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USL D1 - July 9 - Toronto vs Charleston [R]


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Toronto Lynx (1-2-9, 5 pts, 12th place) vs. Charleston Battery (6-4-5, 22 pts, 4th place)

Sunday, July 9, 2006 - 6:00 PM EDT

Centennial Park Stadium (natural grass), Toronto


Rogers Television Toronto

Radio, audio Webcast:

CNN 1450 AM Charleston

Last matches:

[*]Toronto: July 5 - Toronto 2 Vancouver 1

[*]Charleston: July 8 - Rochester 1 Charleston 2


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Toronto 1 Charleston 0

75' TOR Jamie Dodds

I didn't see the first half (the highlights showed some good saves by Zagar, but the commentators said it was generally boring). Toronto completely controlled the second half. They were not able to create many scoring chances, but they had possession within the Charleston end for most the half, even after taking the lead (perhaps Bob Lilley should watch the tape), keeping the ball on the ground and making many nifty short passes (aided by a great-looking Centennial field). Zagar and the defence were very efficient when Charleston did come forward (albeit not very dangerously). Makes one wonder how the heck this team is 2-2-9. Charleston were probably tired from their win at Rochester last night, but nevertheless the Lynx did extremely well and were fully deserving of the win — their second in a row, and they are a respectable 2-2-3 since the beginning of June.

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Lynx looked the better of the two teams - Charleston ran out of steam having played the night before. Zagar came up big on a few occasions when he had to(and to be honest, he's looking pretty damn heavy these days - five years ago he might have had a shot as a back-up for a T.O. MLS team, but not anymore). Indeed, there is not a single guy on this team of MLS quality. Doddsy is way too slow and lacks any physical presence, Arristedemo hasn't developed etc.

Announced 1800+ but there were no more than 400 there following the WC final.

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For Immediate Release

Toronto Lynx Game Report

Lynx Win Second in a Row

Date: July 9, 2006

Venue: Centennial Park Stadium, Toronto, Ontario

Attendance: 1835

Kick Off Time: 6:00 PM EST

Final Score: Toronto 1 Charleston 0

Match Summary:

Jamie Dodds’ third goal of the season in the 74th minute was enough to give the Toronto Lynx their second victory in a row as they defeated the Charleston Battery 1-0 at Centennial Park Stadium this evening.

Toronto’s first win this season came this past Wednesday when they defeated the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1. Charleston came into tonight’s match after defeating the Rochester Raging Rhinos 2-1 last night.

Charleston came close to taking the lead in the 32nd minute when Luke Vercollone volleyed a cross towards goal, forcing Lynx goalkeeper Theo Zagar into a sprawling save.

Charleston again came close off of a corner ten minutes later. Lazo Alavanja headed the corner towards goal, but Zagar did well to save and stop Vercollone’s attempt off of the rebound..

It was 0-0 after the first 45 minutes in which Toronto out-shot Charleston 6-4.

Toronto came close to breaking the deadlock 4 minute after the restart. Damien Pottinger headed a cross toward goal that beat Charleston ‘keeper Keith Wiggins but came off the post, rolling along the goal line before being cleared.

Jamie Dodds broke the deadlock in the 74th minute. After Mat Paleschi hit the crossbar and Osni Neto attempted to scissor-kick the rebound, Dodds picked up the loose ball in Charleston’s area and slotted it past Wiggins.

Charleston came close to an equaliser four minutes later after a flurry of shots within Toronto’s area that were blocked by defender Rick Titus and ‘keeper Theo Zagar.

Toronto held on in the latter stages of the match and it was the Lynx who earned their second win this season at the final whistle. Toronto out-shot Charleston 16-9 through 90 minutes of play.

Toronto goalkeeper Theo Zagar made 6 stops en route to his shutout this evening. Jamie Dodds’ goal was his third of the season, leaving him tied for first with Damien Pottinger for most goals scored for the Lynx this season.

Tonight’s result was Toronto’s second win in a row and improves their record to 2-9-2, leaving them in 12th place of the USL First Division.

Toronto hopes to continue their winning streak when they hit the road to take on the Montreal Impact at Claude Robbilard Stadium on Tuesday July 11th at 7:30 PM.

Final Score: Toronto 1 Charleston 0


Toronto: Zagar, Medwin (Sheppard 61, Titus, Arango, Bedenikovic, Mattachione (Chin 72), Dodds, Aristedemo, Diplacido (Paleschi 25), Jeffrey, Pottinger (Neto 68)

Charleston: Wiggins, Curran, Karalexis, Catalano, Hollingsworth, Alavanja, Romero, Lesesne (Clinton 75), Hughes, Fuller (Smith 57), Vercollone (Dalley 66)

Cautions: Dodds 85

Ejections: None

Shots: Toronto 16, Charleston 9

Saves: Toronto 6, Charleston 1

Fouls: Toronto 8, Charleston 9

Scorers: Dodds (unassisted) 73

The Toronto Lynx' next game is away to the Montreal Impact on Tuesday July 11 at 7:30 PM.



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Result of the Sunday July 9, 2006 USL game between Toronto Lynx and Charleston Battery played at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke at 6:00pm.

73 min...Lynx Jamie Dodds GOAL...Lynx Matthew Palleschi in center 10 yards out blast shot off bar. Lynx Osni Neto scissor kick blocked from 15 yards on left. Dodds recovers and his low 10 yard shot on left is into net between sitting goalie Keith Wiggans and the left post.

Final Score:..............Toronto Lynx............1..........Charleston Battery............0.........

Attendance was announced as 1835 but I would be surprised if there were more than 650 here. There might have been half that at the beginning of the game. I left home with the World Cup final just finishing up at 90 minutes so I missed the extra time and penalty kicks. By the time I got to the game, some fans had found out in the parking lot that Italy had won.

The Lynx had no shots on net in the first half while their goalie Theo Zagar had to make four saves...three really tough ones. At 34 minutes, CB Luke Vercollone had a mid-air 10 yard shot on right after receiving a cross from Ian Fuller on the left; Zagar flew to the left to push the ball wide. At 41 minutes CB Ben Hollingsworth gets shot after cornerkick from left and his point blank shot is saved by Zagar and his 7 yard low rebound shot has goalie block while still down and he crawled to pick up ball on left post.

The Lynx turned it around in the second half to lead with a final shot total of 16 to 8. Their goal was just one minute after Palleschi had centered to Neto and he rushed up the middle from 45 yards and pushed ball forward to Dodds whose 20 yard shot was just wide right. Palleschi was an early sub when he came on at 25 minutes when David DiPlacido was injured. Neto came in at 67 minutes to replace Damien Pottinger who’d had a few chances up until then.

Battery had a few chances near the end especially at 80 minutes gets to a bouncer and one-touch blasts 15 yarder from right well over the net. One minute later Zagar caught a long freekick from Lazo Alavanja in a crowd of players in the box. Alavanja blasted a 30 yard freekick up the middle well over net at 84 minutes. One last injury time chance had Alavanja send in a 45 yard freekick from the right and Lawrence Smith pop up a header over the net from 20 yards. Between those times, the Lynx had more chances to score and kept the ball in the Battery half of the field for much of the second half. Kevin Jeffrey put on a time wasting exhibition at the end by holding off two Battery defenders near the corner flag for near 20 seconds and winning a throw-in in injury time.

Charleston Battery had played the night before in Rochester and beat the Raging Rhinos 2-1. They only had five subs dressed to choose from. The Lynx only other win this year was on Wednesday against Vancouver Whitecaps with them also having to play Rochester two days earlier. Maybe those games helped make the opposition tired during the second half but the Lynx have had some tough road trips this year. The Lynx beat the fourth place team tonight although they themselves remain in twelfth/last place. The standings are bunched up near the top but on any given night they’ve proved it twice that they can beat the league’s top-table clubs.

The Lynx next game is Tuesday with a road game against the Montreal Impact. Their next home game is actually against the CSL team Serbian White Eagles Friday the 14th for the Canada Open Cup game run by the CSL. The White Eagles-Lynx game was ‘drawn’ to boost the CSL league profile as they are undefeated and have the biggest attendance of the Toronto area teams. The game wasn’t announced over the PA system but the White Eagles owner came up to the press box and got the game plugged a few times on the Rogers Community channel broadcast. Game time is 7:30pm.

Rocket Robin


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