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  1. Result and details of the Sunday August 20, 2017 League 1 Ontario game between North Toronto Nitros and Toronto Skillz FC played at Esther Shiner Stadium in North York at 7:00pm. 6 min...NTN Kinlay Shulman GOAL...NTN Nikolay Saveliev rushes down left side and low cross from 20 yards along 6 yard line has charging Shulman blast 6 yard shot forward into middle of net. 19 min...TS Julio Martorano tackles NTN Niklas Bauer who was running into left side of box. Referee Joan Vlahos awards NTN a Penalty kick and gives Martorano a Yellow card. 20 min...NTN Niklas Bauer GOAL...Bauer rolls Penalty kick to right side of net as goalie Lucas Birnstingl dives left. 29 min...TS Liam Cox wins Penalty kick on sliding tackle on left side of box. 30 min...TS Leslie Fitzpatrick GOAL...Fitzpatrick blasts Penalty kick roller to right corner of net as goalie Stefan Dusciuc is frozen in middle of goal. 50 min...NTN Niklas Bauer GOAL...NTN Kevin DaSilva on left passes low centering ball to Bauer who from 12 yards controls ball and shoots low 12 yarder into right corner of net. 51 min...TS RED card...Goalie Lukas Birnstingl earns it as the last man back for grabbing shoulder of Kevin DaSilva who was deking by him on edge of box. Tim Van Gelderen came in to play goalie and subbed for field player Julio Matorano. Final Score:...North Toronto Nitros....3...Toronto Skillz FC..1... Attendance was about 50 on this hot and humid evening with the bright sun setting in the north west. Nitros faced the east in the fiirst half. The section I was in had a loud section of Skillz parents—even louder than I remember last week at their home game against Windsor. This is the first time this season I've been to Esther Shiner Stadium*. I've been to two Nitros home games at Varsity Stadium in downtown Toronto but now that the University of Toronto school season has started the team is bumped (like last year) to whatever field they can get. Early L1O schedule posting had their late season games at Downsview Park (not on the KIA Training Grounds property) but a move here is even closer to my home. Referee John Vlahos gave out one Yellow card to each team, gave a Penalty kick to each team and gave a Red to the Skillz goalie but the teams were both well disciplined. Nitros found early success running down the left side and after their early goal exploited that continuously the rest of the half. Nitros played very well defensively. They limited the number of shots that Skillz took with timely blocks and swarming offensive players. The one opening was on the play that resulted in the Skillz penalty kick. Defender Jason Akoa had been injured and had left the field. Nitros weren't expecting a sub so soon and had nobody warming up. It took about 8 minutes to replace him. In his absence, Skillz ran a play up the left side and the understrength defenders pulled a player down. Next best chance was just before the half when Neil Brown had a 7 yard shot stopped point blank by the sliding Nitros goalie who recovered quickly and punted to start a fast break upfield. Niklas Bauer scored two tonight and three last weekend (one in each game on a Penalty kick) to zoom up to 5 goals in only four games this season (all within the last month). Leading scorers on Nitros are Mirza Custovic with 7 goals and Kyle Laborde-Agres with 6 goals but neither have played since June. Bauer took delight in some great runs up the middle bashing by three defenders and then being stopped or blocked by the fourth. Both teams had some chances in the second half. 59 minutes had Nitros Nkolay Savaliev blast a 33 yarder between players off the bar. 65 minutes had Skillz Neil Brown cross from 28 yards after a run down the left had the goalie step forward on the right post and got a hand to and bat away to break up a TS player charging to the post. Brown got another chance when he flicked a header from 12 yards after receiving a long upfield pass that hit the outside of the right post at 74 minutes. 80 minutes had Kinlay Shulman have a 15 yard shot from the right hit the outside webbing of the net. 10 minutes later he had a 15 yard shot saved by the sprawling goalie on the short side right post and his 8 yard rebound blast was blocked by a defender. I felt Skillz were greatly handicapped from any comeback attempt once they were down to ten men and I was waiting for Nitros to roll up the score. Nitros record improves to 9 wins, 5 losses, 2 ties for 29 points with a goals for/against of 41/24. They are in third place in the Eastern Division only four points behind Woodbridge Strikers who did not play tonight as they were in a tournament this weekend with Vaughan Strikers, Toronto FC III, and Juventus (Italy) U-17 team. TFC III ended up winning over Juventus in Penalty kicks. This was the first game for Skillz after their first win of the season last Sunday against a short sided Windsor. They were scheduled to play a rescheduled game on Thursday night against the last team that hadn't won this season but that game was postponed for a second time because of a wet field. Skillz record falls to 1 win, 13 losses, 0 ties for 3 points. They are eighth (last) in the East. Their goals for and against is 14 to 46 so tonight's score is almost as close to a 1-3.75 to hit as close to their average score as possible. * This stadium is where my regular soccer watching started in the 1988 season when I watched North York Rockets of the "Canadian Soccer League (1987-1992)" [Wikipedia name to distinguish it from the later league] from their second year onward. That first game against the defending champs Vancouver 86ers where Rockets being the worst team in the inaugural season pulled a 3-1 upset in front of a sellout crowd—the stands were full and folding metal chairs were brought in to line the track into the endzone. I think the crowd was announced as 3000 to 3200 and the only time I remember it ever selling out. North York mayor Mel Lastman gave a short speech that night (Toronto mayorship wouldn't come until years later and he campaigned against amalgamation!). My younger self often walked there and sometimes beat the then 30-minutes-between bus service of those nights. Rocket Robin robing@eol.ca twitter @RocketRobin01
  2. Result and details of the Saturday August 19, 2017 League 1 Ontario game between North Mississauga Panthers and ProStars FC held at the Hershey Centre Fields in Mississauga at 8:30pm. 57 min...NMP Anthony Wright GOAL...NMP Evan Beutler cornerkick from right is over box but NMP Nicholas Martinez blasts 22 yarder from left that goalie Jonathan Albanese stops but Wright shoots in rebound from 8 yards to right side of goal. 86 min...NMP Andi Mortina GOAL...NMP Nicholas Martinez at 28 yards is pushed by defender to lose ball. Mortina gets to ball and spins to get away 25 yarder from left to top right corner of net. Final Score:...North Mississauga Panthers...2...Pro Stars FC...0... Attendance was about 100 on this mild night although windbreakers were worn by almost everyone as it was almost dark by game time and the temperature was dropping. Referee Braedon Krampert gave out only two Yellow cards (one to each team) that I counted, both in the first half to keep things under control. He was near the sideline at 30 minutes when he gave one to PS Noah Costa--"that's the third time" he said as if he was counting his high kicks. Well at least he gave him warnings until then. North Miss dominated this game in terms of possession and shots at goal. Jonathan Albanese was in net for ProStars and still wearing a mask to protect his broken nose but was daring enough to make diving saves and take on any shot. It looked inevitable that North Miss would eventually score but finally getting one in at two thirds mark and not being able to get an insurance marker until near the end meant a tie was always a possibility. Adam Majer earned the shutout for North Miss. He had all but a few routine saves to make and covering the angles well made it look even easier. ProStars were always one pass away from springing a break or getting a clear shot. Even the parents were shouting things like "stop dithering in the back" when times got desperate. Panthers defensive line of Daniel Whyte, Anthony Wright, captain Gareth Davies, and Dale Cudmore frustrated ProStars with their blocks and takeaways. ProStars use a young lineup. Tonight they had seven teenagers starting. Their subs bench was composed of mostly even younger teenagers. They have scored a league low of 11 goals in 15 league games this year. ProStars have moved three of their older players on to Europe. Adel Rahman (22) and his brother Navid Rahman (21) have both signed for KFC Komarno of the Slovakian Second Division and Uday Arora (21) has signed for Leixoes FC of the Portuguese Second Division and that's just this month alone. Black numbers on red shirts don't show up to well crossfield in the dark so I had to use my binoculars a lot to see what North Miss were doing. The start of the game was delayed by 15 minutes and almost lucky it was played at all. The game officials found a ripped part of the field turf in the north end 6 yard box. There was talk of moving the game to the next field over which wasn't being used at that time of night but the DJ would have to stay where he was as he said there weren't electrical plugs for his equipment. Finally a maintenance guy brought over some yellow coloured duct tape to patch the turf back down and get the game started. It didn't look like the patch had any effect on the game. All the delays meant that they skipped the national anthems but it was nice to hear the goals and subs read out clearly. It was my first time this season watching a Panthers home game although the fifth time I've seen them this year. I have been to the Hershey fields twice before but that was to watch Sigma FC home games who play here too. In fact the Sigma game vs Toronto FC III was supposed to be played at 4:00pm but it was postponed three days ago (doubtful they would have known about the hole). I asked a league official and she said it was at TFC's request as they were in a tournament. Yes they are in a U-17 tourney with Vaughan, Woodbridge, and Juventus (Italy) Italy this weekend. TFC III usually has an older than age 16 lineup this season but that may be the reason. The win moves North Mississauga Panthers to a record of 5 wins, 8 losses, 2 ties for 17 points and fifth place in the Western Conference. ProStars record falls to 0 wins, 14 losses, 1 tie for 1 point and last in the eight team West. They are now the only team that hasn't won this year after Toronto Skillz won on Sunday. ProStars and Skillz were supposed to play on Thursday night in Brampton but the game was canceled by 'The Garden City' for wet grounds for the second time in three weeks...Thursday it had really rained a lot during the day and evening. Rocket Robin robing@eol.ca twitter @RocketRobin01
  3. Result and details of the Friday August 18, 2017 League 1 Ontario game between Durham United FA and Vaughan Azzurri played at Kinsmen Park in Pickering at 8:00pm. 9 min...DUFA Jumbo Iyowuna GOAL...DUFA Joseph Roccasalva turns back on right sideline near cornerflag and crosses into box. Iyowuna nods free header from 8 yards to low left side of net past diving goalie Michael Argyndes. 39 min...VA Jarek Whiteman GOAL...VA Jackson Tooke intercepts pass at DUFA 30 yard line and rolls ball to right for Whiteman to shoot 25 yarder from right into top left corner over goalie Ben Cowman. 54 min...DUFA (VA Joseph Amato own goal) GOAL...DUFA Taylor Lord cross from 15 yards on left has Amato take midair 5 yard clearance kick on right side but he sends it into own net. 57 min...VA Jarek Whiteman GOAL...VA Joseph Amato sends high clearance kick from 80 yards on left upfield and Whiteman gets pass at 35 yards on left and runs between two defenders and rolls 18 yarder that goalie dives to left but only gets piece of and rolls into left corner. 59 min...VA Jarek Whiteman GOAL...VA Joseph Di Chiara rolls pass from left at 22 yards and Whiteman blasts 10 yarder in middle to top center of net. The DUFA bench was complaining about why the VAs got away a quick freekick from well downfield. 84 min...VA Jorgo Nika GOAL...VA Brandon Mills short pass from 30 yards to left for Nika to shoot 18 yarder from left into top right side of net. Final Score:.....Durham United FA......2.....Vaughan Azzurri....4... Attendance was about 55 on this mild night with the sun already setting below the tree line at the start of the game. Lukasz Kowalewski gave out three Yellow cards that I counted. (two against DUFA). He wasn't too popular from each team bench but he had control of this game. Jarek Whiteman scored three goals again last night for Vaughan. This is the second game within a week that he's done that as he had all the goals in their 3-0 win against Sanjaxx on Sunday. He now has 20 goals for the season and pulls further ahead of FC London's Elvir Gigolaj with 13. Michael Argyrides made his first start in goal for Vaughan. He is listed as a 1999. He gave up some rebounds but the defenders gave him time to smother them and he was more inclined to palm or tip the ball than make a risky catch attempt. The more 'experienced' goalie until tonight was Shyon Gaeeni who had his first game last week shutting out Sanjaxx. He is also a 1999. They seemed to have taken over from Colm Vance, Andrew D'Souza and Daniel Goscniak who had played all games until then. Vance I believe is still with York University so that may account for his absence. Another Vaughan player born in 1999 is Ryan Raposo who was recently named Top Soccer Player at the Canada Games on the gold medal winning Team Ontario. This was the first game of the season for midfielder Jonathan Lao who came in at 80 minutes to replace Whiteman. Lao told me he had recovered by torn patellas in both knees sustained in November. I hadn't noticed ex TFC midfield player Chris Mannella on the Vaughan roster in the last few league line-scores. I asked club official Tony De Palma and he answered that they know he's trying out for some clubs in Spain. There's some fan run mock drafts for the new CanPrem League that had him being selected early but if that league doesn't start until maybe 2019, a guy has to make a living so I can understand why he's over there trying to catch on for a club. This was the first match of the season held at Kinsmen Park in Pickering. An L1O official before the game described to me how the grass had been cut too short and there were track tire marks sunken into the field on the north side making the grounds unplayable. As the GTA had rain every day or by every third day for months, the ground would never even out. I enjoyed watching DUFA games at the alternate indoor Pickering Soccer Centre especially on nights when it rained, but the official said at the last game it got so hot and humid in there his note paper stuck together. Tonight the steady breeze at Kinsmen kept the bug count down and I didn't have to use much spray. I also remembered from last year to take as many pictures as I could in the first half because the stadium lighting isn't so good once it's dark. League 1 Ontario has now switched back to games within their own conference for the last third of the season except for a few that were postponed. The loss leaves DUFA in fourth place with a record of 7 wins, 6 losses, 3 ties for 24 points in the eight team Eastern conference. The win improves Vaughan's record to 10 wins, 2 losses, 3 ties for 33 points and second place in the East only two points behind Woodbridge Strikers who have not played this weekend. DUFA and Vaughan had played to a 0-0 result on the opening weekend. DUFA was selling this as a revenge game for the L1O Cup where Vaughan knocked them out in the second round in Penalty kicks. Rocket Robin robing@eol.ca twitter @RocketRobin01
  4. Soccer Centre has max around 1500 on aluminum stands, port a potties, no concessions except for food trucks that park before the stands. OSC would need a lot of work to bring it up to 5000-8000 Can Prem standards.
  5. August 14th, 2017 e-mail to me as I'm a TFC II season ticket holder: Dear TFC II Season Ticket Members, I’m writing today to let you know that next season TFC II will be relocating from the Ontario Soccer Centre to downtown Toronto. The City of Vaughan and Ontario Soccer Centre have been valuable partners and supporters of the club the last three seasons and TFC would like to thank everyone for their support. I would also like to thank you, our Season Ticket Members, for your support of our Young Reds. The venue for the 2018 season has not been finalized but we do know TFC II will be playing home games at BMO Field and Lamport Stadium and we look forward to seeing you there. For any questions regarding this move please contact Alex Adamo at Alex.Adamo@mlse.com or 416-815-5313. Thanks again for your continued support and we hope to see you at TFC II’s next home match on Wednesday, August 30th vs. Saint Louis FC. All For One, Bill Manning President Inconvenient for me as more 90+ minute TTC commutes each way rather than a 30 minute drive.
  6. August 14th, 2017 e-mail to me as I'm a TFC II season ticket holder: Dear TFC II Season Ticket Members, I’m writing today to let you know that next season TFC II will be relocating from the Ontario Soccer Centre to downtown Toronto. The City of Vaughan and Ontario Soccer Centre have been valuable partners and supporters of the club the last three seasons and TFC would like to thank everyone for their support. I would also like to thank you, our Season Ticket Members, for your support of our Young Reds. The venue for the 2018 season has not been finalized but we do know TFC II will be playing home games at BMO Field and Lamport Stadium and we look forward to seeing you there. For any questions regarding this move please contact Alex Adamo at Alex.Adamo@mlse.com or 416-815-5313. Thanks again for your continued support and we hope to see you at TFC II’s next home match on Wednesday, August 30th vs. Saint Louis FC. All For One, Bill Manning President
  7. Result and details of the Sunday August 13, 2017 League 1 Ontario game between Toronto Skillz and Windsor TFC Stars played at Birchmount Stadium in Scarborough at 4:00pm. 24 min...Skillz Frantz Bill GOAL...A Windsor defender's clearance in the box is off Bill at 15 yards and the ball deflects into the left side of the net beyond the diving goalie Kyle Vizirakis. 76 min...Skillz Neil Brown GOAL...TS Leslie Fitzpatrick rolls pass from 45 yards to Brown breaking in alone from 30 yards and he rolls 15 yarder from left into right corner of net. 92 min...Skillz Kamara Joseph GOAL...TS Neil Brown passes through ball for Joseph in middle and from 20 yards he chips goalie standing at 10 yards and ball bounces into net. 93 min...Windsor RED card...Goalie Kyle Vizirakis earns his second Yellow of the game for complaining about the goal being allowed (and not being called offside). 95 min...game ends before play resumes. Final Score:....Toronto Skillz......3.....Windsor TFC Stars.....0..... Attendance was about 35 plus about 20 ball kids on this still hot and humid late afternoon. I don't know if the league will admit Windsor finished with nine men. Wait you say? Robin, you only listed one RED card! Yes because they only started with ten men! How? They carpooled to Toronto again (I asked a group of players after the game) five hours to get here with no bench and not enough starters. The thing is they had enough chances to beat the last place team in the league until fatigue from this hot day, smart subbing, and the Skillz ability to finally time their runs effectively to win the ref's assistant's approval on offside calls leading to a few breakaways in the second half. Stars stayed under the canopy of their player's bench between halfs I suppose to conserve energy. I've seen Stars four times this year and there were a lot of unfamiliar faces. Going through the L1O roster for the team, it appears there were five of the ten playing in their first game for them today. One guy looked like he was more the team bouncer than a player. Referee Lukasz Kolwalski gave out a total of eight cards, four to each team. Both teams were caught often on offside plays. There were no water breaks called which further wilted the Stars. The first goal looked like it would stand. Strange is that it was the second time in the game a defender's clearance attempt almost resulted in a goal. At 12 minutes TS Leslie Fitzpatrick gave a through ball chip to TS Neil Brown at 30 yards. A defender retreated and checked him from behind. Another defender cleared the ball off Brown at about 18 yards and the ball ricocheted backward and just missed the top right corner of the Windsor net. Windsor players had a few chances in the second half but were sometimes faced with 1 v 3 or 1 v 4 plays. A minute after the second goal, WS Jordan Lidia rolled a centering pass from 20 yards on the left and WS Michael Pio shot a 10 yarder over the bar. Pio had shout for a Penalty kick on a 1 v 3 rush up the middle at 63 minutes when he bashed by one defender at 25 yards and then was squeezed between two more at 15 yards who jostled him over. Lucas Birnstigl earned the shutout for Skillz with a few key saves. When the game ended I went on the field and congratulated Skillz co-head coach Leslie 'Tiger' Fitzpatrick for his team's first win of the season after twelve straight defeats. The former Trinidad & Tobago international is now 38 and played the whole game to ensure the victory. He was setting up teammates all afternoon and it finally paid off in their second goal. I said "...you play who they put in front of you (ten guys)". He agreed and said they've been struggling all season. Now I don't have to worry about Thursday's game when they have a rescheduled game against ProStars FC who are now the only team that have not won a game all season. Skillz could be on a win streak after that game! I asked a Skillz official about suspended players Andre Simmond and Adam Waithe who were both Red carded within three minutes for head butting in a game last month that got out of hand against Oakville. She said Simmond was still serving his suspension and Waithe has disappeared. "Disappeared" as in went back to school? Nope they've lost contact with him. I waited for Stars captain Stephen Ademolu to leave the dressing room and asked talked to him about why the shortage of players today. There have been other times they've been short on subs this year but never not having enough starters. He said they've had three players leave the team now that NCAA and Canadian schools have started their preparation for the school season. Their youth academy (which every L1O team uses to fill rosters) is involved in the Ontario Cup so they weren't available either. I said this reminded me of the bad old days in the CPSL when they came short and L1O at least schedules reasonably timed afternoon games for them. I reminded him of one late night CPSL game when a player after a game start delay "Can we just get on with this? I have to teach school tomorrow!". This is the first time this year I've been to Birchmount Stadium. I have seen a Skillz home game but was held at a different park. I asked a stadium official if the scoreboard didn't work for just today. He said it hasn't worked all season and blamed it partly on the construction they are doing out in the parking lot. It was quite an obstacle course to get here. The last block of Birchmount Ave is also undergoing construction with the road ripped up. Needless to say all times are converted from my wristwatch. I expect they just started after the Robbie Tournament ended last month. Toronto Skillz record improves to 1 win, 12 losses, and 0 ties for three points. That's still well down in eighth place (last) in the Eastern Conference. Windsor falls to 5 wins, 6 losses, and 4 ties for 19 points. That's good for fifth place in the West. Rocket Robin robing@eol.ca twitter RocketRobin01
  8. Result and details of the Sunday August 13, 2017 League 1 Ontario game between Toronto FC III and North Toronto Nitros played at KIA Training Centre in Downsview at 1:00pm. 7 min...TFC Daniel Da Silva GOAL...TFC Riley Ferrazzo runs down right side and sends low cross from 22 yards near end line. A defender tries to head it and stops ball at 5 yards. Da Silva doesn't wait and boots 6 yarder into net between that fallen defender and goalie Mark Rogal who hesitated from picking up the ball. 48 min...TFC Daniel Da Silva GOAL...TFC Cyrus Rollocks gets pass at center line on left and charges down wing. He sends low cross along 15 yard line and Da Silva shoots 12 yarder forward into right side of net past flying goalie. 53 min...NTN Niklas Bauer GOAL...NTN Jason Akoa chips pass from 60 yards on right downfield forward to Bauer and he runs down wing and 18 yard shot is deflected by sliding goalie Gianluca Catalano at 6 yards and ball pops over him and into left corner of net. 56 min...NTN Niklas Bauer GOAL...NTN Callum Fleming at 60 yards sends pass forward on right to Bauer who ran to 25 yards and crossed to left where NTN Russell Rodrigues got it at 15 yards on far left. He crosses back to middle of box and Bauer heads 8 yarder down middle just under bar. 61 min...NTN Niklas Bauer was tripped on sliding tackle in TFC left side of box by TFC Afram Gorgees. Referee Filip Dujic calls for a Penalty kick. 62 min...NTN Niklas Bauer GOAL...Bauer blasts Penalty kick low to right corner of net as goalie dives left. Final Score:...Toronto FC III....2...North Toronto Nitros....3.. Attendance was about 50 on this hot and humid, sunny afternoon. I hadn't been to KIA Training Centre for just over two months but today had the least wind of any game here over the years I can remember. Referee Filip Dujic gave out three Yellow cards (two to Nitros). He also called for a water break in each half. Niklas Bauer scored all three goals for Nitros. He had a chance at 37 minutes when he deked the goalie in the box and had his shot blocked by sliding defender Rocco Romeo at 6 yards. He wouldn't be denied in a ten minute flurry when he scored his goals even drawing the foul to set up his Penalty kick. A L1O official mentioned that he played for ANB Futbol and Aurora FC in previous seasons. I looked through some of my old reports. Yeah 2014 he was on ANB, the same team as the Mills brothers (now with Vaughan) and Adonijah Reid (drafted by MLS FC Dallas and now loaned to USL Ottawa Fury). Reid scored his first goal on the weekend against first place Charlotte Independence but with all those tweets, you'd think his old team would mention Bauer today too. Nitros have an association with the University of Toronto. Today they had seven players on today's roster that were on the 2016 varsity team. (I haven't seen a list posted on the U of T website yet for who's on the 2017 team). One consequence is like last year, now that the school year is starting, Nitros will have to move out of the Varsity Stadium in downtown Toronto. Next week's home game was originally scheduled for Downsview Park (the field is only about 300 yards from here) but will now be at Esther Shiner Stadium in North York. This is the time of year in past seasons when TFC moves up in the standings as other teams lose players going away to NCAA and Canadian universities. This season TFC has been effected by roster shifts. Midfielder Dante Campbell has signed a contract to move up to TFC II for their USL roster. Defender Julian Dunn- Johnson had moved up a few months earlier and hasn't given up his TFC II starters spot. Midfielder Kota Sakurai has left the team to attend Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. Also many of L1O top tier teams have stacked their rosters with non-school age vets to showcase their skills for the new Canadian Premier League. Canadian National team coach Octavio Zambrano was at the League Cup final last week and tweeted his compliments of that game for scouting by the new league. It looks like TFC won't be playing against Sigma FC high-schoolers late in the season. Both teams started this game ten points out of first place although TFC had a record six points better than the Nitros but are in the tougher Western conference. TFC's record falls to 9 wins, 3 losses, 2 ties for 29 points and stay in third place, 10 points behind co-leaders Sigma FC and Oakville Blue Devils in the West. Nitros record improves to 8 wins, 5 losses, 2 ties for 26 points and hop over Durham United into third place and are now 7 points behind Woodbridge Strikers. While it would have been nice to talk to the players today I had just enough time I thought to drive cross town to get to Scarborough and watch Toronto Skillz and Windsor TFC Stars. Rocket Robin robing@eol.ca twitter RocketRobin01
  9. Good call! Yeah Malik Johnson actually replaced Aidan Daniels at 83 minutes. Something about wearing numbers #55 and #56 that I mixed up.
  10. Result and details of the Wednesday August 9, 2017 USL game between Toronto FC II and Charlotte Independence played at BMO Field in Toronto at 8:00pm. 48 min...TFC Jordan Hamilton GOAL...TFC Aidan Daniels (correction) intercepts pass at 35 yards and runs up right even with post to 18 yards and has shot blocked. He then rolls ball to middle for TFC Tsubasa Endoh who dribbles forward a few steps to defender and taps to left for Hamilton who runs to top left of 6 yard box and rolls ball past another defender and sliding goalie into right corner of net. 61 min...Charlotte (TFC own goal) GOAL...CI Joel Johnson rushes up right to end line and low 22 yard cross just before TFC Ashton Morgan slide can deflect it behind line has CI David Estrada and TFC Mitchell Taintor with legs up lunge for it at 8 yards along line and ball bounces at 2 yards and TFC goalie Mark Pais on right post gets hand to but steers it into own net. [the goal was announced as scored by Joel Johnson over the PA but USL records changed it to an own goal.] 64 min...Charlotte RED card...Donald Smith earns it as he and TFC Jordan McCrary slide from opposite directions for a loose ball at TFC 35 yard line and Smith studs catch chin of McCrary injuring him. McCrary had got foot to ball first to clear. 78 min...Charlotte Jaime Siaj GOAL...TFC Jordan Hamilton is stripped of ball from behind by CI Yann Elva in middle on edge of CI box. CI Henry Kalungi is given short pass and he dribbles upfield on left and sends pass forward from CI 50 yard line to Siaj running up sideline to get ball at TFC 30 yard line. He dribbles forward and ahead of TFC Julian Dunn-Johnson and cuts towards goal and shoots low 10 yarder from left into right corner of net past sliding goalie on left edge of 6 yard box. 91 min...TFC Jordan Hamilton GOAL...Hamilton at 35 yards in middle rolls pass to TFC Ashtone Morgan on left sideline past slide of CI David Estrada. Morgan at 25 yard line runs forward to 15 yard line then rolls ball back to TFC Liam Fraser and his cross from 35 yards on left finds Hamilton who chests ball down at 12 yards on right and steps to center to get shot around CI Austin Yearwood and curl it into left corner of net. Final Score:...Toronto FC II.....2......Charlotte Independence....2... Attendance started at 1000 which was about half the crowd that had watched the TFC first team Open Practice that ended at 7:10pm. (more on that at the bottom of this report). By halftime that had dropped to 750 and down to less than 500 after Charlotte took the lead. Fans were squeezed into the 100 sections of the East stands except for a small supporters group who were allowed to move to the south endzone. About 200 Army cadets seated together in the main stands started their own cheers at different times of the game. Referee David Barrie who switched places after the warm up from fourth official to replace Marie-Soleil Beaudoin. He gave out three Yellow cards late in the game (two to Charlotte for time-wasting) and the one straight Red. Two changes to the TFC lineup that surprised me because of their huge upset win over the then Eastern Conference leaders Charleston Battery were that Mark Pais was given the start in goal after Angelo Cavalluzo had registered a shutout in that game. Also the only goal scorer in that game, Shaan Hundal started on the bench in favour of Ben Spencer but was subbed in at 32 minutes after Spencer and CI Bilal Duckett crashed heads jumping for a ball in the CI box six minutes earlier. The Independence had an unusual lineup in that their two leading scorers (with 12 goals each) did not start. Enzo Martinez was suspended for two Yellow cards on the weekend—the second of which was from what I've heard was pulling off his shirt celebrating his hat trick. (He was named USL Player of the Week for that performance). George Herrara was the other but he did sub in at 56 minutes. [Today, Thursday he was just awarded USL Player of the Month for July]. Jordan Hamilton scored both goals for TFC II. I don't know if this is enough to get him back onto the MLS roster but if the coaches hung around after the practice they could see for themselves. Tsubasa Endoh and Ashtone Morgan are also players who shuffle back and forth between the two teams. They also played well tonight. Seventeen year old Julian Dunn-Johnson continues to hang on to his starting position in defence over TFC draft pick NCAA grad Brandon Aubrey. 86 minutes had Dunn-Johnson make a sliding tackle just outside the box on Yann Ekra who had gotten the ball at 45 yards and bashed up the middle and was winding up for a shot and possible insurance goal. None of the players in this game was part of the TFC Open Practice held a few hours earlier. TFC II had beaten the first place team on Saturday night in their victory over Charleston Battery (Jordan Hamilton was not in their lineup that night) and now have a result over the new leaders Charlotte who took over that same night. The tie improves TFC II's record to 4 wins, 12 losses, 6 ties for 18 points and fourteenth place in the fifteen team Eastern Conference. It is only the second game they have scored at least two goals this season. A tie is not really good enough at this stage of the season to climb into eighth place for the last playoff spot. Sportsclubstats.com has their weighted average chances of making the playoffs down to 0.2%. The tie improves Charlotte's record to 11 wins, 3 losses, 7 ties for 40 points and keeps them in first place in the East. They extend their unbeaten streak to twelve games but would really have loved to stretch their lead further in first place after taking over last weekend for the first time this season. Charlotte Independence is a rather newly formed team (2014) and took the place of Charlotte Eagles who dropped to the PDL because of them. Eagles just won the PDL Championship a few weeks ago in the playoff final over Thunder Bay. They are not related. Two great teams! Woooh! I believe the wrestlers Ric Flair and his daughter are also from that city. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx The Toronto FC Open practice: This was an event scheduled on a few weeks notice with invitations sent out for TFC Season Ticket Holders to come and watch. I expect this has replaced the annual BBQ held on a summer weekend at the KIA Training Ground. That event has proven so popular that it was available by lottery last year and I was not chosen to go. BBQs were fun but it wasn't a time to meet the players as the MLS team was usually out of town on that weekend. Sometimes injured players were signing autographs. Yesterday's event also has probably replaced the Open practice that was held for schoolkids as I haven't hear of this year. Everything today was General Admission but only the 100 levels on the East side were opened up. I sat in my usual SSH seat. There was really nothing very interesting for me to watch. I always try to get to the games before the gates open so I get to see the players warm up for half hour before the match. There were a few Q&A sessions—with microphones being passed around and a text address to ask questions. They were all softballs about the main team so there was no news discovered. The only question that interested me was about the heart monitors/GPS system bibs that the players wear. It turns out ALL their players wear them—some like to wear it over their t-shirts and some under—I had believed only the over the t-shirt wearers were participants. Fans from the supporter groups chanted between breaks in the Q&A periods. Recovering midfielder Steven Beitashour was practicing some running drills away from the main practice and drew cheers when he ran by our sideline later on. They held a 20 minute 9 on 9 scrimmage game with goals at the 25 yard lines and narrowed the field with pylons 7 yards inward between first team players. After practice Tosaint Ricketts and Jay Chapman were part of another Q&A with just more softballs and nothing about the national team. The schedule for me was going to be Open practice, dinner, and TFC II game. It turned out since I wandered in through my usual gate which was unguarded when I got there, I didn't get a voucher for food. When I saw the vouchers that others had I didn't want to lose my spot so didn't leave to come in through the proper gate. I didn't want to buy anything...$6.00 for a slice of pizza...that makes a good story about TFC's president Bill Manning comparing the Toronto market with a pizza restaurant and only having enough room for one in the city when he was initially questioned about the upstart Canadian Premier League earlier this year. Fans were encouraged to stay in their seats for the TFC II game for free which would start within an hour later. I brought my TFC II ticket with me anyway so it was no freebie for me. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx It was nice to get to get out of there and onto a half empty streetcar. Also the Blue Jays baseball game was still going on so I was able to get out of Union Station on the subway without having to fight their fans for a seat. TFC II's next game is Sunday against Bethlehem Steel to start a three game road trip. Their next home game is Wednesday August 30 against Saint Louis at their more familiar home Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan. Rocket Robin robing@eol.ca twitter RocketRobin01
  11. I don't think they'd do that. Last night was a chance to retain a trophy. A League game is just one of many and they are five points out of first.
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Result and details of the Sunday August 6, 2017 League 1 Ontario Men's Cup Final between Woodbridge Strikers and Vaughan Azzurri played at The Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan at 8:30pm. 2 min...VA Brandon John GOAL...VA Jarek Whiteman touches ball at 18 yards in middle tapping ball back to John and he shoots 22 yarder that banks in off the bar on the top right corner away from goalie Quillan Roberts. 27 min...WS Emmanuel Issac GOAL...WS Christian Cavallini rolls pass from 28 yards on far left and Issac shoots 22 yarder from left into top right corner of net. 58 min...WS James Baker GOAL...WS Dylan Carreiro cross from 25 yards on left has Baker head 8 yarder forward and just under bar on right side of goal well away from goalie Andrew D'Souza. 59 min...VA RED card...Joseph Di Chiara earns his second Yellow card (first at 40 minutes) from referee John Vlahos for a delayed call of a sliding tackle. 73 min...WS Emmanuel Issac GOAL...WS Luca Baldassarre rolls pass from 22 yards on left on run and Issac rolls 12 yard shot into right side of net. Final Score:...Woodbridge Strikers.......3....Vaughan Azzurri.....1... Attendance was about 250 but not really an overlapping crowd although that would be possible as the Strikers women's team had just finished their Cup final game less than half hour before. London fans would have been on their four hour drive home by the start of this game. Woodbridge would be considered the home team by geography at least as their home ground is only about the length of three football fields away. This game was really rough with lots of tough tackles. Vaughan was out-carded three to one by referee John Vlahos in the first half. With that and two goals there was no added time given which drew complaints from Vaughan players as they were on a break upfield. Vlahos had to put up with complaining from players and their benches. There was even a time at 19 minutes when there was an extra ball had rolled into the middle of the field close to the edge of the WS box that just sat there as action continued around it. Those early cards came back to haunt Vaughan as Joseph Di Chiara drew a second Yellow a minute after WS James Baker's goal which gave WS the lead and really restricted Vaughan's ability to mount a comeback. Vaughan had to open up the game even more and that resulted in another WS goal and then at one time a 3 on 0 WS break which was had the defender get back in time and stop Dylan Carreiro. I think the final card count was four Yellows and a Red for Vaughan and three for Woodbridge including two non-violent ones --Issac for pulling his shirt off after his second goal and goalie Roberts for time wasting. My thanks to announcer Ari Sokora—the voice of Oakville Blue Devils—I could keep up with the cards and player subs. Also the WS players for helping me fill in the assists on the goals. Those goals were quick and the stadium lighting wasn't the brightest. Woodbridge had more chances with a man advantage but Vaughan never gave up. Even at 88 minutes VA Jarek Whiteman blasted a 25 yard shot from the slight left that hit the top of the bar on the right side of the net. A few guys were missing. Midfielder Oscar Cordon joined the WS celebration wearing a track suit. He said he had a knee injury and couldn't play. On the Azzurri, ex-TFC midfielder Chris Mannella wasn't on the roster nor was forward Thomas Skublak who got the whole tournament started months ago with a first round three goal performance against Toronto Skillz. Woodbridge wins the L1O League Cup for the second time in the years of the league. Vaughan has won it the other two years. The two teams met last year with Vaughan winning 1-0. The first two years these two teams defeated Sigma FC (Vaughan in the inaugural 2014 season at BMO Field—the only time the final has not been played at Ontario Soccer Centre). This was a mixed results day for a lot of the teams here—win some, lose some. The day started at 8:30am and eventually held six games. Games were 90 minutes but ties went straight to Penalty kicks. The OPDL Cup were the first four. Results of the day were: OPDL U-16 Girls Burlington Youth 1 Aurora FC 1 Burlington won in Pks. OPDL U-16 Boys Vaughan 4 Hamilton United 0 OPDL U-15 Girls Ottawa South United 1 Vaughan 1 Ottawa SU won 3-1 on Pks. OPDL U-15 Boys Durham United 0 West Ottawa 0 Durham won 5-4 on Pks. (I arrived late in the second half so got to see the extra round). League 1 Ontario Women FC London 6 Woodbridge 1 Strange about the Ottawa teams is they both entered L1O this year and with restrictions that all new teams can enter only one team when they join. Ottawa South has only an L1O Men's team and West Ottawa has only an L1O Women's team this season. Perhaps when these teenagers are older there will be a club team for their gender in L1O. Now Wednesday it's back to regular season play and the only game scheduled is---Vaughan hosting Woodbridge. Yellow cards from cup games shouldn't cross over to league games. I don't know if tempers will have cooled by then! Rocket Robin robing@eol.ca Twitter RocketRobin01
  13. Result and details of the Sunday August 6, 2017 League 1 Ontario Women's Cup Final between Woodbridge Strikers and FC London held at The Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan at 6:00pm. 12 min...FCL Ashley Campbell GOAL...FCL Jade Kovacevic rush on left rolls ball through box from 20 yards near 6 yard line. An FCL player in the middle misses but Campbell takes 12 yard shot from a tough angle on the right into left corner of net. 18 min...FCL Jade Kovacevic GOAL...Kovacevic on run on left cuts into middle at 18 yards and bends shot inwards into right corner of net. 45 min (2nd half)...FCL Ashley Campbell GOAL...Campbell with ball at 20 yards lofts shot into top left corner of net over goalie Alyssa Abernot. 72 min...FCL Marissa Oliviera GOAL...Oliviera recovers partial clearance at 25 yards in middle and blasts shot through crowd of players into top right corner of goal. 75 min...FCL sub...Alana Richardson replaces Emily Gillet in goal. 77 min...FCL Kaila Novak GOAL...Novak has shot from 15 yards on left blocked but recovers and gets rebound from nearly the same spot and shoots into top right corner. 82 min...WS Lindsay Appleton GOAL...WS Lauren Raimondo rolls 28 yard freekick from middle over to right. Appleton at 25 yards on right chips low cross that eludes goalie Alana Richardson and catches inside of left post on the bounce. 88 min...FCL Marissa Oliviera GOAL...Oliviera takes 50 yard chip shot that finds WS goalie out at 18 yards and ball bounces into net while chased by retreating goalie. Final Score:...FC London........6......Woodbridge Strikers......1..... Attendance was about 250 on this mild mostly overcast day. The crowd was about 2 to 1 pro-London fans which was impressive because the city is about a four hour drive away. This is the only L1O Women's game I've attended this season. On the Men's side including later tonight I've been to 33. With TFC and TFC II games I don't have time to write up anything more. I did attend the Canadian Women's National team when they beat Costa Rica back in June but I can't say I'm an expert on the women's side of this league. London dominated possession and the Strikers rarely got within 30 yards of the FCL goal. Later some league and team officials were discussing this game as 'Women against Girls'. Game sheets I was given just give a breakdown of 'U-23' (i.e. 'Y' or 'N'). London went with a roster of seven starters Not U-23s with four U-23s and all five on their bench were U-23s who all got into the action starting at 61 minutes. Woodbridge only had three players who were not U-23s and two of those started on the bench. The MVP for the game was awarded to FCL Denise Fortin for her strong midfield play. Referee Kim Lee (a woman) gave out only one Yellow card (to Woodbridge) that I noticed and that was not until well into second half injury time. Usually by the third WS pass, London had regained possession. I read stories on the L1O website each week about London and see midfielder Jade Kovacevic mentioned often. No wonder as she has 20 goals in 11 games! I remember her from going to Toronto Lady Lynx games in the now defunct W-League. After this game I asked her if she used to commute all the way from London for every game. She answered me that she was from Georgetown and later moved to London to attend Fanshawe College. She has graduated now in Business Marketing and still lives there. (Georgetown is about one hour's drive north west of Toronto). I also kept thinking I knew the name Ashley Campbell from somewhere. At home I realized I'd followed her three years of Lady Lynx seasons—2012 to 2014 (Kovacevic was just 2013 that I could find). Both players played for the Canadian U-20 team but now at age 23 and 24 are forgotten about. However with the Canadian Women's team ranked third or fourth in the world, I'm going to sit back and not make any suggestions. In regular L1O league play, London has a record of 7 wins, 2 losses, 2 ties for 23 points and second place—actually in a three way tie but with games in hand on the two other teams. They are on a seven game unbeaten streak since the middle of June. Hmm Ashley Campbell's first game was June 23 so I'm sure that's part of the reason! FCL is tied for best defence only allowing nine goals. Woodbridge has a record of 5 wins, 6 losses, 2 ties for 17 points and are in eighth of the eleven team league. First place team is North Mississauga Panthers 7 wins, 1 loss, 4 ties for 25 points. NMP is the other team that has only allowed nine goals. I got marooned on the east side of the field for the men's game waiting for game rosters as the L1O Men's Cup Final started right after the Women's trophy presentation. Rocket Robin robing@eol.ca Twitter @RocketRobin01
  14. Result and details of the Sunday August 6, 2017 League 1 Ontario Women's Cup Final between Woodbridge Strikers and FC London held at The Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan at 6:00pm. 12 min...FCL Ashley Campbell GOAL...FCL Jade Kovacevic rush on left rolls ball through box from 20 yards near 6 yard line. An FCL player in the middle misses but Campbell takes 12 yard shot from a tough angle on the right into left corner of net. 18 min...FCL Jade Kovacevic GOAL...Kovacevic on run on left cuts into middle at 18 yards and bends shot inwards into right corner of net. 45 min (2nd half)...FCL Ashley Campbell GOAL...Campbell with ball at 20 yards lofts shot into top left corner of net over goalie Alyssa Abernot. 72 min...FCL Marissa Oliviera GOAL...Oliviera recovers partial clearance at 25 yards in middle and blasts shot through crowd of players into top right corner of goal. 75 min...FCL sub...Alana Richardson replaces Emily Gillet in goal. 77 min...FCL Kaila Novak GOAL...Novak has shot from 15 yards on left blocked but recovers and gets rebound from nearly the same spot and shoots into top right corner. 82 min...WS Lindsay Appleton GOAL...WS Lauren Raimondo rolls 28 yard freekick from middle over to right. Appleton at 25 yards on right chips low cross that eludes goalie Alana Richardson and catches inside of left post on the bounce. 88 min...FCL Marissa Oliviera GOAL...Oliviera takes 50 yard chip shot that finds WS goalie out at 18 yards and ball bounces into net while chased by retreating goalie. Final Score:...FC London........6......Woodbridge Strikers......1..... Attendance was about 250 on this mild mostly overcast day. The crowd was about 2 to 1 pro-London fans which was impressive because the city is about a four hour drive away. This is the only L1O Women's game I've attended this season. On the Men's side including later tonight I've been to 33. With TFC and TFC II games I don't have time to write up anything more. I did attend the Canadian Women's National team when they beat Costa Rica back in June but I can't say I'm an expert on the women's side of this league. London dominated possession and the Strikers rarely got within 30 yards of the FCL goal. Later some league and team officials were discussing this game as 'Women against Girls'. Game sheets I was given just give a breakdown of 'U-23' (i.e. 'Y' or 'N'). London went with a roster of seven starters Not U-23s with four U-23s and all five on their bench were U-23s who all got into the action starting at 61 minutes. Woodbridge only had three players who were not U-23s and two of those started on the bench. The MVP for the game was awarded to FCL Denise Fortin for her strong midfield play. Referee Kim Lee (a woman) gave out only one Yellow card (to Woodbridge) that I noticed and that was not until well into second half injury time. Usually by the third WS pass, London had regained possession. I read stories on the L1O website each week about London and see midfielder Jade Kovacevic mentioned often. No wonder as she has 20 goals in 11 games! I remember her from going to Toronto Lady Lynx games in the now defunct W-League. After this game I asked her if she used to commute all the way from London for every game. She answered me that she was from Georgetown and later moved to London to attend Fanshawe College. She has graduated now in Business Marketing and still lives there. (Georgetown is about one hour's drive north west of Toronto). I also kept thinking I knew the name Ashley Campbell from somewhere. At home I realized I'd followed her three years of Lady Lynx seasons—2012 to 2014 (Kovacevic was just 2013 that I could find). Both players played for the Canadian U-20 team but now at age 23 and 24 are forgotten about. However with the Canadian Women's team ranked third or fourth in the world, I'm going to sit back and not make any suggestions. In regular L1O league play, London has a record of 7 wins, 2 losses, 2 ties for 23 points and second place—actually in a three way tie but with games in hand on the two other teams. They are on a seven game unbeaten streak since the middle of June. Hmm Ashley Campbell's first game was June 23 so I'm sure that's part of the reason! FCL is tied for best defence only allowing nine goals. Woodbridge has a record of 5 wins, 6 losses, 2 ties for 17 points and are in eighth of the eleven team league. First place team is North Mississauga Panthers 7 wins, 1 loss, 4 ties for 25 points. NMP is the other team that has only allowed nine goals. I got marooned on the east side of the field for the men's game waiting for game rosters as the L1O Men's Cup Final started right after the Women's trophy presentation. Rocket Robin robing@eol.ca Twitter @RocketRobin01
  15. Result and details of the Saturday August 5, 2017 USL game between Toronto FC II and Charleston Battery played at The Soccer Centre in Vaughan at 4:30pm. 51 min...TFC Shaan Hundal GOAL...CB Skylar Thomas in TFC end blasts a 35 yard shot from right that's blocked and now he's out of position. TFC Tsubasa Endoh sends pass forward on left to charging Hundal at 35 yards between two other defenders CB Forrest Lasso and CB Taylor Mueller and he runs to just inside left side of box and rolls 18 yard shot into right corner of net with goalie Odisnel Cooper sliding at 8 yards. Final Score:...Toronto FC II.......1......Charleston Battery.....0.... Attendance was announced as 1145 on this mild and partly cloudy day. The sun must have been out more than I thought as most of my game notes were converted from wristwatch time as the sun was shining on the scoreboard. It was also windy the whole game with crossfield gusts from the west making high passes and clearance either die or blow out of bounds. Only way to beat that was to keep the ball on the ground although both teams did not follow that rule. The attendance was excellent (relative to TFC II's other home games) as they haven't played a home game since their win against Ottawa on July 8. Since then their three game road trip they lost all three without scoring. It had rained twice earlier in the day and the MLS team's game away in Washington DC was starting half hour after this game ended. Man of the Match (who is always a TFC II player) was named as Tsubasa Endoh. Just at that time I was over at the player's gate asking Shaan Hundal to fill me in on the assist on his goal...Ok it was Endoh. I had been marking Endoh as someone who was among the worst at judging the wind with a cornerkick flying from one side over the box and out for a throw-in and a weak 33 yard freekick into the wind that didn't even make the edge of the box. Only place windier than here is their KIA Training Centre so they all should be quicker at adapting than any visiting team. I said to Hundai that he should have won the coffee product prize today. Angelo Cavalluzzo earned the shutout for TFC. It was his tenth start of the season. He hadn't been starting for about a month with Mark Pais getting all the games. He had a few key saves to make. Best was at 80 minutes when a Battery cornerkick from the right had CB Taylor Mueller head the ball from 7 yards on the right over to the left and CB Ricky Garbanzo took a 12 yard shot that Cavalluzzo flew over to just under the bar and palmed it over the top right corner. There was a big scare in the last minute of injury time when CB Jarad van Schaik took a 60 yard freekick down the middle and Cavalluzzo at 8 yards even with the right post in a crowd of players in the box looked like he palmed the ball into his own net but the referee whistled play down as a CB player ran into him. The 80 minute save is the kind that should be nominated for Save-of-the-Week because of its importance. I was still getting tweets and e-mails yesterday to vote for Mark Pais for last week. Sure it looked better but if he hadn't stopped it they would have lost 3-0 instead of 2-0. Referee Chris Grabus (who I can't remember ever seeing before) gave out two Yellow cards—one to each team. CB Ricky Garbanza either on a delayed call or talking away from the play at 17 minutes and TFC Julian Dunn-Johnson in second half injury time for stalling around taking a throw-in. The game didn't look rough at all. An official monitoring the game answered me that Grabus was from Montreal. Starting Canadians (seven!) on TFC included goalie Cavalluzzo, defender Julian Dunn-Johnson (age 17, I think I've had that wrong in my last few reports), midfielders Ryan Telfer, Liam Fraser and Aidan Daniels, and forwards Hundal and Malik Johnson. Johnson was subbed out at 74 minutes with a leg injury and replaced by Canadian Sergio Camargo. Daniels lasted 62 minutes. New 'pro signing' from their academy 18 year old midfielder Dante Campbell came in at 82 minutes. Luca Uccello is injured and didn't play today. Battery defender Skylar Thomas played the first 76 minutes. The Canadian played for TFC II last year. He mostly stayed in the back but could be criticized for coming too far forward on the TFC goal. Last year he was often in the opposition box on corner kicks because he's 6'3". The Battery got by without their top scorer Romario Williams who has scored 14 goals this season which is higher than the 11 that TFC have scored all season even after today. He is back from the Gold Cup where Jamaica made the final but missed today's game from what I read because of Yellow card accumulation. Williams scored what turned out to be the winner in the quarterfinal game against Canada. [Late news: The Battery Twitter account at @Chas_Battery put out a tweet that four players Romario Williams, O'Brian Woodbine, Jeffrey Obiiteyt Otoo, and Maikel Chang (first two Jamaicans, Ghanian, Cuban) were held at the border on visa issues. That would account for only a five player bench. Meanwhile in downtown Toronto, hundreds of thousands were at the Caribana parade.] It was a good result for TFC who avenge their worst loss of the year when they traveled to Charleston and lost 6-1 on June 24. The result improves TFC's record to 4 wins, 12 losses, 5 ties for 17 points. They move from fifteenth (last in the Eastern Conference) to fourteenth (if Richmond Kickers don't get a result this weekend). Charleston was in first place in the East but now have a record of 10 wins, 5 losses, 7 ties for 37 points and may be passed by one or two teams this weekend. Their last six results have been tie, loss, loss, tie, tie, and now loss to show they've really cooled down. Next game for TFC II is on Wednesday and it has been moved to BMO Field so they can bookend it after the Toronto FC (MLS) first team practice and have a season ticket holder's meal between the two events. I suspect this has replaced the picnic at the KIA Training Centre which had limited space and last year my invitation was declined. The opponent on Wednesday is Charlotte Independence who were second at the start of the day on a ten game unbeaten streak. There is a good chance they could be the first place team by the time of that game. Rocket Robin robing@eol.ca twitter@RocketRobin01