TFC II are welcoming back a familiar face at the Ontario Soccer Centre.
TFC II are back at home again after losing a close one in Richmond over the weekend. This will be the young Reds’ third home match of the season and a match that they are looking to bounce back and get back to winning ways.
TFC II is coming a 1-0 loss, thanks to an early goal by Richmond Kickers striker Jason Yeisley. Head coach Jason Bent spoke out about how he thought his team did after their match against the Richmond Kickers, saying, “we gave the ball away cheapily in very bad areas, which prevented us to be able to get further up the park and have any sort of sustain attacks.”
“[I thought] in the second half we did much better in that regard, but we were missing that final decision making, final execution in the final third in order to create enough chances.”
“Potentially we might have got a point out of the game, which might have been a little bit favourable to us, but on the day it was just one of the games where we had too many players with off days.”
The young Reds did suffer from costly turnovers against the Kickers, but were able to limit space throughout the match and only allow that early goal past keeper Alex Bono. The team admits it wasn’t easy for them to come back, since that was the first time this season they allowed the first goal. But Bent mentioned that this is an experience for them and will help them further down the road.
“We always like to score first in games for sure, and this season we have been fortunate enough to lead from the front. We just haven’t been able to close out as many games as we would have liked.”
“On the goal, it was fairly unlucky on our part. It was our first time going down in a game, and I just think that with us, we’re a good team and I think gradually going out on the season we will be able to bounce back from deficits,” said midfielder Adam Bouchard.
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Putting that match behind them, TFC II take on Louisville City SC tonight, a club that sits atop the East with 14 points through seven matches. Louisville was one of those teams that dominated the young Reds last season, winning both matches and outscoring them 7-2.
“We know we are facing a difficult opponent that is doing quite well this season, they also played well last season, a well coached team,” said Bent.
“For us it will be important about our defensive mentality and how do we limit those spaces and how competitive are we right from the start.”
“You got to score to win games. I think if we just generate enough chances against Louisville I think we will be just fine,” said midfielder Luca Uccello, who made his 2016 USL debut Saturday against the Kickers.
Uccello missed the beginning of the season with an injury and made a brief appearance in the second half, coming on in the last 15 minutes. “I feel good. I am coming off a little injury as the season started, but all good 100 percent now,” said Uccello.
Scoring first and controlling the game could be a little bit easier for the young Reds tonight, as Toronto FC has sent down eight players to join TFC II in their match against Louisville. The likes of keeper Quillan Roberts, defenders Nick Hagglund and Eriq Zavaleta, midfielders Chris Mannella, Daniel Lovitz and Jay Chapman and forward Mo Babouli have all been loaned to TFC II and will all likely make an appearance tonight.
This match against Louisville isn’t just a chance for TFC II to redeem themselves against a strong club who dominated them last season, this match marks the return of former TFC II full back/winger Mark-Anthony Kaye. Kaye was released by the team during the offseason and joined Louisville at the beginning of this year. In five matches for his new team, Kaye has scored one goal and provided one assist. He also has the second most shots on the team, two behind leading scorer Jon Chandler Hoffman.
“Mark is a very competitive player and I am sure he is well up for the game. Obviously any time you play against your former team you’re going to want to try and put one over on them, you want to show their club that they made a mistake in letting you go, so we expect that,” said Bent.
“From our perspective, there is no friends in football. Once you step across those white lines, it’s all about business and it should be war on the day, in terms on the mentality. We’ll tell them they need to keep their emotions in check.”
It should be a good match tonight at the Ontario Soccer Centre and you can catch the match live at tfc2.ca.