card after
the game must have ended for 'foul and abusive language'.
Hamilton may still have been steamed because he couldn't
win a Penalty kick at 68 minutes. Well there goes
my idea about a Hamilton-Hundal pairing at least for
the next game!

NYRB never looked completely comfortable as they
couldn't score a second half insurance goal. Their
best chance was at 83 minutes when they had
Stefano Bonomo cross from 20 yards on the right
and Douglas Martinez leapt at 10 yards in the middle
and headed the ball over the flying goalie and off the
underside of the bar on the right side. The ball bounced
and Florian Valot headed from 7 yards on the right
that the goalie caught just under the bar. Now TFC
had some last gasp efforts with Ryan Telfer centering
a cross from the right at 86 minutes and the sliding
Sergio Camargo rolled a weak 12 yarder that the goalie
smothered. A minute later Telfer had a low 18 yard
shot from the left through the defenders and the goalie
stopped that. Injury time had Camargo take a 45 yard
freekick from the left that was partially cleared
and Brian James blasted a 40 yard rebound through
players up the middle but the ball flew wide left.

NYRB II won the USL Championship last season and
were one of the only MLS based teams to make the
playoffs. This year they're only sixth in the East
and will have to play all of their playoff games
(one-game-knockout format) on the road. Podcasts I've
heard mention the big club has sold and traded away
some of their USL players. The USL site said they
haven't lost since the beginning of August but they
hadn't won on the road since June 3 and this was
only their second road win of the season.

At least with these late games the crowd had thinned
and I got a seat on the streetcar.

TFC II were officially knocked out of the playoffs
the middle of this week without playing as a team
ahead of them won in a midweek game. They had
something like a six zeroes point one percent chance
of making the post season after losing to Rochester
last week. At least most of their losses have been
by only one goal. Their defence has improved from
last year but they don't score enough.

TFC II's record now stands at 5 wins, 16 losses,
7 ties for 22 points and are fifteenth (last)
in the Eastern Conference.

NYRB II improves to 11 wins, 11 losses, 5 ties
for 38 points and are sixth in the East.

Rocket Robin
twitter @RocketRobin01

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