July 8, 2017 USL Toronto FC II--Toronto FC II vs Ottawa Fury FC match recap (from uslsoccer.com)

Uccello, TFC II Downs Fury FC
By NICHOLAS MURRAY - nicholas.murray@uslsoccer.com, 07/08/17, 9:34PM EDT 

Canada U20 international scores standout finish to earn victory

VAUGHAN, Ont. – Luca Uccello scored the only goal of the game as Toronto FC II earned 
a 1-0 victory against Ottawa Fury FC at the Ontario Soccer Centre on Saturday night 
in the second edition of the Battle of Ontario this season. Ottawa’s Ryan Williams forced 
an early save from TFC II goalkeeper Mark Pais in the fifth minute, and Fury FC had 
the better chances over the first 20 minutes as they held the hosts from creating many 
clear-cut chances. Fury FC found the net in the 28th minute, but Steevan Dos Santos was 
ruled offside, while Toronto wasn’t quite able to connect as Ryan Telfer’s cross was 
just out of the reach of Ben Spencer soon after. Pais was then forced into two good 
saves just before the break to deny headers from both Martin Ramon Del Campo 
and Dos Santos, and the game went to the break scoreless. Fury FC had chances 
in the second half, but both Andrae Campbell and Dos Santos missed the target before 
Toronto grabbed the lead in the 73rd minute as the hosts struck perfectly on the 
counterattack. Brian James’ ball over the top found Uccello, and the Canada U20 
international produced a perfect chip from 25 yards that beat Callum Irving in the 
Ottawa goal. Ottawa pressed late to try and find an equalizer, and Pais came 
up with a tremendous stoppage-time save to deny Tucker Hume the last chance 
of the game, and secure his side the victory.

 73’ – TOR – Luca Uccello (Brian James)
•#TORvOTT: Full Match and Opta Box Score

Three Things That Matter:

•1. Toronto FC II hadn’t been able to create many chances over the game, but when 
their best opportunity of the contest arrived, Luca Uccello came through with 
a finish that illustrated the young Canadian’s quality. Breaking forward onto 
an excellent pass by Brian James, the Canada U20 international was being closed 
down quickly by the trailing defenders, but made the perfect finish to catch 
Fury FC goalkeeper Callum Irving with an angled chip from outside the top-right 
side of the penalty area that dropped into the left corner of the net for one 
of TFC II’s best goals this season.

•2. Ottawa had numerous chances to take control of the game in the opening half, 
but through some good goalkeeper by Mark Pais in the Toronto net and some profligate 
finishing, Fury FC was unable to take the advantage its overall play deserved. 
Edged out of the playoff picture going into the weekend’s action, Saturday’s game 
would have been one Ottawa will have believed it needed points in, but instead 
they returned home to the nation’s capital empty-handed.

•3. Toronto FC II faces an uphill climb to get back into the race for the 
USL Cup Playoffs, but games like Saturday’s highlighted how the side could 
be a tricky proposition for opponents moving forward. While Ottawa was unable 
to take advantage of its chances, Toronto’s defense came up big often enough 
to right the ship after giving up 10 goals in the past two games. After recording 
six shutouts in its first 14 games of the season, TFC II got the second half 
of its season off to an ideal start.

USLSoccer.com Man of the Match

Mark Pais, Toronto FC II – Pais provided numerous key saves, most notably 
denying Tucker Hume deep in stoppage time, to earn his side victory and its 
seventh shutout of the season. 

Upcoming Games:
Toronto FC II at New York Red Bulls II – July 21, 7 p.m. ET, MSU Soccer Park
Ottawa Fury FC vs. Rochester Rhinos – July 15, 2 p.m. ET, TD Place

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