May 15, 2005 USL Toronto Lynx vs Montreal Impact (from Toronto Sun)


DIFFERENT VENUE, same old result.

After starting the United Soccer League First Division season with six winless games on the road, the Lynx returned home to Etobicoke Centennial Stadium only to see its struggles continue.

The Lynx (0-5-2) lost 1-0 to the defending-champion Montreal Impact in a snoozer before 3,553 yesterday, extending its worst start in the nine-year history of the franchise.

"It's frustrating," first-year Lynx coach Hubert Busby Jr. said. "Good teams do the little things right all the time."

The Lynx, of course, do not.

The Impact got all the offence it would need in the 50th minute. After Lynx goalie Theo Zagar made a jumping save on Mauro Biello, the ball floated in front of the net and was headed home by Kevin Wilson.

"It's too early to give up," Lynx co-owner Bruno Hartrell said, denying Busby's job was in jeopardy. "If we can't win with the bunch we've got, we'll make changes at the player level."

The Lynx, missing four starters to injury, rarely put together a string of good passes yesterday and showed little to no touch on its few scoring opportunities. Its best chance came on a free kick from just outside the penalty box in the 89th minute, but recent callup Urbain Some fired it way high.

"When I (kicked) the ball, I was very sure I was going to put it in," said Some, who was born in Burkina Faso, a poor country in West Africa. "Maybe it was (a lack of) concentration. For a free kick, I'm (usually) very good. Next time, I'm going to correct it. I came here to give more to the team and I didn't do that. I'm not happy. Next time, I'm going to give 200%."

The Lynx, last in the USL's top 12-team division, plays host to the Puerto Rico Islanders May 28.

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