Result and details of the Saturday September 9, 2007 USL game between Toronto FC II and New York Red Bulls II
played at BMO Stadium in Toronto at 8:00pm.

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

.................80 Angelo Cavalluzzo
35 Lars Eckenrode...32 Brandon Aubrey...52 Julian Dunn-Johnson...46 Jordan McCrary
9 Tsubasa Endoh...36 Brian James (cpt)...14 Jay Chapman...54 Ryan Telfer
...............19 Ben Spencer...22 Jordan Hamilton

Subs:...70 Gianluca Catalano (gk)...20 Sergio Camargo (mid)...48 Dante Campbell (mid)...55 Aidan Daniels (mid)
...56 Malik Johnson...64 Shaan Hundai (fwd)...77 Brandon Onkony (def)
team officials: manager Jason Bent

New York Red Bulls II (white socks and shirts, red shorts and names and numbers)

.................24 Evan Louro
47 Hassan Ndam...35 Jordan Scarlett...88 Vincent Bezecourt...66 Noah Powder
37 David Najem...36 Andrew Tinari...6 Dan Metzger (cpt)...70 Junior Flemmings
...........22 Florian Valot...29 Stefano Bonomo

Subs:...40 Rafael Diaz (gk)...12 Zeiko Lewis (fwd)...17 Arun Basuljevic (mid)...39 Tmothy Schmoll (def)
...50 David Abidor (def)...91 Douglas Martinez (fwd)...92 Ethan Kutler (def)
team officials:...manager John Wolyniec

Game officials:...referee Pierre-Luc Lauzere...referee's assistants Peter Pendli and Melissa Sneddon
...fourth official Yusri Rudolf (he was the VAR referee for the MLS game an hour before)...(yellow shirts,
black shorts and socks)

First Half:...game starts 8:05pm...TFC defends south end. It's dark already.
2 min...NY Valot heads 5 yarder on left to near post and TFC Dunn-Johnson clears.
2 min...TFC Hamilton pops up 22 yard header backwards that bounces to NY goalie.
5 min...TFC James 22 yard shot is well high and wide left of net.
7 min...NY Bezecourt 25 yard roller from riight is wide rght.
13 min...TFC Endoh resuces ball on right end line and passes back to TFC Hamilton at 12 yards on right.
Hamilton chests ball down and fires shot that sprawling goalie saves on right post.
18 min...TFC Endoh quck pass from 30 yard in middle to left has TFC Spencer roll 20 yard shot wide right.
19 min...TFC McCrary passes to TFC Endoh who crosses and charging TFC Chapman shoots from 15 yards over net.
20 min...TFC McCrary run on right and rolls ball forward to TFC Endoh whose low cross is cleared by defender
at 8 yards.
21 min...NY Flemmings heads 8 yarder on left into ground and ball bounces on cross from right. NY Valot rushes
on right and crosses from 20 yards.
22 min...NY Bezecourt shoots 25 yard roller through defender's legs but goalie smothers.
24 min...NY Bezecourt is tapped pass and 25 yarder is rolled wide right.
28 min...NY Metzger 25 yard low shot up middle has goalie push wide left by diving to the left.
29 min...NY Bezecourt cornerkick from left is knocked around in box and finally cleared.
30 min...NY YELLOW card...Metzger earns it for grab on TFC Endoh at TFC 50 yard line.
31 min...TFC McCrary cross from right is over box for TFC Telfer to head 15 yarder from left that defender
clears away at 8 yards.
32 min...TFC Endoh 45 yard freekick from left sideline douesn't even make box on right.
34 min...TFC Jay Chapman GOAL...TFC Brian James at TFC 45 yard line in middle passes ball forward
and left to TFC Ben Spencer who rolls ball from NYRB 40 yard line on left forward to TFC Jordan Hamilton
who charges forward from 30 yards on left and sends low bouncing cross from 22 yards just outside top
corner of box. Chapman running forward to 7 yards even with right post beats charging goalie Evan Louro
and rolls ball under him to left side of net.

35 min...NY Bonomo rush on right adn pass centered to NY Bezecourt who one-touches 20 yard shot that goalie stops.
36 min...NY Najem shoots 28 yarder well over net.
40 min...TFC Spencer stops pass and turns and rolls 22 yarder wide right.
41 min...TFC Lars Eckenrode pulls down Florian Valot in box and referee Pierre-Luc Lauziere calls for a Penalty kick.
42 min...NYRB Stefano Bonomo GOAL...Bonomo rolls Penalty kick into right corner of net beyond diving
goalie Angelo Cavalluzzo.

43 min...NY Flemmings bends 25 yard cross from left wide right of net.
44 min...TFC Lars Eckenrode pulls down NYRB Vincent Bezecourt who had deked through two players on edge
of TFC box to get to 15 yards. The referee awards NYRB a Penalty kick.
.........TFC Yellow card...Eckenrode earns it for his part in last play.
47 min...NYRB Stefano Bonomo GOAL...Bonomo rolls Penalty kick into right corner of net beyond diving goalie.
48 min...half ends 8:53pm.

Halftime Entertainment: A team rep comes out into the stands to give away a bag of Espresso coffee supplies.
There's a game of bubble soccer with two people doing a race to kick the ball into mini-nets. The players at the
end seem more interested at bumping each other over rather than scoring.

Second Half:...starts 9:08pm...the temperature is getting cooler. All the folks who were wearing shorts
have gone home.
halftime sub:...TFC Onkony replaces Eckenrode.
45 min...TFC James pushes over NY Bonomo injurying him at TFC 30 yard line.
46 min...NY Valot 33 yard freekick from left has goalie fly left to push ball wide of post.
46 min...NY Bezecourt cornerkick from left is whistled down in box.
48 min...TFC Spencer is given pass up left and his low cross has TFC Hamilton one-touch 10 yard shot
that goalie smothers in middle.
48 min...NY Flemmings cross from 25 yards on left is over box and bounces out right for goalkick.
51 min...TFC Endoh 33 yard freekick from left has TFC Spencer head ball wide right as he's bumped in crowd
of players at 10 yards.
52 min...NY sub...Basuljevic replaces Bezecourt.
52 min...NY Flemmings has chip fall to him at 15 yards but he can't get away shot.
53 min...TFC McCrary run on right and low cross has TFC Hamilton one-touch 10 yard shot wiide right of post.
53 min...NY goalie beats TFC Hamilton to slide and knock away ball at 15 yards and defenders start fast break out.
55 min...TFC Hamilton has 18 yard shot from left just deflected wide left from 15 yards.
56 min...TFC Endoh cornerkick from left has TFC Chapman head 7 yarder over net.
57 min...NY Valot rush for ball in TFC box but defender clears it off him for goalkick on clearance at 5 yards.
58 min...TFC McCrary can't left cross on right end line and defender blocks it and clears.
58 min...NY Bonomo run on left and low cross into box has defender clear.
62 min...TFC YELLOW card...Dunn-Johnson earns it for body check on NY Valot at TFC 35 yards nowhere near ball.
64 min...NY Basuljevic 35 yard freekick from left has NY Flemmings in middle leap and head 10 yarder wide left of post.
64 min...NY Najem bends 30 yard shot from right that dips just over net.
66 min...NY Bonomo is fed through ball pass and his low 15 yard shot is topped by sprawling goalie on right post.
67 min...NY Flemmings shot from 15 yards on right is past goalie on right post but TFC Aubrey at 1 yard line in middle
of goal makes clearance and prevents tap-in by NY player waiting on left post.
67 min...NY Flemmings rolls pass into box from right a step ahead of sliding NY Bonomo.
68 min...TFC Spencer at 22 yards in middle rolls ball between two defenders and TFC Hamilton can't win Penalty kick
in NY box when NY Tinari bumps him and Hamilton goes down.
68 min...TFC Telfer rush in on left and shoots 15 yarder well over net.
69 min...NY Bonomo taps ball forward and NY Flemmings has 15 yard shot stopped.
70 min...NY Valot is injured at NY 35 yard line.
73 min...TFC Endoh on run takes 28 yard shot down middle that has goalie at 7 yards palm over net.
73 min...TFC Endoh cornerkick from right has defender clear on left.
74 min...TFC Telfer cross from left edge of box and TFC Spencer in crowd of players at 3 yards can't jam it in and puts
it out for goalkick.
76 min...NY sub...Martinez replaces Flemmings.
77 min...NY Basuljevic is passed ball in clear on right and he rolls 20 yard shot on right that goalie smothers
on right side of net.
79 min...NY Metzger cross from 20 yards on right has NY Martinez not quite connect on flying header at 5 yards.
81 min...NY defender gives up cornerkick.
81 min...TFC Endoh cornerkick from right has NY Martinez pop header over net.
82 min...TFC Endoh cornerkick from right has TFC Hamilton at 8 yards in crowd of players head ball well wide left
of net.
83 min...TFC sub...Camargo replaces Endoh.
83 min...NY Bonomo crosses from 20 yards on right. NY Martinez heads ball off bar and NY Valot heads rebound that
goalie leaps to catch just under bar.
86 min...NY Basuljevic 40 yard freekick down middle is wide.
86 min...TFC Telfer centers cross from left and sliding TFC Camargo rolls weak 12 yarder that goalie smothers.
87 min...TFC Telfer low 18 yard shot through defender's legs has goalie stop.
88 min...NY Martinez and TFC McCrary are both injured in collision on left side of TFC box.
91 min...NY YELLOW card...Najem earns it for knock at NY 40 yard line.
92 min...TFC Camargo 45 yard freekick from left is partially cleared. TFC James blasts 40 yarder through players
up middle and wide left of net.
93 min...game ends 9:56pm.
93 min...TFC RED card...Jordan Hamilton earns a direct ejection for complaining to referee.

Final Score:...Toronto FC II...1...New York Red Bulls...2...

Attendance was listed as 3582 on the USL web site which seems 
very generous—certainly not hanging on to a great per cent 
of the sellout 29050 who had just finished watching the MLS 
Toronto FC beat San Jose Earthquake 4-0 an hour before. 
Hey people! Stay! Free game! I thought the USL game had less 
than that even with fans being moved to sit on the East side 
stands to be better supervised with less staff. About a third 
of that crowd left before the game was over. Let's say the 
fans who came dressed in t-shirts and short didn't stay around 
for this game with it now dark and the temperature falling. 
Still the numbers are an improvement on the Ontario Soccer 
Centre crowds which are usually well under 1000.

This the first TFC II game played at BMO Field since the team 
announced that next season TFC will include free USL season 
tickets for their MLS season ticket holders. They will also 
move their games to BMO Field and Lamport Stadium in downtown 
Toronto. This is so to help build the attendance as the USL 
in 2019 will split into two divisions and teams that don't 
meet certain standards (attendance and stadium facilities 
are some of the details) will be placed in the lower division. 
The lower division will not have the more competitive teams 
and that would not be as much benefit to MLS teams that want 
to keep their players sharp for transfer back up to their 
main team.

The team sponsors are the same as up at the OSC so prizes 
were provided by such companies as Anthony's Espresso 
Coffee Supplies. The scoreboard stadium here is a big 
improvement over the one at OSC.

Man of the Match was Jay Chapman who was an easy choice 
as he scored their only goal. He won the coffee tonight! 
Just one week ago he came in as a substitute for the 
Canadian National team against Jamaica at this same stadium. 
Tonight he couldn't make the main MLS team bench. That's 
become not that unusual as the team once again had 
no Canadian starters. Jonathan Osorio did sub in at 
halftime for the MLS team and scored a goal. 
Tosaint Ricketts got in at 64 minutes.

NYRB looked the better team tonight but it was two 
Penalty kick goals within five minutes that won it 
for them. Stefano Bonomo placed both in the bottom 
right corner just out of the reach of the diving 
goalie Angelo Cavalluzo.

Julian Dunn-Johnson (17 year old Canadian) and 
Brandon Aubrey both played defence at the same time 
for TFC. It's usually been an either/or situation. 
It looked like it was sometimes-captain Mitchell Taintor 
who was the odd man out tonight. Next game I could see 
Lars Eckenrode being benched. He gave up the two 
Penalty kicks. He picked up a Yellow card on the 
second incident and was subbed off at halftime for 
Brandon Onkony. (midfielder Brian James was captain 
tonight). Jordan McCrary was the other defender although 
he has the freedom to run up the wing so was often 
well upfield.

I wondered why Shaan Hundal didn't get into the game 
tonight? He warmed up but didn't replace Ben Spencer 
who stayed the whole 90 minutes. Hundal has been known 
for past late game heroics and is a good pairing with 
Jordan Hamilton. TFC didn't even make a third substitution!

Referee Pierre-Luc Lauziere gave out two Yellow cards 
to each team. I only found out from the USL website 
that he gave TFC's Jordan Hamilton a Red card after 
the game must have ended for 'foul and abusive language'. 
Hamilton may still have been steamed because he couldn't 
win a Penalty kick at 68 minutes. Well there goes 
my idea about a Hamilton-Hundal pairing at least for 
the next game!

NYRB never looked completely comfortable as they 
couldn't score a second half insurance goal. Their 
best chance was at 83 minutes when they had 
Stefano Bonomo cross from 20 yards on the right 
and Douglas Martinez leapt at 10 yards in the middle 
and headed the ball over the flying goalie and off the 
underside of the bar on the right side. The ball bounced 
and Florian Valot headed from 7 yards on the right 
that the goalie caught just under the bar. Now TFC 
had some last gasp efforts with Ryan Telfer centering 
a cross from the right at 86 minutes and the sliding 
Sergio Camargo rolled a weak 12 yarder that the goalie 
smothered. A minute later Telfer had a low 18 yard 
shot from the left through the defenders and the goalie 
stopped that. Injury time had Camargo take a 45 yard 
freekick from the left that was partially cleared 
and Brian James blasted a 40 yard rebound through 
players up the middle but the ball flew wide left.

NYRB II won the USL Championship last season and 
were one of the only MLS based teams to make the 
playoffs. This year they're only sixth in the East 
and will have to play all of their playoff games 
(one-game-knockout format) on the road. Podcasts I've 
heard mention the big club has sold and traded away 
some of their USL players. The USL site said they 
haven't lost since the beginning of August but they 
hadn't won on the road since June 3 and this was 
only their second road win of the season.

At least with these late games the crowd had thinned 
and I got a seat on the streetcar.

TFC II were officially knocked out of the playoffs 
the middle of this week without playing as a team 
ahead of them won in a midweek game. They had 
something like a six zeroes point one percent chance 
of making the post season after losing to Rochester 
last week. At least most of their losses have been 
by only one goal. Their defence has improved from 
last year but they don't score enough.

TFC II's record now stands at 5 wins, 16 losses, 
7 ties for 22 points and are fifteenth (last) 
in the Eastern Conference.

NYRB II improves to 11 wins, 11 losses, 5 ties 
for 38 points and are sixth in the East.

Rocket Robin
twitter @RocketRobin01

Toronto FC II starters

New York Red Bulls II starters

TFC II Ben Spencer (19) takes opening kickoff.

TFC Tsubasa Endoh (9) shields ball.

NYRB II Hassan Ndam (47) works ball out of own end.

TFC II Julian Dunn-Johnson (52) takes throw-in.

NYRB II Stefano Bonomo (29) scores on Penalty kick.

NYRB II Vincent Bezecourt (88) takes second half kickoff.

TFC II Tsubasa Endoh (9) waits to take freekick.

NYRB II David Najem (37) takes throw-in.

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