Result and details of the Wednesday August 30, 2017 USL game between
Toronto FC II and Saint Louis FC played at The Soccer Centre in Vaughan at 7:30pm.

Toronto FC II (all red, white names and numbers)

................80 Angelo Cavalluzzo
46 Jordan McCrary...77 Brandon Onkony...32 Brandon Alseth...5 Ashtone Morgan
9 Tsubasa Endoh...36 Brain James (cpt)...56 Malik Johnson...54 Ryan Telfer
..............19 Ben Spencer...22 Jordan Hamilton

Subs:...70 Gianluca Catalano (gk)...27 Oyvind Alseth (def)...48 Dante Campbell...50 Matthew Srbely (mid)
...52 Julian Dunn-Johnson (def)...55 Aidan Daniels (mid)...64 Shaan Hundal (fwd)
team officials:...head coach Jason Bent

Saint Louis FC (all white, black names and numbers)

................1 Devala Gorrick
6 Austin Ledbetter...5 Konrad Plewa...24 Tony Walls...23 Ryan Howe
9 Christian Bolesky...11 Mats Bjurman...28 Emir Alihodzic...18 Ivan Mirkovic (cpt)
..........27 Daniel Jackson...7 Sebastian Dalgaard

Subs:...99 Adam Grinwis (gk)...4 AJ Cochran (def)...12 Tyler David (mid)...22 Wesley Charpie (def)
...25 Milan Petosevic (fwd)...44 Tyler Feeley (fwd)
team officials:...head coach Predrag Radosavljevic

First Half:...game starts 7:35pm...TFC defends north end on this overcast and mild evening.
2 min...StL Bjurman centers low cross from 25 yards has StL Alihodzic control at 20 yards and blasts shot
well over net.
4 min...StL Howe long run on left and wins cornerkick.
4 min...StL Howe cornerkick from left has StL Plewa has 15 yard shot deflect for cornerkick on right.
5 min...StL player's cornerkick from right is headed away in crowd at 10 yards by defender.
6 min...StL YELLOW card...Plewa earns it for sliding tackle on TFC Johnson at center line who needs trainer.
9 min...TFC McCrary run on right and crosses from riight that's over end line on fly on left.
13 min...StL Ledbetter blasts 25 yarder from right is well over net.
14 min...StL Dalgaard blasts 25 yarder down middle that flying goalie bats down on left side.
17 min...StL Jackson is injured at TFC 30 yard line but play carries on downfield until whistled down in StL box
for offensive push.
20 min...StL Howe and StL Jackson run down left but ball is crossed well over box.
21 min...TFC Hamilton run to right end line but cross attempts are blocked and StL player clears.
22 min...TFC Telfer long run down left and low cross from 18 yards is blocked by sliding defender.
22 min...TFC Endoh wins cornerkick on deflected cross from right.
23 min...TFC Endoh cornerkick from right drops into box and TFC Hamilton shot from 12 yards tips wide right.
23 min...TFC Endoh cornerkick from right is shot wide right in crowd of players.
28 min...TFC Endoh in middle crosses to left for TFC Telfer. Telfer crosses back to center and Endoh touches down
and TFC Johnson shoots wide right from up middle.
29 min...StL Volesky can't chest pass down on edge of box and defender clears.
32 min...TFC Hamilton has 20 yard shot up middle is blocked by defender on edge of box.
35 min...StL Alhodzic low 35 yard freekick up middle has goalie dive to right to stop on right post.
36 min...TFC Endoh 40 yard freekick from right has StL player boot up at 20 yards and ball is out right for throw-in.
37 min...TFC McCrary long throw-in from right is headed away in box.
38 min...StL Christian Volesky GOAL...StL Austin Ledbetter at 22 yards in middle rolls ball forward and Volesky
steps between two defenders to get pass at 12 yards and at 8 yards even with right post shoots ball over sliding
goalie Angelo Cavalluzzo into top right corner of net.

41 min...TFC Telfer run down left and high cross from 28 yards is well over net.
43 min...StL Ledbetter short throw-in from right is wasted as not even crossed into box.
45 min...TFC Johnson shoots 22 yarder up middle that flying goalie pushes wide right of post.
45 min...TFC Endoh cornerkick from right bounces through box unplayed.
46 min...TFC Endoh 40 yard freekick from right has TFC Morgan pop up header in crowd of players on edge of box
and goalie catches at 3 yards near right post.
46 min...half ends 8:21pm.

Halftime Entertainment: There's an introduction to another KIA key winner, the third of six that might win the lease
to a new car. Another game of 'musical soccer' between four players--the players round the center circle until the music
stops and the players then shoots a ball into one of the mini nets then grab a cone...always one cone less than the number
of players.

Second Half:...starts 8:38pm. It's now dark of course and not as warm.
45 min...TFC Telfer low cross from left has defender in box clear.
45 min...TFC Morgan cross from 20 yard line is forward and goalie flies forward to punch ball away.
46 min...TFC Telfer blast low down middle from 25 yards and goalie dives and pushes wide right.
46 min...TFC player's cornerkick from right is cleared. TFC Telfer low cross from 25 yards has sliding defender
clear at 12 yards.
47 min...TFC McCrary saves ball on right end line on pass too far ahead but cross is cleared.
49 min...StL Volesky is rolled pass from middle and his tough angle 12 yard shot from right is wide left.
49 min...TFC Hamilton whiffs on 18 yard shot up middle on pass from right.
50 min...TFC Endoh is hurt on tackle by StL Jackson at TFC 35 yard line.
52 min...StL goalie dves out at 10 yards to right and smothers as TFC McCrary crashes into him.
53 min...TFC Telfer lont run up middle and passes left to TFC Hamilton and cross is headed away by defender
in center of box.
53 min...StL goalie dives on ball before TFC Spencer can get to ball at 8 yards on right.
54 min...StL YELLOW card...Ledbetter earns it for sliding tackle on TFC Telfer near left cornerflag after long run.
55 min...TFC Endoh 28 yard freekick from far left is cleared by defender's header. A chip back into box
is flagged offside.
57 min....StL Volesky intercepts pass at 35 yards and run into box but is checked off ball.
58 min...StL sub...Charpie replaces Dalgaard.
........St L sub...David replaces Jackson.
60 min...StL Volesky run down middle and taps pass rght for StL Charpie and 12 yard cross is through box.
62 min...TFC Telfer cross from 28 yards on left has defender head ball away.
63 min...TFC sub...Alseth replaces Onkony.
65 min...TFC McCrary wins cornerkick on his cross from right.
65 min...TFC Endoh cornerkick from right has defender head ball away in crowd of players.
66 min...StL Howd 60 yard freekick from left bounces to goalie.
67 min...TFC Telfer gets by sliding defender on run down left and rescues on end line and cross is headed away by defender.
68 min...TFC McCrary 35 yard chip from right is caught by goalie.
71 min...TFC Endoh cornerkick from right is high and bounces out left side of box.
74 min...StL Charpie run up right and StL Volesky and jabs at ball on ground at 7 yards but defender lsides and blocks.
75 min...StL sub...Feeley replaces Volesky.
76 min...TFC Endoh 30 yard freekick from left is cleared from box. TFC McCrary shanks 25 yard partial clearance
up middle well wide right of net.
77 min...TFC sub...Daniels replaces Johnson.
79 min...TFC YELLOW card...McCrary earns it for tackle at TFC 40 yard line injurying a player.
80 min...StL Howe long throw-in from left is cleared by defender in box.
82 min...TFC Hamilton run on right for pass but he's squeezed off ball by two defenders on right edge of box.
85 min...TFC Spencer cuts to middle from right and blasts 30 yarder well high and wide left.
86 min...StL Aliihodzic 30 yard freekick from left sideline is headed away.
87 min...TFC Hamilton low 35 yarder up middle has defender fly left to stop and defender concedes cornerkick on left.
87 min...TFC sub...Hundal replaces Spencer.
87 min...TFC player's cornerkick from left has goalie get hands to in crowd of players and TFC player takes shot.
The StL goalie is injured on the play.
91 min...TFC McCrary cross from right edge of box has defender get to ball and clear.
92 min...TFC Morgan cross from 20 yards near left end line has defender head ball away.
92 min...TFC II Shaan Hundal GOAL...TFC Tsubasa Endoh at 22 yards on right just outside of box sends cross into box
and ball is over leaping TFC Jordan McCrary at 8 yards in middle but TFC Jordan Hamilton chests ball down at 10 yards
while even with left post to center and Hundal steps over from right and blasts 8 yard shot over arm-waving goalie
Devala Gorrick at 3 yards and into top of net.

94 min...TFC YELLOW card...Telfer earns it for his part in a multi-player dust up at StL 40 yard line.
.........StL YELLOW card...Markovic earns it for his part in a multi-player dust up at StL 40 yard line.
95 min...game ends 9:28pm.

Final Score:...Toronto FC II...1...Saint Louis FC...1...

Attendance was announced as 647 on this overcast and mild 
evening (dark by the second half). This is the first home 
game for TFC II since it was announced that next year the 
team would be playing downtown at both BMO Field and Lamport 
Stadium (the other side of the railway tracks 1000 yards away). 
Also next year the tickets would be 'free' in that they are 
part of the TFC MLS season ticket package. Free tickets 
(by staying after TFC MLS games and a special open practice) 
have already taken place this season with a best draw of 3200 
but that is something like 15% of what USL Cincinnati drew 
for some of their key games.

Man of the Match (who is always a TFC II player) was awarded 
to defender Brandon Aubrey. I wonder if that decision was made 
before Shaan Hundal came into the game at 87 minutes and scored 
at 92 minutes? He took the place of Ben Spencer whom I'm sure 
I wrote his number down at most twice for being involved 
in a play and he was anchoring the forward line with 
Jordan Hamilton.

Referee David Barrie gave out five Yellow cards tonight (three 
to Saint Louis) with one at 6 minutes curbing the rough play 
until an injury time dust-up when he gave one each 
to StL Ivan Mirkovic and TFC Ryan Telfer for a multi-player 
pushing match.

Both goalies Angelo Cavalluzzo and Devala Gorrick played well 
tonight with Gorrick especially helped by his defence clearing 
countless crosses sent into the box by Ryan Telfer, 
Jordan McCrary, and Tsubasa Endoh—until that 92 minute hiccup.

TFC (MLS) vets defender/winger Ashtone Morgan (100+ MLS games), 
second year winger Tsubasa Endoh, and forward Jordan Hamilton 
are settling in fine with the USL team. I don't what will happen 
to them next season with the MLS club finding a player from 
Liechtenstein to jump right into the starting eleven.

A tie result is an identical script to TFC's last home game 
against Charleston Independence exactly three Wednesday's ago 
when Jordan Hamilton scored an injury time tieing goal down 
at BMO Field. Then on Saturday night they came back from 2-0 
down in Charleston to win 3-2 scoring three goals against 
a ten man team but between that they lost two more road games.

I was wondering who TFC II would start in net. Cavalluzzo was 
a good choice but Mark Pais who has played about half their 
games was goalie for Saint Louis last season so I thought he'd 
be an insider for the spot tonight.  I received a TFC tweet 
earlier today that Clint Irwin has been 'loaned' to TFC II 
for the time (TFC have a week off from their MLS schedule 
and hasn't played a game for quite awhile). Actually 
Gianluca Catalano was the backup goalie tonight.

TFC (MLS) player Justin Morrow was under a canopy near the 
entrance signing autographs on picture postcards before the 
game. I was one of the first there and said "You're still 
left handed!" as I'd seen him at a TFC BBQ a few years ago. 
I said I saw him at the Gold Cup (for the USA) and said it's 
too bad he wasn't named for this week's World Cup Qualifiers. 
He had a three year gap (2014 and 2017) between call ups.

Other celebs were first team goalie Alex Bono who was on the 
field holding a dog in his arm talking to Saint Louis defender 
Wesley Charpie at halftime. Charpie played for TFC II last 
season. He was an unused sub at that time but came 
in at 58 minutes. Some fans behind me were talking about 
League 1 Ontario and wanting to get out to a game but 
"...I wish there was a team in Scarborough". I cut in and gave 
him two choices and named the stadium. Conveniently Oscar Cordon 
(L1O Woodbridge Strikers/ex TFC) walked by and I pointed him 
out also showing them where Strikers played--400 yards 
southwest of here.

After the game the TFC II players came over to the fence 
to chat with the crowd (one of my favourite things about 
their games here). I asked teenage defender Julian Dunn-Johnson 
who didn't get in the game tonight what name he wanted 
me to use when I write about him. "Dunn-Johnson" is his 
choice although the game program has him as "Dunn" maybe not 
to confuse him with Malik Johnson a teenage midfielder. 
Both started out on L1O Toronto FC III at the beginning 
of this season. I said I hoped he got his place back which 
he lost after a Red card hand ball call two games ago. 
Maybe Brandon Aubrey will overdue it on the espresso coffee 
products that he won tonight as man of the match...Ben Spencer 
won them last their last road game and sleep walked through 
tonight's match.

Saint Louis midfielder Nick Radosavljevic was not in the game
nor on the bench.  He is the son of their head coach 'Preki'.   

Alex Adamo, my TFC II ticket rep, came around the crowd 
at halftime giving out red/yellow novelty cards which double 
as reminders for the web site for a draw for a KIA car. 
I said that I find it such a surprise that the winner will 
own the car while the MLS team the lucky one will win 
a one year lease on the car. Alex admitted that the 
TFC II winner will also just win a one year lease (option 
to buy after that). I've never heard that fact in the promos. 
I've been using that prize story all year while pumping
up the team.

In other news TFC owners MLSE just signed a new contract 
to rename the Air Canada Centre 'The Scotiabank Arena' for 
the next forty years for 800 million dollars! Meanwhile 
my Scotiabank branch was only two blocks away closed last 
year and now I can go twelve blocks away plus they raised 
their service charges. Now I see how they're be spending 
the money they're saving.

The result improves TFC II's record to 5 wins, 14 losses, 
7 ties for 22 points which still leaves them fifteenth (last) 
in the Eastern Conference.

Saint Louis improves to 8 wins, 11 losses, 6 ties for 30 points 
and are eleventh in the East. Their playoff chances dropped 
by 5.1% to 22.9%. They move on to play Ottawa Fury this weekend. 
TFC II chances are rated less than 0.0% and fell last night.

Next home game for TFC II is this Saturday--September 2 
at 7:30pm here against Rochester Rhinos. I expect to miss 
my first home game of the season as I have just been press 
accredited earlier today for the Canada vs Jamaica national 
teams friendly at BMO at exactly the same time.

Rocket Robin
twitter @RocketRobin01

Toronto FC II starters

Saint Louis FC starters

Saint Louis Christian Volesky (9) takes opening kickoff.

TFC Jordan McCrary (46) has just taken throw-in to TFC Tsubasa Endoh (9).

midfield action

TFC Ben Spencer (19) takes second half kickoff.

TFC Ryan Telfer (54) dribbling ball in midfield.

TFC player's freekick is into Saint Louis box.

Justin Morrow from the MLS Toronto FC team signing autographs before the start of this game.

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