August 30, 2006 USL Toronto Lynx news (from Lynx media release)
TORONTO LYNX MEDIA RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARINERS SAIL INTO TORONTO FOR SUNDAY MATCHUP
Lynx host Virginia Beach in penultimate home game of 2006
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 30, 2006[TORONTO, ON] The Toronto Lynx put their eight-game home undefeated streak on the line Sunday afternoon against the Virginia Beach Mariners in the team?s second to last home game in 2006. The Union and Employee Night match at Centennial Park Stadium, which sees the Lynx host employee outings as part of the Labour Day weekend, kicks off at 6:00 PM. The game is sponsored by Lynx corporate partner the Canadian Autoworkers Union.
The match is the fourth of four meetings between the two clubs this season, with the Mariners holding a 2-0-1 edge in the series. The Mariners twice defeated at home; 2-0 on April 22 in the season opener for both clubs, and 3-1 on July 2. The two teams tied 0-0 on June 4 at Centennial Park Stadium, which earned the Lynx their first point of the year. Virginia Beach has a 4-7-3 edge over the Lynx all-time, including a 2-3-2 record in Toronto.
Toronto will be missing leading scorer Jamie Dodds who is sitting out the second game of a two-match ban as a result of yellow cards accumulated throughout the season. Gordon Chin and Shawn Faria return to the match after sitting out Sunday?s match with suspensions of their own. Captain Joe Mattacchione returned to the pitch on Sunday after missing 10 matches with a knee injury.
Virginia Beach currently occupy seventh place in the USL First Division table, in a tie with Atlanta at 32 points, 2 points shy of Seattle and the final playoff berth. A win by the Mariners would end the Lynx? slim playoff chances. Toronto needs to win their three remaining matches, while getting help from other clubs. A Lynx win would lift the club out of the USL-1 basement and ahead of Minnesota and Portland, however, contingent on their performance over the weekend.
Tickets are still available for the match and can be purchased by contacting the Lynx ticket office at 416-251-4625 x 31 or at the Centennial Park Stadium Box Office two hours prior to kick-off.
LYNX LOOK TO CLAIM CSL OPEN CANADA CUP THIS WEEKEND
The Canadian Soccer League Open Canada Cup wraps up this weekend in London as the Lynx head into the Finals weekend as the favourite to bring home the crown. Friday night sees the Lynx tackle London AEK in the first semi-final, to be played at Cove Road Stadium, with an 8:38 PM kick-off. A win by Toronto will send them to the final, to be played on Monday, September 4 at 4:00 PM at Cove Road Stadium. Host London City tackles Ottawa St. Anthony Italia on Saturday evening at 7:30 PM in the wildcard match, with the winner facing the Brampton Stallions on Sunday evening at 7:30 PM in semi-final number two. Both matches will be played at Cove Road Stadium as well. The winner of that match up will then join Friday?s winner in the 2006 CSL Open Canada Cup championship final.
TWO MORE NAMED TO USL-1 TEAM OF THE WEEK
The steady parade of Lynx players to the USL First Division Team of the Week continued this week with two more Toronto players earning the honour. Defender Marko Bedenikovic made his second appearance this season on the strength of his game-winning goal on Sunday afternoon in a 1-0 triumph over the visiting Puerto Rico Islanders at Centennial Park Stadium. Robbie Aristodemo earned his first spot on the team as a result of his spectacular play on August 23 in a 1-1 draw at home versus Montreal. The veteran field general dominated the midfield for the 10-man Lynx in the tie against the first-place Impact. The club was short-handed as a result of a controversial red-card issued to midfielder Shawn Faria midway through the first half.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
ROB IRWIN, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, TORONTO LYNX SOCCER CLUB
416-251-4625 ext. 23
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