Result of the Sunday August 27, 2006 USL game between Toronto Lynx and Puerto Rico Islanders played at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke at 6:00pm.

Toronto Lynx (black socks, shorts and shirts, yellow names, numbers and trim)

...............................22 Theo Zagar
17 Chris Williams...6 Andres Arango...3 Rick Titus...12 Marko Bedenikovic
20 Robbie Aristodemo...8 Kevin Jeffrey...4 Joe Mattacchione...9 David DiPlacido
...................15 Matthew Palleschi...2 Damien Pottinger

Subs:...1 Richard Goddard (gk)...5 Tony Menezes (def)...10 Ryan Anstey (fwd)...14 Cameron Medwin (mid)...21 Osni Neto (mid)...26 Aaron Steele (def)...27 Edgar Bartolomeu (mid)
team officials:...head coach Duncan Wilde...assistant coaches Billy Steele, Joe Mattachione, Theo doctor Dr Frank Markus...medical co-ordinator Dr Robert manager Jim Healy

Puerto Rico Islanders (white socks, orange shorts, orange & white striped shirts, black names and numbers)

...........................1 Dan Kennedy
...........4 Marco Velez...5 Jeremie Piette...6 Alexis Rivera-Curet
8 Rafael (Mime) Ortiz-Huertas...16 Noah Delgado...9 Gustavo (El Melli) Barros-Schelotto...23 Edwin Miranda...21 Milton Blanco
...............22 Alen Marcina...17 Dario (La Furia) Husain

Subs:...0 Terry Boss (gk)...2 Luis Fernando Zuleta-Mechura (def)...3 Thomas Queeley (def)...7 Isaac (Saito) Nieves-Rivera (mid)...18 Jonathan (Jash) Lopuski...19 Arturo Noranbuena (fwd)...12 Eli Delgado (mid)
team officials:...head coach Jorge Alvial

Game officials:...referee Johathan Lavergne...referee's assistants Joe Fletcher and Isaac Raymond...fourth official Andrew Kravets...(neon green shirts, black shorts and socks)

1st starts 6:04pm...Lynx defend south end on this humid and overcast. The chopped up field is muddy.
20 sec...Lynx Pottinger leaping header on cross from right from Lynx Jeffrey is over net from 10 yards. PRI Barros-Schelotto is injured well off play.
2 min...PRI Piette clears through pass meant for Lynx Palleschi at 8 yards in PRI box.
3 min...Lynx Jeffrey spins and 20 yard kick bounces to goalie.
4 min...Lynx Palleschi rush up left and center back to Lynx Jeffrey whose 25 yard shot is wide right.
5 min...PRI Husain 25 yard roller through defenders is wide right.
6 min...PRI player's 20 yard shot lands on top of net.
8 min...PRI Barros-Schelotto 22 yard freekick from left is lobbed high and wide right.
9 min...Lynx Aristodemo gets pass on right edge of box and shoots over net from 18 yards.
12 min...Lynx Pottinger 20 yard blast up middle has flying goalie push ball wide right of net.
13 min...Lynx Aristodemo cornerkick from right has Lynx Titus leap and head 5 yarder over net.
14 min...PRI Marcina 20 yard shot is blocked by goalie picks up rebound.
15 min...Lynx Williams cross from right is over player in PRI box.
15 min...Lynx Marco Bedenikovic GOAL...Bedenikovic from 22 yards on left takes shot over leaping goalie Dan Kennedy and has ball dip down into top right corner of net.
16 min...Lynx DiPlacido 18 yard shot from left has him just miss top right corner of net.
17 min...Lynx Aristodemo 25 yard freekick from left is well wide right of net.
20 min...PRI Husain dekes defender on end line on left and cross into box. PRI player's 20 yard shot is over net from left.
20 min...PRI Barros-Schelotto cornerkick from left ahs Lynx Pottinger head ball away.
22 min...Lynx Palleschi chips 16 yard shot up middle when he gets ball alone and shot is just over net.
23 min...Lynx Jeffrey 30 yard blast up middle is blocked by goalie.
25 min...PRI Barros-Schelotto 40 yard freekick from left has defender head ball away.
27 min...PRI Husain tips through ball pass to Lynx goalie from 18 yards.
28 min...Lynx Bedenikovic 22 yard freekick from left is into wall. Lynx Palleschi 28 yard shot is over net on partial clearance after Lynx Aristodemo cross from left line is headed away by defender.
31 min...PRI sub...Queeley replaces Ortiz-Huertas.
..............PRI sub...Noranbuena replaces Marcina.
32 min...Lynx Bedenikovic charges back to kick through ball behind line ahead of PRI Husain charging into box.
32 min...PRI Barros-Schelotto cornerkick from right has defender head ball away.
33 min...Lynx Bedenikovic cross from left is low and stopped in box by defender.
37 min...Lynx Bedenikovic bends 25 yarder from left that leaping Lynx Palleschi heads over net from 7 yards.
39 min...Lynx Williams long run down right, rolls pass to Lynx Pottinger touched back and Williams 20 yard shot from right is over net.
41 min...PRI Barros-Schelotto 25 yard freekick from left is over leaping players in box and wide right.
45 min...PRI Barros-Schelotto 22 yard shot midair is wide right from shot from left.
48 min...PRI Husain gets pass from left sideline and 17 yard shot is wide right and not even over end line.
48 min...half ends 6:52pm.

2nd Half:...starts 7:08pm.
halftime subs:...PRI Lopuski replaces Blanco.
...............Lynx Medwin replaces Mattacchione.
45 min...PRI Queeley long cross from 40 yards on right is over players in box and wide left for throw-in.
47 min...Lynx Medwin pops up 20 yard cross from right that's caught by goalie.
48 min...Lynx Bedenikovic 35 yard shot on rush down left is hight and wide right.
49 min...PRI Delgado eludes defender to cross from left sideline and has defender head ball away.
53 min...PRI Barros-Schelotto 35 yard freekick from left has leaping goalie punch ball away in crowd of players in box..
54 min...Lynx Titus slides to right to deflect away cross into box from right on continuous PRI pressure.
55 min...Lynx Medwin rush on right crosses and defender heads away.
56 min...PRI Blanco chips 40 yarder wide left with goalie caught out after making clearance.
56 min...Lynx sub...Menezes replaces Pottinger.
57 min...PRI Barros-Shelotto 40 yard freekick from right is wide left but PRI player heads along left line and PRI Husain pops up header from 1 yard wide right.
58 min...Lynx player's 35 yard freekick from left is wide right.
59 min...Lynx cross from left at 35 yards has Lynx Williams block ball on right then not get away great shot.
61 min...Lynx Menezes rush on left and defender blocks low cross to Lynx Palleschi.
62 min...Lynx Titus back to block another low cross from right and PRI Barros-Schelotto shanks shot from 8 yards across box.
65 min...Lynx sub...Neto replaces Palleschi.
............PRI sub...Nieves-Rivera replaces Husain.
66 min...Lynx Menezes 45 yard freekick up left has Lynx Neto take 15 yard shot that deflects wide left for cornerkick into left webbing of net.
67 min...Lynx Aristodemo cornerkick from left has ball knocked out of box.
68 min...PRI goalie outleaps Lynx Neto for through ball up middle on long cross from right.
69 min...Lynx Titus heads away PRI Barros-Schelotto 45 yard freekick from right.
70 min...PRI Barros-Schelotto 30 yard freekick from left has ball too far for charging PRI players on right.
71 min...PRI sub...Eli Delgado replaces Rivera-Curet.
72 min...PRI YELLOW card...Eli Delgado for kicking ball away after whistle when referee's assistant makes call for PRI defender interference to another player near center line.
73 min...PRI Noah Delgado 25 yard freekick from left has ball headed around in Lynx box before Lynx player can head away.
76 min...Lynx Jeffrey rush up right wing beating defender and cross from right is through box with two Lynx player missing it. Lynx Neto bicycle kick from 20 yards on partial clearance whistled down for dangerous play.
79 min...Lynx sub...Bartolomeu replaces Aristodemo.
80 min...Lynx Medwin 55 yard freekici has Lynx Menezes roll cross and Lynx Neto charges and has 15 yard shot wide left.
81 min...Lynx Medwin 45 yard freekick from right has ball curl to goalie.
82 min...Lynx Titus poke checks PRI Queeley preventing his cross in Lynx box.
83 min...Lynx goalie catches PRI Miranda long throw-in from right corner flag.
85 min...PRI Miranda 45 yard freekick up middle is blocked.
85 min...Lynx YELLOW card...Arango for tackle on PRI Nieves-Rivera on left sideline in Lynx end.
86 min...Lynx Neto rush into PRI box and he trips up cutting on defender and goalie and loses possession.
87 min...Lynx Bedenikovic 30 yard freekick from left is low and blocked by goalie.
88 min...Lynx Jeffrey cuts cross from right end line and defender scissor kicks shot to clear.
89 min...PRI Noah Delgado 50 yard freekick from left and Lynx goalie punches out of box in crowd of players.
91 min...PRI Noah Delgado 50 yard freekick from right is over players charging into box.
91 min...Lynx sub...Steele replaces Jeffrey.
93 min...Lynx YELLOW card... Menezes for high kick near center line when PRI player bent for header.
93 min...Lynx goalie punches away long freekick into box.
93 ends 7:56pm.

Final Score:........Toronto Lynx......1.......Puerto Rico Islanders......0.......

Attendance was given at 1265 and I’d estimate about 700 people were there. A rain earlier in the day and the continuing threat probably cut into the walk up crowd on this humid and overcast evening. The field was in pretty bad shape for about the first time this year as the stadium had hosted a CSL game on the wet field on Friday night and then six Ontario Cup games on Saturday.

Theo Zagar earned the shutout for the Lynx with not many shots because of so many good blocks from the Lynx defenders, but a few crucial saves. The Lynx out shot the Islanders 12-3 in the first half but play evened out with both teams getting four shots in the second half. With the early goal, I was expecting a replay of the 4-4 tie from one of last year’s encounters.

Damien Pottinger connected on a leaping header on a cross from Kevin Jeffrey on the right that was over the net from 10 yards at only 20 seconds to get things started. An PRI player had a 20 yard shot land on the top of the Lynx net at 6 minutes. At 12 minutes, Pottinger sent a 20 yard blast up the middle that had the PRI goalie Dan Kennedy fly to push the ball wide right of the post. Robbie Aristodemo’s resulting cornerkick had Rick Titus leap and head a 5 yarder over the net. Aristodemo had another cornerkick from the left at 15 minutes that PRI Noah Delgado headed away from the near post. One minute after the goal David DiPlacido almost doubled the score when his 18 yard shot from left just miss the top right corner. Matt Palleschi chipped a 16 yard shot up the middle when he got the ball in all alone but it was just over the net at 22 minutes. At 37 minutes, Marco Bedenikovic bent in a 25 yard cross from the left that had Palleschi jump and head the ball over the net from 7 yards.

Titus broke up two plays in the Lynx box at 54 minutes and then again at 62 minutes although PRI Gustavo Barros-Schelotto shanked a shot from only 8 yards right after that second play. Kevin Jeffrey almost increased the Lynx lead when he beat a defender and crossed from the right and shot through the box is missed by two Lynx forwards for a tap in.

I’d expected the Islanders to tail off in the second half because they’d played a hard fought 1-1 tie in Rochester the night before but they did well although they couldn’t apply much pressure in the last 15 minutes. PRI had used up their five subs by the 71 minute mark. A messenger on the Voyageur’s board said they played down a man for the last 15 minutes but none of us in the press box noticed they were short or any injuries. I didn't mention Barros-Schelotto in the last 15 minutes so it was probably true.

The Islanders wore an orange and white striped uniform with black numbers that made them hard to identify. The folks in the press box were joking that they were the Pizza Pizza colours who are a major sponsor of the Lynx. Other years they’ve worn all blue.

Lynx are undefeated at home in their last eight games although they continue to stay in last place in the league.

Rocket Robin

Islanders starting eleven

Lynx starting eleven

Halftime entertainment for Fiesta Latino theme night--dancers from Chile

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