May 24, 2017 USL Toronto FC II--Toronto FC II vs Richmond Kickers game recap (from

Toronto, Richmond End Deadlocked
By NICHOLAS MURRAY -, 05/24/17, 2:06PM EDT 

10-man Reds hold on to earn point against Kickers

VAUGHAN, Ont. – Toronto FC II and the Richmond Kickers played to a 0-0 draw on Wednesday 
afternoon at the Ontario Soccer Centre. Neither side was able create much in the 
opening 25 minutes, and Oliver Minatel’s header from Raul Gonzalez’s free kick which 
was saved by TFC II goalkeeper Mark Pais brought the first real scoring chance 
in the 28th minute. The Kickers (2-4-4, 10pts) ramped up the pressure as the half 
went on, and Pais had to make another good save to keep out a header by Chris Durkin 
in the 41st minute, but the teams went to the break scoreless. Richmond’s Mikey Minutillo 
almost gave his side the lead three minutes into the second half, but his effort 
went just wide of the right post, while Toronto (1-5-4, 7pts) had its first good look 
at goal soon after as Shaan Hundal shot over after a clever back-heel in the penalty 
area by Luca Uccello. Toronto was reduced to 10 men on the hour-mark when Anthony Osorio 
was sent off, which allowed Richmond to ramp up its pressure, but Toronto held 
on to earn a point as Pais finished with a five-save shutout.


•#TORvRIC: Full Match and Opta Box Score

Three Things That Matter:

•1. On the balance of play, the Kickers should have claimed all three points from 
Wednesday’s game comfortably, but the team’s inability to execute in the penalty 
area left more points on the table. The Kickers have now drawn four consecutive games, 
and have scored only two goals in the past five games. If the team’s run of reaching 
the USL Cup Playoffs in every season of the league’s history is to continue, 
the Kickers front line must start firing.

•2. Toronto had managed to get more of a foothold in the game in the second half 
after finding little joy in the final third during the first half, but that was shot 
to pieces when Anthony Osorio got himself sent off just a minute after coming 
on as a substitute in the 59th minute. After a tussle for possession with 
Richmond’s Alex Lee inside the Toronto half, Osorio’s overreaction as the players 
untangled left his side under even stronger pressure from the visitors for the 
final half-hour, but more importantly greatly diminished the chance for three 
points on home turf.

•3. United States U17 international Chris Durkin returned to the Richmond lineup 
for the first time since helping the U.S. U17s reach the World Cup at the 
2017 CONCACAF U17 Championship in Panama earlier this month, and put in a solid 
shift in the center of midfield has he continued to belie his age against more 
experienced opposition. Durkin still could be stronger on the ball, he came 
up short winning only six of 17 duels, but when he got on the ball Durkin 
was stellar, completing 50-of-56 passes and having two well-hit shots from 25 yards 
charged down. Much is thought of the D.C. United Homegrown signing, and he showed 
again on Wednesday why. Man of the Match

Brandon Aubrey, Toronto FC II – Aubrey held Toronto’s defense together well, 
particularly after the side went down to 10 men, recorded eight clearances 
and three interceptions, and won all six of his duels.

Upcoming Games:
Toronto FC II at FC Cincinnati – May 27, 5 p.m. ET, Nippert Stadium
Richmond Kickers at Ottawa Fury FC – May 27, 2 p.m. ET, TD Place

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