Rocket Robin

  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Rocket Robin last won the day on May 4

Rocket Robin had the most liked content!

Community Reputation

19 Good

About Rocket Robin

  • Rank
    Polish Lynx Fan
  • Birthday 11/30/1999

Recent Profile Visitors

1,618 profile views
  1. Sunday June 18, 2017 Oakville Blue Devils 4 Ottawa South United Force 2 my take on the game at:
  2. Result and details of the Wednesday June 14, 2017 USL game between Toronto FC II and Orlando City B played at Ontario Soccer Centre at 12:00pm. 8 min...TFC Jordan Hamilton GOAL...TFC Liam Fraser sends low pass from right near center line over to TFC Tsubasa Endoh at 35 yards in middle and he rolls ball forward and left for charging TFC Ryan Telfer who crosses from 22 yards on left edge of box. The ball is over the head of jumping OCB Conor Donovan in middle of box and Hamilton chests it down at 6 yards even with right post and gets shot between Donovan and retreating OCB Scott Thomsen and under sliding goalie Jake Fenlason. Final Score:.....Toronto FC II......1......Orlando City B......0..... Attendance was announced as 1295 for this school day matinee. That was more than their previous school day game by more than 200. These are by far their biggest crowds of the season for any game held HERE as opposed to coasting off the TFC MLS fans who haven't already headed for the exits at BMO Field and would watch a USL game. Referee Pierre-Luc Lauzere called only one Yellow card that I heard announced and that was to an OCB player at 55 minutes. It also looked like he called a water break at 31 minutes but otherwise had not much to do. Angelo Cavalluzzo earned the shutout for TFC II. Last week he was named to the USL Team of the Week as a bench player for a game in which he let in one game but where he practically had to stand on his head to tie Pittsburgh. Today he had not much to do and so will probably not win but I'm sure team officials like it this way as it shows that the defence of captain Mitchell Taintor, Brandon Aubrey, and Robert Boskovic kept most of the OCB shots when there were any at a comfortable distance. Man of the Match (who is always a TFC II player) was named as Liam Fraser). He was in the midfield and started some rushes. I don't remember him winning the espresso machine as the prize so far this year. Only fringe TFC MLS players in the lineup were Jordan Hamilton and Tsubasa Endoh. I will expect they will get a call up soon as TFC has weekend games and two midweek games for the finals of the Canadian Championships against Montreal this month. Hamilton will be extremely important to make up the required Canadian content for those CC games. Sergio Camargo got a start today and he looked good especially at the beginning of his 67 minute game. At 11 minutes he rushed in from the left and had the goalie dive and grab the ball off his feet at 12 yards. 22 minutes and he had a 7 yard shot blocked but won a cornerkick on the deflection. A similar play at 56 minutes but this time it was from 15 yards. OCB really only looked good in the first 20 minutes of the second half. I was expecting more for a team on the margins of the playoffs. Their game started off badly as defender Seb Hines was injured at the 20 second mark when he appeared to do the splits getting his foot caught in the turf as he was trying to change direction and needed to be subbed off. Assuming their 'low uniform number' guy players are on their MLS roster this will be a big blow for both rosters if this is serious. It's also possible that Conor Donovan coming in cold at 2 minutes wasn't warmed up for his first calling on that goal at 8 minutes. OCB has on their roster Canadians Richie Laryea (not here today), Micheal Cox a big forward who had a few chances (similar to big, bashing OC MLS teammate Cyle Larin) and Zachary Ellis-Hayden who was a winger and sent in some crosses to varying success. Cox had a three minute burst starting at 50 minutes when a cornerkick came in from the right and he headed a shot that Cavalluso punched away but straight to an OCB player who took a shot but it was saved by a diving header by defender Brandon Aubrey. Next minute Cox was on a run down the left but he pushed the ball over the end line as he was trying to round a defender. Next minute he got a low shot from 25 yards down the middle between the defenders and the goalie dove to the right side of the net to catch. After the game, players came over to sign autographs. I got Jordan Hamilton to fill me in on who passed him the ball on his goal. Signing with a red marker on some kid's red baseball cap didn't show up too well and even on some kids arm who hadn't brought anything to sign. Down the line Tsubasa Endoh was signing autographs and some adult asked him to sign right on his TFC jersey—well he had a black marker. Too good to resist as the fan's back was turned I said 'sign in Japanese' which made the fan flinch. Even some Orlando players were signing. From my notes I'd marked that Zachary Ellis-Hayden was a Canadian but I blacked out on what city. 'Kitchener' he said—then it came back to me that he'd played for K-W United when they used to come to town and beat the TFC PDL team when they had one until this year. So he played with Sergio Camargo? Yep he remembered that time well. When I got home someone had tweeted a photo of five K-W United guys from those days in a group shot today. Ellis-Hayden, Camargo, TFC II assistant coach Chris Pozniak (then on the KW coaching staff), and non-Canadians Oyvind Alseth of TFC and Ben Polk of OCB. That team won the PDL championship. They didn't give the school kids Thundersticks to clap today but they were more annoying to me. About the same age as the last game, grades 5 and 6. I always sit in the back row of the aluminum stands so I can stand up and take pictures but today there were about two rows of kids staring my way for most of the game so they could look at the ice cream truck. The only time they turned around is when they were cued to scream for a t-shirt toss. The teacher finally bought them something but then with coke in hand the boys kept staring to beg for a hot dog. OK by 70 minutes they were gone as their class left for the school bus. When they get older they will make fine fans for Section 108 at BMO Field (my section) as that's about the time when the rows around me start heading for the exits. The win moves TFC II's record in 14 games to 2 wins, 7 losses, 5 ties for 11 points and moves them off last (15th) place into thirteenth of the time although they've played more games than the other teams. TFC ends a 12 game winless streak dating back to March 24 when they won their opening game on the road at Phoenix (before Drogba joined the team). They scored only their fifth goal of the season today--that's obviously what's been their problem. After the win the audio guy got to play the Depeche Mode song "Just Can't Get Enough" (just like their MLS counterparts) for just the first time this season. Their last 'home' win was their home season finale last year on September 11 against—Orlando City B. OCB actually drop a position from eighth to ninth with the loss. Their record now in 13 games is 4 wins, 5 losses, 4 ties for 16 points which is technically a five way tie for sixth however with the tie breaker as wins, number of games played, and plus/minus goal differential, they drop out of the final playoff spot to Cincinnati with an equal record but OCB now has a '-1' goals against to Cincinnati's '0'. TFC II now goes on the road to play first place Charleston Battery on Saturday June 24 and the next Saturday July 1, play at home at 5:00pm against Harrisburg City Islanders who TFC II pushed down to fourteenth. Hmm, they could win that! Rocket Robin
  3. complete audio of post game press conference plus interviews with players Buchanan, Fleming, Lawrence, Beckie, Rose, and Sinclair
  4. Result and details of the Saturday June 10, 2017 USL game between Toronto FC II and Pittsburgh Riverhounds played at Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan at 7:30pm. 58 min...TFC Tsubasa Endoh GOAL...TFC Oyvind Alseth rushes down right and sends low cross and has Endoh on right while even with right post shoots 10 yarder to top right corner of net beyond reach of goalie Trey Mitchell. 86 min...PR Romeo Parkes GOAL...PR Kenroy Howell approaching freekick at 22 yards in middle from right steps over ball. PR Corey Hertzog approaching from left steps over ball. Parkes down middle bends low freekick around the left side of TFC player wall and goalie Angelo Cavalluzzo dives to left post and gets hand to but only pushes it higher into net. Final Score:.....Toronto FC II........1.......Pittsburgh Riverhounds.....1.... Attendance was announced as 761 on this hot evening with the sun still out in the west and a wind from the west. MLSE worked hard to sell this game. The theme was 'Young Reds Day'. For an hour before game time MLS goalie Alex Bono was signing autographs (he started last year for TFC II). Kids got a TFC wristband which the boys in my row started hitting each other with. After the game kids age 14 and under (had to sign a waiver first) got a chance to take Penalty kicks on a TFC II goalie. I could see it wasn't Angelo Cavalluzzo nor Mark Pais and third stringer Brogan Engbers was away with TFC III as the backup goalie in a League 1 Ontario game against Windsor TFC. Man of the Match (who is always a TFC II player) was announced as goalie Angelo Cavalluzzo who was the obvious choice for all the spectacular saves he made through the game. With TFC outfield players only scoring four goals all season so far, he should be stockpiling the espresso machines they give to the MOTM winner and can re-gift them at Christmas time. Referee Alexis Vaughan gave out five cards that I counted (three to TFC) in a game that was more wide open than rough. She didn't award PR Corey Hertzog a Penalty kick at 90 minutes when he was rolled a ball up the middle by Romeo Parkes but had a sliding TFC defender poke the ball away in the box. Two minutes later when she was calling in the trainer to help a seriously injured PR Stephen Okai injured way back in the PR end, when Hertzog kept yapping about it she gave him a Yellow card so he'd back off. Mike Green had to sub in for Okai. With their MLS team with the week off, this was a game that TFC II would have the best chance of winning for only the second time all season. Their roster was stocked with their fringe players from the big club. Ashtone Morgan, Tsubasa Endoh, Jay Chapman, Ben Spencer, with Jordan Hamilton coming off the bench at 59 minutes. Their timing just seemed to be off along with a good Riverhounds defence mostly clearing the dangers into the box. This team was strength-wise not that much weaker than the Canadian Championship first leg game in Ottawa which the Fury won 2-1. Hmm Fury will be here in less than a month to play TFC II in USL action! TFC II season can be summarized with the last play of injury time chance where Tsubasa Endoh took a 35 yard freekick down the middle over to Brandon Aubrey at 15 yards on the right and he headed the ball across the box and Jay Chapman headed an 8 yarder down the middle that went off the bar and the defenders cleared. Well a tie was a fair result. Biggest surprise of the night was seeing Romeo Parkes in the Riverhounds lineup. Last year he scored a goal in their match against TFC II but within a matter of weeks he had his contract terminated by the league and the team owner when he kicked (at the time) New York Red Bulls II Canadian international Karl Ouimette in the back after receiving a Red card and it made headlines around the world. I thought Parkes would return to Jamaica and we'd never hear from him again or eventually play but never in Pittsburgh but he was tonight back at being their star. Both TFC II asssistant coach Chris Pozniak and play by play commentator Terry Dunfield said they had heard of the situation before I mentioned it. "Sometimes soccer can be very forgiving" is what Pozniak said to me. Rivershounds before tonight were in a five way tie for fifth place so although now they are 4 wins, 5 losses, 4 ties for 16 points, not knowing how the other results went earlier in the day, they may have lost ground. TFC II improve their record to 1 win, 7 losses, 5 ties for 8 points and are fifteenth (last) in the Eastern Conference. The site has the MLS Toronto FC with a 98.5% chance of making the playoffs. Their USL calculations have TFC II with a less than 1% chance of finishing in the top eight in the East for playoff qualification. TFC II's next game is this Wednesday at 12:00pm (Noon) in another school day game. The opponents will be Orlando City 'B'. Rocket Robin
  5. Friday June 9, 2017 Durham United FA 1 Master's FA Saints 1 my take on the game at:
  6. June 3, 2017 Masters FA Saints 2 Toronto Skillz 1 June 4, 2017 Toronto FC III 3 Pro Stars 0 Watching Pro Stars makes it all sixteen L1O teams I've seen in the first six weeks of the season--fastest ever.
  7. my take on the game at:
  8. Saturday May 26th Aurora FC 0 Woodbridge Strikers 1 Sunday May 27th Oakville Blue Devils 1 North Mississauga Panthers 0
  9. Result and details of the Wednesday May 24, 2017 USL game between Toronto FC II and Richmond Kickers played at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan at 12:00pm. 59 min...TFC II RED card...Anthony Osorio earns a direct ejection at RK 40 yard line from referee Sylviu Petrescu. TFC Robert Boskovic makes a sliding tackle which upends RK Oliver and rolls ball forward to Osorio who'd already fallen on previous play. Osario pulls RK Alex Lee over him so he's out of way and Boskovic can make run down line. The play carries on but Lee uses his hands on ground to boost himself and puts foot on the back of Osorio. Osorio swings like he was going to elbow Lee but misses as Lee is only on his knees but Osorio also uses his foot to stamp on Lee's calf. The referee had turned around to see this. Final Score:.....Toronto FC II.......0......Richmond Kickers......0.... Attendance was announced as 1074 which was the largest crowd of the season at Ontario Soccer Centre. The crowd was made up of school kids mostly at the Grade 7 and 8 age group. They were given thunder-sticks to bang together but mostly only screamed "TFC, TFC" when some game crew staff member stood on the sideline to threw t-shirts. Something deja-vu about this game. I double checked after I got home and found it was the Kickers who were the matinee game opponent last May. Since-released Sal Bernal scored the TFC 1-0 winner late in that game. They didn't have the Freestylers doing ball tricks who stole the show last year and earned cheers louder than the players. They did have a motivational speaker and ex TFC defender/now broadcaster Steven Caldwell doing a pregame talk about exercise and nutrition with unseen to them behind the stands a 100 kids were lined up for the ice cream truck and barbecue tent. There was a respectful moment of silence for the victims of Monday's Manchester bombing. The kids here today would have been among the age of the fan base for Ariana Grande. Anthony Osorio was subbed on at 58 minutes, had enough time to sprint to the opposite side of the field to wait for play to restart then take the Red card all within a minute. TFC II had struggled with getting scoring chances with eleven men and they only got worse. Kickers now could be a little more relaxed at the back and look to tee up chances in the scoring zone. Mark Pais earned the shutout for TFC II and had to make only a few saves. He had been squeezed for playing time as he got the call-up to the MLS team to fill in for the injured Clint Irwin but didn't see any action. By the time he came back Angelo Cavalluzzo had taken his spot and was irremovable with 'save of the week' and 'stop of the month' adding to his resume. The TFC PA department has glossed this game over as 'another shutout to earn a point at home'. Matt Turner earned the shutout for Richmond with not much work to do. Kickers defender Mallan Roberts has played every minute of the season. He is a Canadian from age 9 and played for FC Edmonton from 2012 to 2016 and was on loan to Ottawa Fury for some of 2016. He'd be the caliber of player that the new CanPL league will be looking for. Man of the Match (who is always a TFC II player) was named as defender Brandon Aubrey who commanded the backline. Things got tougher for him as not only were they a man down the last half hour, soon after the sending off, defender Robert Boskovic was replaced by forward Malik Johnson to try to give TFC a little more bite up front. Referee Sylviu Petrescu gave out three Yellow cards (two to TFC II) and the Red in a game that wasn't rough except for that one moment. He must have found time in his schedule for today as he's one of the regular MLS referees. Best scoring chances were at 27 minutes when RK Raul Gonzalez took a 45 yard freekick from the right that had RK Mikey Minutillo head the ball on a jump at 18 yards and the goalie dove to block near the line. 29 minutes had TFC Luca Uccello take a 35 yard freekick from the left that had the goalie punch away at 10 yards in a crowd of players. 40 minutes had RK Christopher Durkin get a shot through a crowd of players and the goalie and pushed wide left of the post. 52 minutes had TFC Uccello backheel a pass on the edge of the box and TFC Shaan Hundal blasted a shot well over the net. 77 minutes had Hundal rush on the right and he was tripped up but tapped a pass to Uccello who flubbed a shot from 12 yards and the ball was cleared. Kickers had more shots on net but they were often from 25 yards or more out which meant easy catches for the goalie if they were even on target or a defender didn't clear away. Toronto FC II had a makeshift lineup today as they supplied players to their MLS team to play in the Canadian Championship semi-final in Ottawa last night. They had some starters in that game...defender/captain Mitchell Taintor, midfielders Tsubasa Endoh, Jay Chapman, and Raheem Edwards played the whole ninety (Edwards was ejected in injury time), and forward Jordan Hamilton. Subs included defender Ashtone Morgan and Jason Hernandez. Even bench players who didn't see the field were defender Oyvind Alseth, and midfielders Ben Spencer and Sergio Camargo couldn't play today because some team officials were saying the MLS team didn't get back to Toronto until 4:00am. (yes I realize Chapman, Edwards, Hernandez and Morgan have really transitioned to the MLS team). Also Hamilton hadn't played for neither TFC or TFC II until this last weekend. To fill the roster, they brought some players up from their League 1 Ontario team. Robert Boskovic was a starter on defence and looked good. Midfielder Malik Johnson came into the game at 63 minutes. Matthew Srbely was not used today. The reason I mention them is Toronto FC III has a first round League 1 Ontario Cup game at 8:00pm tonight against rival Sigma FC. It's one game, straight to Penalty kicks if a tie to decide who moves on to the quarter finals. With almost a month between which dates teams picked to play their Cup game, and them 'hosting' the game in Downsview (not the KIA Centre because their turf field has no stadium lights) at an indoor stadium I wonder why they chose tonight to play. This was not a game of league powerhouses. Richmond have now scored only 5 goals in 10 games and TFC II have scored 3 goals in 10 games. These are the two worst goals for records in the Eastern Conference. I think the game could have gone on another hour without any goals. Kickers with that one point now have a record of 2 wins, 4 losses, and 4 ties for 10 points and actually move up to ninth place for now but have played more games than the teams behind them. TFC II with their point move to a record of 1 win, 4 ties, 5 losses for 7 points and stay in fifteenth (last) place. TFC II now go on the road for two games and will not be back until Saturday June 10 at 7:30pm against Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Rocket Robin twitter RocketRobin01
  10. May 21, 2017 North Toronto Nitros 2 Vaughan Azzurri 1
  11. Result and details of the Saturday May 20, 2017 League 1 Ontario game between Toronto FC III and North Mississauga Panthers held at KIA Training Centre in Downsview at 1:00pm. 2 min...TFC Ethan Beckford GOAL...TFC Aidan Daniels on rush on left and at 20 yards he feeds short cross to center for Beckford to shoot low and past sliding goalie Anthony Whyte at 15 yards into left corner of net. 15 min...TFC Marko Mandekic GOAL...TFC Aidan Daniels sends low pass from 30 yards on left over to Mandekic on right and he shoots low 20 yarder to left corner of net. 74 min...N Miss Bradley Fenton GOAL...N Miss Anton Buretic sends in throw-in that goes untouched over to Fenton who shoots in 10 yarder past goalie Gianluca Catalano to top right corner of net. Final Score:...Toronto FC III....2....North Mississauga Panthers.....1... Attendance was about 40 on this mild but very windy day. Again something about this location has the wind blow what seems like triple the speed of the parking lot up the hill. This had an effect on crosses and freekicks being flown or bounced out of play by both teams. The wind was from the east so it did not give either team an advantage with the field's north-south alignment. When I saw TFC III rip open a 2-0 lead I thought the scoreline could get ugly but those were the only goals they could muster. They had more chances but couldn't put them away and Panthers got back into the game for a very even contest and on the last kick of the game Mathew Monteiro with a freekick from 35 yards had his shot fly just over the bar. TFC almost put the game away at 63 minutes when Aidan Daniels took a 22 yard shot up the middle that hit the bar. The rebound fell to a TFC player who put in the rebound but who was at least five yards offside. Referee Tim Wong gave out two Yellow cards to each team. One of them was to TFC Kota Sakurai at 85 minutes for a sliding tackle at their 35 yard line. This brought one of the loudest reactions from the N Miss bench as they wanted an advantage played as they had a player get away on the right wing. The card could come later. Interesting that it was Sakurai who was injured and had to be subbed off before the freekick could be taken. Ethan Beckford scored his fifth goal of the season in only four games. He didn't look too pleased though being the first TFC player subbed out today at 50 minutes. Five goals gives him most in the league but the weekend's not over yet. North Mississauga Panthers joined the league in 2016 but this year I could also say they are an expansion team. Before the game I was talking to head coach Sam Medeiros. He's replaced Rick Titus this year. He said he replaced the entire team from last year with 1998s and 1999s. I double checked after I got home with the last time I saw the Panthers...October 2 last year and that game was right here against TFC Academy and the only player that was on that roster who is still here is today's goalscorer Bradley Fenton. The game sheet checks all the starting eleven as U 23s. (of course with the mandate of TFC III, theirs is the same). The team was 1 win, 2 losses coming into today's game. I said I remembered Medeiros from the North York Astros. He was a defender for them in 1999, assistant coach, head coach for them and other CNSL/CPSL/CSL over the years and even in League 1 Ontario he was an assistant coach for Woodbridge Strikers in 2014. TFC III's record climbs to 2 wins, 2 losses this season with their next league game Sunday the 28th away in Monarch Park against Sanjaxx Lions. That field was windy last week too. Before that they play near here at the Downsview Dome right beside here on Wednesday night against Sigma FC in a L1O Cup match at 8:00pm. Reason for that? The KIA facility (well the one that artificial turf that their Academy teams play on) has no stadium lights! Their deep roster should get them through next week. Rocket Robin twitter @RocketRobin01
  12. Result and details of the Friday May 19, 2017 USL game between Toronto FC II and Tampa Bay Rowdies played at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan at 5:00pm. 9 min...TFC Luca Uccello GOAL...TFC Sergio Camargo sends high chipped pass from 60 yards down middle which finds Uccello all alone at 30 yards and he dribbles forward and shoots low 18 yarder to left corner of net with goalie Matt Pickens sprawling at 14 yards. 67 min...Rowdies Joe Cole GOAL...Rowdies Darwin Jones eludes TFC Ryan Telfer to get away low cross from 22 yards along right end line through two defenders and one Rowdies forward in the 6 yard box and Cole shoot 6 yarder up middle into center of net under diving goalie Angelo Cavalluzzo who'd been guarding right post. 79 min...Rowdies Martin Paterson GOAL...Rowdies Michael Nanchoff takes 33 yard freekick down middle which has Rowdies Neill Collins head ball at 12 yards on right across box for Paterson at 6 yards in middle to head ball into right side of net. 81 min...Rowdies Darwin Jones GOAL...Rowdies Joe Cole recovers TFC Brandon Aubrey's high popped up header at 25 yards in middle and he one-touch rolls pass to right for Jones who steps forward on right and blasts 20 yarder into top right corner beyond flying goalie. The ball tipped off TFC Liam Fraser stepping forward at 17 yards. Final Score:.....Toronto FC II......1......Tampa Bay Rowdies......3.... Attendance was announced as 551 which probably started at barely 100 when the game started. I thought when I saw the schedule at the beginning of the season that the starting time was a glitch but it took me until last week to realize it was to let the fans get home to see the MLS team play New York Red Bulls in New Jersey at 7:30pm. It did take less time to get home than here as the rush hour was over but the TFC game had already started. Giveaway at the gate tonight was a TFC II fridge magnet but they were probably left over because of the small crowd in their season opener against Rochester. Referee Carol Ann Chenard led an all female officiating crew. She only gave out six Yellow cards that I counted (three to each team) and waved off at least one Penalty kick call to each team when TFC Luca Uccello at 35 minutes and Rowdies Georgi Hristov at 41 minutes fell over too easily in the box. She also called each team for an offensive handball in the other team's box. TFC's early goal stopped their scoreless drought at 519 minutes. It was only their third goal of the season in nine games. Scoring has obviously been the team's major problem. Defensively they've been respectable with only nine goals allowed until today. Four of those were against Tampa Bay in the second game of the season when TFC was also shut out. TFC had six Canadian starters in their lineup—Angelo Cavalluzzo in goal, Sergio Camargo, Ashtone Morgan, Luca Uccello, Liam Fraser in the midfield, and Shaan Hundal up front. Ryan Telfer came on at 60 minutes to replace Ashtone Morgan. TFC made the same switch last weekend at their game at BMO Field but that was Telfer for Morgan at halftime. Morgan has been recovering from injury stretching back into last year. If he does come back it will be likely as a winger. His years with TFC Academy and time in the MLS were as a defender. Last weekend I said there were three Canadian starters but it was four. I keep looking for forward Jordan Hamilton to make an appearance as he hasn't seen a minute of MLS action so far this season but he's not with TFC II. [Oops. Just saw him get into the TFC game at the very end]. T&T defender Jelani Peters was transferred to TFC II earlier today. He had been on loan from W-Connection until now. He played the second half and made one key clearance while they still held the lead. Rowdies head coach Stuart Campbell looked like a genius as he brought in Martin Paterson during the stoppage in play on the 79 minute freekick. Paterson took his place then scored right after the kick was taken. TFC II remains in fifteenth (last place) in the East with a record of 1 win, 5 losses, 3 ties for 6 points. The win moves the Rowdies into first place in the East for now as it's the first game of the weekend. This is a team that is putting a big effort into getting one of the expansion franchises the MLS is offering over the next few years. The Tampa Bay local government has just approved a completely privately funded soccer specific stadium which is a huge favourable point for the MLS expansion committee. Tampa's roster right now is a mix of MLS vets and international pick ups. I could see them putting an effort into going far in the US Open Cup to gather more publicity. Captain Joe Cole is their most famous player playing much of his career in England including many internationals until 2010 and at the club level until 2016 most recently with Coventry. Goalie Matt Pickens played for MLS Colorado Rapids from 2009 to 2014. TFC II's next home game starts at Noon on Wednesday May 24 against Richmond Kickers with what I expect will be a crowd of school kids. Rocket Robin twitter @RocketRobin01
  13. my take on the games I saw this weekend: Friday May 12 Durham United FA vs Aurora FC 4-1 Sunday May 14 Sanjaxx Lions vs Windsor TFC Stars 2-2
  14. Result and details of the Saturday May 13, 2017 USL game between Toronto FC II and Bethlehem Steel FC played at BMO Field in Toronto at 6:00pm. 7 min...BS Cory Burke turns and rolls pass forward from 50 yard line up right to BS Marcus Epps who receives it at 25 yards and cuts into top of the box on right. He slows down at 15 yards when facing TFC Brandon Aubrey and TFC Mitch Taintor comes up behind him and trips him up. Referee Pierre-Luc Lauzier awards BS a Penalty kick. 8 min...BS Cory Burke GOAL...Burke rolls Penalty kick to right side of net as goalie Angelo Cavalluzzo dives to left. Final Score:....Toronto FC II......0......Bethlehem Steel FC.....1... TFC was marketing a shutout streak that had lasted a full three games until their last game in Pittsburgh where they lost 1-0. Their goalie Angelo Cavalluzzo had won Save of the Week and Goalie of the Month during that time. The other way of looking at it was during the last five games TFC has not scored! Since losing 3-1 in Orlando (against Orlando City 'B') on April 4, they played 0-0 against Rochester (TFC's only home game), Ottawa, and Louisville, before the Pittsburgh game. Today was not a clash of powerhouses. TFC had a record of 1 win, 3 losses, 3 ties for fifteenth (last) place in the East and Bethlehem were until today 2 wins, 4 losses, 0 ties for da-da....fourteenth place! They are the affiliate of Philadelphia Union who are mired in last place in the MLS league so if their team can't stock move on the big team who are looking for improvements, the pickings must be pretty slim. On the visitor's side I was cheering for Chris Nanco who I watched as recently as last year playing for League 1 Ontario side Sigma FC. He had a good game which was running up the wing and getting crosses into the box but also getting a few shots in. He also earned the only Yellow card of the game. I didn't realize until I was home but Josh Heard is a Welsh born Canadian who played for PDL Victoria Highlanders a few years ago and was subbed on today at 77 minutes. Nanco wasn't even Sigma's best USL player today as Richie Laryea scored for Orlando City B in their road win in front of 19301 in Cincinnati. TFC II had been reinforced by MLS contract players, defender Ashtone Morgan, goalie Mark Pais, and forward Ben Spencer. It wasn't a surprise to followers as they've all been on the TFC II roster earlier this season. Morgan played only the first half but he's been recovering from an injury for what seems like a year. He was playing today as a winger. Ryan Telfer took his place for the second half and played almost as a forward. Pais filled in for the MLS team when Clint Irwin was injured but didn't see any action and he won't get to play with the Canadian Cavalluzzo playing so well this last month. Tsubasa Endoh played almost all the freekicks and cornerkicks. With the MLS team being so deep, he may not get back on the main roster. Ben Spencer was just given an MLS contract within the last two weeks but hasn't seen any action. There's a group of Ben Spencer critics on-line. They are not going to be pleased that he won and expresso machine as Man of the Match (always a TFC II player). Laughable plays included at 53 minutes when he was given a through ball and rushed up the middle on the slight left and rolled a 22 yard shot directly to the goalie. 75 minutes had him take a low 20 yard shot from the right that was into the outside webbing of the net. 84 minutes had Spencer knock down a chipped pass at 20 yards but had a defender check him off the ball without getting away a shot. TFC had three Canadian starters and three on the bench getting two of them into the game. TFC head coach Greg Vanney was watching the game for the West stands with one of his younger kids. Bethlehem goalie Jake McGuire earned the shutout. He had to make some key saves. He was sharp except on one play at 85 minutes, Shaan Hundal blasted a shot from 15 yards that he couldn't hang on to and a defender had to boot the rebound behind the end line. Injury time had Hundal get to a cross and pop a header from 15 yards on the right that bounced and the goalie was able to catch it wide left of the post. Hundal only came in at 59 minutes and he'd have been my 'Man of the Match'. Last year he was the teams leading scorer and now it's hard for the Canadian to find playing time. Angelo Cavalluzzo played goal for TFC II. He didn't have much to do which is good as having to make the 'save of the week' means the defence is letting you down! Of course partly it's on the visitors as #14 in the league tables until today. Attendance was announced as 3033 which was certainly a season best for this team although it's only their second home game of the year and is likely not to be repeated as the team usually plays at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan just outside the city limits of Toronto. They were piggybacking off the MLS game that had finished an hour earlier in which Toronto FC beat Minnesota United 3-2 in front of 27,249. Another quarter of the fans who stayed for beginning of the USL game left by halftime. The fans were corralled into the East stands except the supporter groups who were allowed to stay in the South—probably for the best as they don't mingle well with the families watching in the East. I wasn't taking anything for granted as I brought my TFC II ticket today too in case I ended up out in the parking lot. We had to wait 'upstairs' at the 200 level while the lower section was cleaned. TFC alumi Dwayne De Rosario was signing autographs and a DJ was playing songs. I didn't know that area was accessable from the lower deck from inside. This extra level in proportion looks like it has more washrooms than ours. At about 5:30pm we were allowed back down—general admission although my row hadn't been cleaned at all. The same beer sellers who had called last call at 65 minutes of the first game were back again selling until the end of the first half. MLSE had really hit promoting this match hard. I heard about it through e-mail, team websites and twitter, and announcements today at the beginning, halftime, and end of the MSL game. Production values were high with the same announcer as the MLS game, highlights on the video board after the first half of the game we were watching instead of another replay of the MLS game. No excuses of people saying they didn't know about it. It will be interesting to see how the team uses these figures. They could say retaining just over 11% of the fans proves they should move the team to another city filling a roster of some CanPL team once that gets going. They cover the salaries of their players but don't have to cover stadium rental and staffing. Even today's total (if it were true) is triple last year's crowd in Vaughan for even 'good' weather days. This game had the first 20 minutes played in a light rain but fans were sheltered by the roof. TFC II's next game is Friday May 19 at Ontario Soccer Centre with a 5:00pm kickoff. This game might start off with very low as most people are just getting off work at that time. The Rowdies are second in the East as of last week's standings and are aiming big trying to get an MLS franchise and just had their city agree to a stadium proposal. Rocket Robin twitter @RocketRobin01
  15. my take on the L1O games I saw this weekend: Saturday May 7th Vaughan Azzurri vs. Toronto Skillz 3-2 Saturday May 7th Masters FA Saints vs. Ottawa South United Force 1-5 Sunday May 8th Toronto FC III vs. Sigma FC 1-4 lineups and pictures added should be added before the end of the week.