Result of the Wednesday May 26, 2010 PDL game between Toronto Lynx and Forest City London at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke at 11:00am.

Toronto Lynx (yellow socks and shirts, black shorts and numbers)

...................1 Matthew Felice
4 Erik DeLorenzo...5 Bart Misiak...2 Adrian Butters...3 Julian Ramjohn
8 Greg Lewandowski...13 Mikael McNamara (cpt)...12 Steve Soutar...14 Chris Simm
...........17 Lukas Risto...11 Jean Tshimpaka

Subs:...25 Greg Brooks (gk)...21 Jordan Taylor (def)...20 Danny Nguyen (def)...24 Derek Boakye-Yiadom (fwd)...15 Jonathan Costa (fwd) ...6 Erik Hakim (mid)...19 Bradley Rose (fwd)
team officials:...not listed

FC London (all white, black numbers)

...................1 Jarrett Humphreys
11 Todd Rutledge...4 Sebastian Stihler...21 Kyle Manscuk...39 JJ Raley
17 Alan McGreal...14 Haris Cekic...8 Michael Pereira...7 Ryan Woods
.............20 Luke Holmes...9 Carl Haworth

Subs:...12 Ryan Maduro (fwd)...6 Scott Bibby (fwd)...22 Matt Marcin (mid)...13 Ryan Walter (mid)...2 Jonathan Morris (def)...16 Micheal Arnold (def) ...23 Sam Fairhurst (mid)
team officials:...not listed

Game officials:...referee Steve Senderovich...referee's assistants Yakov Keimaikch and Zac fourth official...(all black uniforms)

1st starts 10:54am...Lynx defend south end on this very hot and humid day with a sun from the south.
2 min...FCL McGreal crosses 15 yard shot from right that goalie catches under bar.
7 min...Lynx goalie charges out into crowd of players to leap and catch 22 yard cross from left.
9 min...FCL Pereira 40 yard freekick from right is headed away by defender on edge of box.
12 min...FCL Haworth 30 yard cross from left sideline caught by charging goalie.
12 min...Lynx Lewandowski short to him and 22 yard shot is just high and wide left of net.
14 min...FCL Holmes charges down middle to head 12 yarder high and wide left of net on cross.
15 min...Lynx McNamara 30 yard freekick to left where headed across box and defender pops over net but goalkick is awarded.
15 min...FCL YELLOW card...Manscuk earns it for sliding tackle at center line.
16 min...FCL Holmes charge up middle from center line passes wide right for FCL Haworth to cross behind net from 20 yards on far right.
18 min...Lynx Tshimpaka steals ball off falling FCL Stihler at 20 yards and pass to Lynx McNamara but defender from 8 yards knocks ball behind own net.
19 min...Lynx player's cornerkick from right is through players in box and cleared.
21 min...FCL Holmes pops 8 yard header just over net on chip from 20 yards is into box.
24 min...FC London Luke Holmes GOAL...Lynx Adrian Butters sends bad header back to his goalie Matthew Felice and Holmes cuts in front of him and rolls 15 yard shot between sprawling goalie's legs.
26 min...Lynx YELLOW card...Butters earns it for tackle on FCL Woods at Lynx 35 yards injurying him.
27 min...Lynx McNamara cornerkick from left is popped up by defender's header and cleared.
28 min...FCL Haworth chips goalie at 15 yards but retreating Lynx Butters gets back to clear over end line.
29 min...Lynx Lewandowski is injured at FCL 30 yards.
32 min...FCL player's cornerkick from left has ball knocked over for FCL Stihler to head ball into near right post from 5 yards but play is flagged offside.
35 min...FCL McGreal taps ball back to FCL Haworth who blasts low 30 yard shot up middle that goalie smothers.
37 min...Lynx sub...Rose replaces injured Lewandowski.
38 min...FCL goalie slides out to block Lynx shot after long run up right side.
41 min...FC London Luke Holmes GOAL...Holmes holds onto ball as he cuts along edge of box and running to right in front of crowd of players and he shoots 10 yarder over goalie and just under the bar into center of net.
43 min...FCL Holmes low cross from 12 yards has Lynx goalie dive to block and defender prevents FCL Haworth from getting away shot from 5 yards.
46 min...half ends 11:40am.

2nd Half:...starts 11:55am.
halftime subs:...FCL Marcin replaces Holmes.
45 min...Lynx YELLOW card...Soutar earns it for knocking over FCL Pereira at Lynx 30 yard line.
46 min...FCL Cekic blasts freekick off player wall, FCL Raley blasts 35 yard shot on side shot off crossbar.
47 min...Lynx Tshimpaka 35 yard freekick down middle is smothered by goalie on left post.
49 min...Lynx McNamara midair 30 yard shot is well over net.
50 min...Lynx YELLOW card...Risto earns it for bump at FCL 40 yard line.
51 min...Lynx Risto chips 20 yard shot in crowd of players over net.
51 min...Lynx sub...Taylor replaces Butters.
52 min...FCL Woods rush up left and cross has FCL Cekic head ball wide right from 10 yards.
53 min...Lynx sub...Nguyen replaces Ramjohn.
54 min...Lynx Simm 35 yard chip from left has ball bounce wide left of net.
56 min...FCL sub...Marcin replaces Pereira.
57 min...Lynx goalie flies to palm ball in box wide right of net to prevent two FCL players knocking it in on cross from right.
57 min...FCL Woods cornerkick from right has ball drift wide left of net.
61 min...FCL Woods rolls pass forward on left for FCL Maduro but Lynx goalie dives to grab ball at 5 yards.
62 min...Lynx sub...Costa replaces Simm.
.........FCL sub...Arnold replaces Rutledge.
64 min...Lynx Tshimpaka rush on right and cuts in and 7 yard shot along end line as he's falling is stopped.
65 min...Lynx Tshimpaka kicks ball into net but play was ruled offside after he'd got up to get ball that Lynx DeLorenzo had blasted off the post from 12 yards with goalie down. Tshimpaka had taken a shot that goalie blocked.
67 min...FCL goalie grabs bouncing through ball ahead of Lynx Tshimpaka.
69 min...FCL Woods cornerkick from right has ball popped up for goalie to catch.
70 min...Lynx DeLorenzo 40 yard freekick from right is over players in box and ball drifts wide left of net for goalkick.
71 min...Lynx sub...Hakim replaces Soutar.
73 min...Lynx Tshimpaka rush down left ducking defender over his back and deking goalie. His cross from left end line has Lynx player cross from right into crowd of players in box instead of takiing a shot straight into the net.
74 min...FCL sub...Walter replaces Stihler.
75 min...Lynx Risto blasts 12 yard shot well over net after he was rolled pass from right.
78 min...FCL YELLOW card...Cekic earns it for tripping up Lynx player on left on long run.
79 min...Lynx DeLorenzo blasts 22 yard freekick from left well over net.
80 min...Lynx sub...Boakye-Yiadom replaces DeLorenzo.
83 min...FCL McGreal has last chance on scramble kicks 5 yard shot that deflects for cornerkick.
84 min...FCL McGreal cornerkick from left has goalie palm ball through box.
84 min...FCL defender concedes cornerkick on ball rolled across goalmouth.
85 min...Lynx Hakim cornerkick from left has defender pop up header.
86 min...Lynx Risto 26 yard freekick down middle is chipped well over net.
88 min...FC London Scott Bibley GOAL...FCL Matt Marcin cross from 20 yards on right has Bibley head in 6 yarder to top right corner of net.
89 min...Lynx Risto(?) 30 yard shot is well wide right of goal.
91 min...Lynx goalie catches 40 yard chip from right.
92:23 ends 12:43pm.

Final Score:..........Toronto Lynx...........0..............Forest City London.................3...............

Attendance was about 1000 people for this midday game made up mostly of school children bused in to watch. It was an extremely sunny, hot and humid day with the city undergoing a heat advisory for the earliest time in their history. The Lynx were kicking off their 14th season. (their 4th as a PDL team).

This was the first game of the season for both teams. Some of the American teams in their conference have already played between two to five games. Next game for both teams is a rematch this Friday in London.

Luke Holmes was the star of the game for London and a surprise that after his two goals he didn't play in the second half. London controlled the game from about the 20 minute mark but during the second half, they had no offence and the Lynx took over but couldn't get accurate shooting to challenge the goalie.

Jarrett Humphreys earned the shutout for FCL without having much to do. Humphreys played last year for the CSL team TFC Academy but that team only uses players under 20 years old.

Adrian Butters may be blamed on the first goal but he made up for it just four minutes later when FCL Carl Haworth chipped the goalie at 15 yards but the retreating Butters got back to clear the sure goal over the end line.

The Lynx problem was frustrating as they couldn't shoot on target. Their best chance was at 65 minutes when Jean Tshimpaka had taken a shot that the goalie blocked, Erik DeLorenzo then blasted the rebound off the post from 12 yards with the goalie down. Tshimpaka who had fallen then got up and kicked the ball into the open net but was ruled offside. At 73 minutes, Tshimpaka rushed down the left side after ducking a defender who had jumped onto his back and he even deked the goalie, finding himself now on the end line he crossed from the left and a Lynx player then recrossed back to the crowd of players into the box rather than take a clear shot on the open short right side.

Lynx Erik DeLorenzo blasted a 22 yard freekick from the left well over the net at 79 minutes and Lynx Lucas Risto chipped a 26 yard freekick down the middle also well over the net at 86 minutes. Geez, get the ball on net so there can be the chance of a rebound at least.

Last year's Toronto Lynx record in 16 games was 2 wins, 13 losses and 1 tie for the second worst record in the 61 team league. They scored only 18 goals and conceded 40. After watching today's game, I think unfortunately, the Lynx can challenge that record. A brief scanning of their roster and it looked like only about six players I can recognize from last year's PDL team.

Referee Steve Senderovich had to give out a few Yellow cards to each team to keep the players under control.

Rocket Robin

Lynx starters

FC London starters

FCL players #9 Carl Haworth and Luke Holmes wait to take opening kickoff.

Lynx Lukas Risto throws ball in to Jean Tshimpaka.

Lynx Chris Simm throws in.

FCL players near center circle.

FCL Haris Cekic has just taken freekick.

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