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Were you able to pick up any of the webcast or is Charleston messing with them because they have such a bad record? I couldn't get it to work.

I read on another board that Titus is all over the place having a good game. Shame that he "wasn't good enough" for Toronto.

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quote:Originally posted by Krammerhead

Were you able to pick up any of the webcast or is Charleston messing with them because they have such a bad record? I couldn't get it to work.

I read on another board that Titus is all over the place having a good game. Shame that he "wasn't good enough" for Toronto.

...or not chemically compatible with Edmonton.:D

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quote:Originally posted by beachesl

...or not chemically compatible with Edmonton.:D

Toronto must be on some good chemicals. Imagine losing to a team in such a tailspin as Charleston. Even Puerto Rico schooled Charleston the last couple of games they played.[8D]

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Result of the Thursday July 8, 2004 A-League match between Toronto Lynx and Charleston Battery played at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke at 7:30pm.

21 min...Battery Gabe Valancia GOAL...CB Mark Watson 55 yard freekick has CB Paul Conway in crowd in Lynx box redirects ball around defender from 10 yards and Valencia taps in 5 yarder short on short left side of net away from goalie Bryheem Hancock.

31 min...Battery Gabe Valancia GOAL...CB Paul Conway sent in pass to left wing for Valencia who got in 30 yard shot from left that bounces through sprawling goalie into right corner of net.

Final Score:...Toronto Lynx..........0..............Charleston Battery.............2..........

Attendance was announced as 2461 on this warm overcast evening with the game played on a wet field because of the rain earlier in the day.

Biggest surprise that Rick Titus was back with his old team (and the two game trial of the Lynx a few weeks ago) on defense for the Charleston Battery. He and Canadian intenational Mark Watson were rock solid in their positions and the defense kept almost all the Lynx shots from beyond 20 yards. Any plays worked into the box were cleared by the two of them or Nigel Henry and Henrik Jensens. Goalie Dusty Hudock had just a few routine shots to stop to pick up the shutout.

The Lynx must have got an extension from the (former CPSL) Ottawa Wizards to use Charles Gbeke as he appeared in the second half. Newcomer Greg Massum became the team's fifth import with the departure of back up goalie Richard Goddard. Massum is a Jamaican national team player who has played as a midfielder for the Lynx in 2001. David Nutt from the Lynx media relations said that Goddard had left before the team brought in Massum but it had been the team's idea at the beginning of the year to eventually have only one import goalie on their roster and signed local product Brian Rowland as their backup. Richard Goddard was frustrated at not getting enough playing time.

The debate will rage by some of Goddard's supporters as the second goal looked like a softy with it's wet ball-low bounce eluding Hancock and killing much of the Lynx momentum. The Lynx effort looked better in the second half but the Lynx couldn't work the ball into the Battery box for forwards John Barry Nusum or Ali Gerba to get away a shot.

The Battery tonight looked like the 2003 A-League Champions (which they were), not the 2004 team which won only their third game this year. Andrew Bell, their director of media and PR who provided a radio broadcast of the game said the team has been inconsistant this year and has had trouble scoring goals [only 13 going into tonight's game in 15 games]. The Battery picked up three stupid Yellow cards in the second half for such things as time-wasting on a freekick and faking an injury to waste time. Also two throw-ins called back for being taken too far upfield or not properly thrown.

In attendance at tonight's game was former Lynx coach Peter Pinizzotto but not scouting for the Montreal Impact but in town to bring along tomorrow to the Impact, a new player Adrian Cann. Cann played for the CPSL York Region Shooters a few years ago and has just been dropped by the MLS Colorado Rapids.

Rocket Robin


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presented by Heineken

Lynx Fall to Defending A-League Champs

Battery Get a Charge from Valencia

Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2004

Venue: Centennial Park Stadium, Etobicoke, Ont

Attendance: 2,461

Kick off Time: 7:30 PM

Final Score: Charleston 2 Toronto 0

Match Summary:

The Toronto Lynx returned to the friendly confines of Centennial Park Stadium after a grueling road trip to face the defending A-League Champions from Charleston. The Lynx hosted Taste of Athens Night celebrating the Olympic year and the unique talents of the Ontario Special Olympics in front of 2,461 enthusiastic fans, looking to make a run at the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Battery came in sporting a dismal 2-9-4 record and were in need of a win if they were to have any chance at making the playoffs, something they have done every year in their 7-year A-League history. Toronto started of very sluggish and the Battery took advantage in the 21st minute when striker Gabe Valencia converted a free kick ball off the head of a teammate and into the back of the net for the first goal of the match. Trying to answer immediately, Ali Gerba rifled a shot in the 23rd minute from just outside the box that 'keeper Dusty Hudock handled nicely. The momentum swung back in Charleston's favour in the 32nd minute when Valencia uncorked a left-foot rocket from the left side of the box that beat 'keeper Bryheem Hancock to the far right corner for his 2nd of the match and a 2-nil lead. Lynx fans watched as the Battery nearly tacked on another before the end of the half when Henrick Jensens' shot from point blank range was corralled by Hancock. Toronto opened the 2nd half with more effort but in the 59th minute Joe Mattacchione's right-footer just missed the far right corner. The Battery clamped down and tightened the defense giving the Lynx strikers little room to operate. The Lynx were outshoot 13-7 and with the loss fall to 5-9-1 on the season. Charleston picks up a much-needed 3 points and are now just 3 points behind Toronto in the standings. The Lynx take to the pitch again on Wednesday, July 14th at 12pm to celebrate Youth Day versus the Richmond Kickers.

Final Score: Charleston 2 Toronto 0


1st Half

11th min: Chris Goos with a beautiful header inside the penalty area but it was stopped by Bryheem Hancock

14th min: Andres Arango had a golden opportunity to but the Lynx up but his shot from point-blank was blocked by a defender

21st min: Off a free ball, Gabe Valencia found a seem and punched in his first of the game past Hancock

23rd min: Ali Gerba trying to respond quickly had a chance but his shot was stopped easily by Keeper Dusty Hudock

32nd min: Gabe Valencia racing down the left side uncorked a left-foot rocket that beat Hancock in the far low right corner

46th min: Henrick Jensens trying to add to the Battery lead sent a right-footer that Hancock managed to get a glove on

2nd Half

59th min: Joe Mattacchione unleashed a shot from just outside the penalty box but it just missed the right corner


Charleston: Hudock, Henry, Watson, Titus, Jerson, Klein, Evans (Jackson 86th min), Valencia, Goos, Conway (Kutney 67th min), Martinez

Toronto: Hancock, Arango (Munthali 82nd min), Blois (Gbeke 64th min), Mattacchione, Faria, Nusum, Dodds, Hughes, Serioux, Baxter (Massum 86th min), Gerba

Cautions: Char: Watson, Evans

Ejections: None

Shots: Char: 13 Tor: 7

Saves: Char: 3 Tor: 6

Fouls: Char: 10 Tor: 19

Scorers: Char: Valencia (21st min), Valencia (32nd min)

The Lynx next home game is Wednesday, July 14h at 12:00 pm versus the Richmond Kickers.



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First goal was offside, 2nd goal should have been stopped easily by Hancock, which was a little awkward for us considering Richard Goddard was, along with the injured Edgar Bartolomeu, sitting next to us (literally) in the stands. Edgar was missed on the field, especially once we got down 2-0.

On the plus side, well, erm....we can up with a record number of witty chants for one game (as we had nothing else to do during it), some of which can be used for national team purposes.

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