After a tough loss at home, TFC II are back at it on the road against the Richmond Kickers.
TFC II are on the road again, but only for one match, as they take on the Richmond Kickers at City Stadium. The two teams know eachother well, as they split the season series last year 1-1.
Richmond is two points up on the young Reds in the East and a win today could see TFC II leap frog a few teams. If this match was taking place a couple weeks ago, then the young Reds would be coming off a good road record and a hard faught draw against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Unfortunaley that is not the case this week, as TFC II didn’t fair too well against USL newcomer, FC Cincinnati.
“We just had two lapses in concentration, but outside of that there is a lot of things to look forward to,” said TFC II head coach Jason Bent.
“We just need to make more plays in credible moments in the game.”
The young Reds may have lost, but Raheem Edwards has been a player that is getting all the attention, and he deserves it. In four matches so far, Edwards has found the back of the net four times. One more goal, and he can become TFC II’s all time leading scorer.
It may be easy for Edwards, but it hasn’t been so easy for his teammates. The only players to score goals besides him have been Skylar Thomas, Malik Johnson and Nick Hagglund. All three have scored once so far this season.
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“The others just have to put themselves under pressure mentally to know that they need to contribute from that side as well,” said Bent.
“If they can get on that wave link that they need to get in the box, they need to create half a yard to get a strike off, they need to get on the end of crosses, then they’ll start to get more attempts and hopefully more goals.”
Last week it was brought up that facing MLS affiliates is maybe less taunting compared to facing much older and more experienced players from teams that do not have an affiliation with an MLS team. Bent weighed in on what he thought about non-MLS affiliates and he said it doesn’t matter which team they play, they still have to prepare vigorously. “You still do your video preparation, you still do your hard training throughout the week, you do your tactical training closer to the game.”
Richmond is a tough task for the young Reds, but they are coming off back-to-back losses for the first time since 2012. The Kickers are usually a contender for the USL championship, but this could be a great chance for TFC II to take advantage. Right back Wesley Charpie mentioned how important it would be for his team to come back home with a victory. “We definitely want to bounce back with a victory, to get three points on the road will be huge.”
Finding positives from the last match will also help the young Reds when they head to Richmond. That is something that is being echoed inside the teams locker room. “They’re a good team, but you know we’re on the road. We have some positives that we are going to take from the game, so we are going to go over that and put that into play,” said midfielder Brian James.
You can catch the game live at 7 pm EDT at tfc2.ca.