March 26, 2017 Toronto FC II USL--Match Recap: TFC II at Phoenix Rising FC (from

Match Recap: TFC II at Phoenix Rising FC
March 26, 2017
1:28AM EDT
Adam Krueger

PHOENIX – One Game and One Win. Toronto FC II pulled out an impressive victory 
to open their 2017 campaign.

In front of a record crowd of 6,890, the Young Reds put together a complete team 
performance to defeat the star-studded Phoenix Rising FC.

The Young Reds held off an early barrage from the hosts, before hitting them 
on an early counter. First team loanee Jay Chapman played a through ball for 
the towering Ben Spencer to run onto. Spencer streaked into the box before sending 
a low driven ball towards Ryan Telfer.

Telfer, who had just signed with the team on Thursday, was making his first 
professional start. The product of York University got his right foot to the ball 
and sent it high into the top right corner. And just like that, the Young Reds 
were in front before ten minutes.

Offseason signing Mark Pais also made his debut for the Reds in the match. 
The former St. Louis FC keeper made several key stops in the half to keep 
Shaun Wright-Phillips and the rest of Phoenix Rising FC off the scoreboard.

The second half saw both teams trade several chances. The greatest opportunity 
for the Reds came when the former TFC II, now first team winger Raheem Edwards 
gathered the ball in the box, before making a big cut to his right and firing 
a rocket of a shot on goal. Phoenix keeper Josh Cohen had to be sharp to prevent 
Edwards from doubling the lead.

Head Coach Jason Bent sent out his side in the familiar TFC 3-5-2 system. 
Despite the limited time spent together as a unit in preseason, the team, 
and specifically the back three of Oyvind Alseth, Lars Eckenrode and Brandon Aubrey 
were impressive in leading the team to their first road clean sheet since 2015.

The Young Reds are back in action next Saturday at 7:30 PM when they travel 
to Tampa Bay to take on the Rowdies. Keep up to date with all your TFCII 
news at

Scoring Summary
TFC II – Ryan Telfer 8’ (Ben Spencer)

Misconduct Summary
PHX – Greer 65’ (caution)
PHX – Gray 82’ (caution)
TFC II – Brandon Onkony 89’ (caution)

Toronto FC II (W-D-L):     1-0-0   3pts.
Phoenix Rising FC (W-D-L):     0-0-1   0pts.  


Toronto FC II – 
Mark Pais; 
Oyvind Alseth, Brandon Aubrey, Lars Eckenrode (Brandon Onkony 70’); 
Brian James, Tsubasa Endoh (Jordan McCrary 63’), Markey Delgado, Jay Chapman, Raheem Edwards; 
Ben Spencer, Ryan Telfer (Ricardo John 87’)

Substitutes Not Used: Angelo Cavalluzzo, Anthony Osorio, Liam Fraser

Phoenix Rising FC – 
Josh Cohen; 
Victor Vásquez, Kody Wakasa (AJ Gray 80’), Peter Ramage, JJ Greer; 
Matt Watson, Luke Rooney (Alessandro Riggi 68’), Shaun Wright-Phillips, Mike Seth (Chris Cortez 62’), Jason Johnson; 
Omar Bravo

Substitutes Not Used: Carl Woszczynski, Blair Gavin, Romilio Hernandez, Uchenna Uzo

Venue: Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex
Attendance: 6,890
Referee: Ramy Touchan

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