By Rocket Robin Soccer In Toronto
Sunday June 9, 2013
Brampton City United 1 Burlington SC 0
Victoria Park, Brampton
44 min… BCU Milos Scepanovic GOAL
BCU Adrian Tismenar receives pass from center line and he passes from 40 yards forward to Scepanovic who shoots low from 15 yards that goes under diving goalie Vladimir Vujasinovic at 8 yards into center of net.
Attendance was about 250 on this mild evening. This game was broadcast live on Rogers Community channel for those who lived in Brampton and local area.
Camilo Benzi earned the shutout for BCU. (He was on the roster of York Region Shooters last year). He had a few key stops to make to ensure United won today mostly batting away cornerkicks
Referee Lubisa Yrljes gave out five Yellow cards that I counted, four to United in the close marking game.
Best non-scoring chances were at 21 minutes when BCU Marcos Nunes passes from 40 yards forward to BCU Ardit Xhameni who at 20 yards stops, spins, and blasts a shot that the goalie palmed over the net. From the resulting cornerkick the ball was knocked around in the box and BCU Damion Scott lifted his leg to flick a 10 yard shot that the goalie caught.
29 minutes had BCU David Velastegui take a cornerkick from the left that a BCU player headed down from the right across the box and BCU Scott blasted a 12 yarder over the net.
87 minutes had Burlington William Etchu Tabi blast a partially cleared throw-in that Burlington players couldn’t deflect in with their legs raised try to tip.
The Burlington team kit caught me by surprise. They wore all orange–neon orange and could probably play without stadium lights. They certainly didn’t play like highway pylons though.
Burlington SC is the only new team in the CSL this season. They’ve put their senior team together player personnel wise with experienced players from other past and present CSL teams. Let’s see–midfield player/coach William Etchu ‘Tabi’ from London City, defender Nikola Stanojevic and midfielder Mustafa Mohammad also from London City, midfielders Michael Tait and Marco Machado from Brantford Galaxy, forward Mohammed Mohammed came over from from Niagara United. Defender Danilo Richards played for Milltown FC. Defender Nam Topp-Nguyen was with the TFC Academy.
Most famous Burlington player is forward Nicholas Lindsay who played for TFC Academy last year as he was recovering from a long term injury and recovered enough to play for the MLS Toronto FC team before being cut after the end of their season. He played well last night with his speed but went down a bit too easily trying to draw foul calls and a Penalty kick.
Burlington midfielder Judah Hernandez played for Brampton City last year. A woman and her daughter were talking in the stands and one said “He used to play for us last year so now I call him ‘Judas’!”.
Brampton has picked up players besides Camilo Benzi. Midfielders Damion Scott and Thomas McLean both played for Mississauga last year and Adrian Tismenar played for Serbian White Eagles.
The Toronto Rogers Community channel had a lacrosse game scheduled instead. The Rogers Superchannel for sports has no rebroadcast of this game on their schedule. The only benefit to me was that the game was moved to 7:00 pm from 5:30 pm. I just had enough time to get here after a PDL league game ended an hour earlier. With my crowded schedule I wasn’t expecting to see the new Burlington
team until next month.
Looks like I won’t be able to hear if the play-by-play guys actually called out “And Abdullah Abdullah passes forward to Mohammed Mohammed and he takes a shot…”
Sunday June 9, 2013
Toronto Lynx 0 River City Rovers 2
Centennial Stadium, Etobicoke
35 min… RCR RED card
Peter May (their captain) is given a direct ejection by referee Niquita Amirkhanian while waiting on the edge of the Lynx box for RCR Hezekiah Weiss to make a long throw-in. It looked like he must have punched or elbowed Lynx Lloyd Grist but the ref saw it.
46 min (1st half injury time)… RCR Richard Ballard GOAL
RCR Hezekiah Weiss kicks low 25 yard cross from right sideline that has Ballard boot 12 yarder low and into left side of net with goalie Adam Jansen frozen in center of net.
51 min… RCR Dylan Terry GOAL
RCR Richard Ballard rushes to 15 yards down middle but holds possession when defenders block him. He taps ball over to left to RCR Humberto Bertran who rolls ball from 10 yards on left to Terry
who kicks 5 yarder from right into empty net.
Attendance was just over 200 on this warm afternoon with a bright sun in the west. The crowd was the biggest I’ve seen at a non-school day game for a few years. It was proclaimed the first Toronto Soccer Association Day and Bill Spiers president of the TSA took the ceremonial kickoff with the mascot The Lynxster (who was there his second game in a row).
There were lots of chances for both teams equally in the second half with the Rovers down a man. Best non-scoring plays were at 12 minutes when RCR Pierce Kiembi shot an 8 yarder wide left as an RCR player put a 20 yard ball into the box.
30 minutes had RCR Dylan Terry cross from 22 yards on the left and a charging RCR Pierce Kiembi headed the ball wide left from 10 yards.
44 minutes had RCR Terry send in a pass from the right from 45 yards that the charging Humberto Bertran headed a 12 yarder down the middle wide right of the post.
Lynx swapped three players a halftime. They had to switch goalies with Matt Silva replacing Adam Jansen when he was hurt at 59 minutes.
53 minutes had Lynx Maksym Kowal cut over the the left and blast an 18 yarder down the middle that the goalie dived to left to push the shot wide of the post. 56 minutes had Lynx Taylor McNamara
charge to the end line on the left to fire and 8 yarder that the goalie smothered.
74 minutes had and RCR player on the left send in a low cross from 15 yards past the goalie on the left post and RCR Terry at 4 yards shoot wide right of the open net.
78 minutes had Lynx Sam Oritt roll a pass forward from 22 yards and Lynx Leigh Veidman turned and fired an 8 yarder that the goalie on right at 1 yard sprawled and deflected the ball wide right of
the post. The resulting cornerkick had Lynx Callum Home hit the post on a header from 12 yards.
Chris Hubbard earned the shutout for the Rovers and had to be sharp towards at the end when the Lynx were pressing to score.
Referee Niquita Amirkhanian controlled this game well. Besides the Red card she gave out two Yellow cards that I counted, both to Rovers players in the second half for sloppy challenges when they were tiring out.
You would expect that with the Lynx having a 55 minute man advantage they would win this game but that didn’t happen although they had plenty of chances–but the Rovers did too. The Rovers had played Thursday and Friday night and lost to London and Kitchener-Waterloo on this grueling roadtrip.
This brings an end to the Lynx season opening home stand. They hold a record of 1 win, 3 losses. Now they have to see what they can do on the road.
I could see the Lynx players weren’t in a good mood and I was in a hurry to get to a CSL game that started within an hour in Brampton so I asked the Lynx stats lady some roster questions. Midfield sub Matt Osario is an older COUSIN (not brother) of MLS Toronto FC player Jonathan Osario. Midfield sub Eric Olazabal is a player who played for the TFC Academy in their first year in the CSL in 2008 with twin brother Eros. Both moved on to play for Milltown FC when they were in the CSL.