August 26, 2017 USL Toronto FC II--Charlotte Independence vs Toronto FC II game recap (from

Hamilton, TFCII Upend Charlotte
By Staff, 08/26/17, 9:25PM EDT 

Toronto rallies from two down against shorthanded Independence

MATTHEWS, N.C. – Jordan Hamilton delivered the final blow in the 76th minute as Toronto FC II completed 
a three-goal rally to upend the Charlotte Independence, 3-2, Saturday at Sportsplex at Matthews. 
Charlotte standout Enzo Martinez, who has been on a roll of late, managed to pull back a pass from 
Siaj and fire a shot inside the far post to open the scoring in the 21st minute. In the 32nd minute, 
Siaj played the role of finisher, collecting a threaded pass from Bilal Duckett and unleashing an effort 
that deflected off TFCII defender Ashtone Morgan and inside the far post. For Siaj, it was his third 
goal of the year – two of which have come against Toronto. Charlotte’s Alex Martinez was sent off early 
in the second half and that opened the door for the Toronto comeback as Morgan was able to pull one back 
with a left-footed effort off a corner kick, just two minutes before Ben Spencer equalized by pouncing 
on a loose ball in the area and sending it past Independence keeper Cody Mizell. Hamilton completed the 
comeback when he collected a feed from Jordan McCrary, controlled, turned and sent his effort into 
the top corner for the decisive blow. With the result, Toronto improved to 5-14-6 overall (21pts) 
and 2-11-2 away from home, stopping a 13-game winless streak on the road. The Independence now stand 
at 12-5-8 overall (44pts) and 6-2-4 at home. 

21’ – CLT – Enzo Martinez (Jaime Siaj)
32’ – CLT – Jaime Siaj (Bilal Duckett)
69’ – TOR – Ashtone Morgan (Ben Spencer)
71’ – TOR – Ben Spencer
76’ – TOR – Jordan Hamilton (Jordan McCrary)
•#CLTvTOR: Full match and Opta box score

Three Things That Matter:

•1. The loss was the first for the Independence in eight games since the Sportsplex at Matthews became 
the squad’s permanent home. In seven previous contests in Matthews, Charlotte had posted a 5-0-2 record 
while outscoring visitors by a total of 14-4. For Toronto, it was the side’s first road victory since 
edging Phoenix Rising FC, 1-0, in the season opener and marks the team’s first win over a conference 
opponent away from home since a 2-1 triumph over Orlando City B in Week 25 of the 2016 campaign.

•2. Head coach Jason Bent’s side continues to capably play the role of spoiler as the young group 
has now taken four points off conference frontrunner Charlotte in August after the two sides played 
to a 2-2 draw north of the border on August 9. Hamilton tallied both TFCII goals in the draw which 
came one game after Shaan Hundal’s 52nd minute goal sent Toronto past the then first place 
Charleston Battery. With six of its remaining seven games coming at home against playoff contenders, 
TFCII will have as much to say as any Eastern Conference side when it comes to shaping 
the playoff picture.

•3. Despite the setback, 2016 USL All-League First team selection Enzo Martinez continued to make his 
case for a repeat selection by finding the net for the fifth time in the last six contests. 
Now on 14 goals for the season, Martinez ranks second in the Eastern Conference behind only the 
Battery’s Romario Williams (15 goals). Martinez and Jorge Herrera (12 goals) are the highest scoring 
duo in the USL and are one of only two pairs of teammates with at least eight goals to this point 
in the season, joining Golden Boot race leader Dane Kelly and Antoine Hoppenot of Reno 1868 FC. Man of the Match:
Ben Spencer, Toronto FC II – The 22-year-old ignited the rapid comeback, assisting on Toronto’s 
first goal before pouncing on a loose ball to send home the equalizer.

Upcoming Games:
Charlotte Independence vs. Richmond Kickers – Sept. 2, 7 p.m. ET, Sportsplex at Matthews
Toronto FC II vs. Saint Louis FC – Aug. 30, 7:30 p.m. ET, Ontario Soccer Centre

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