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July 1st Toronto Lynx vs Cleveland (in Hamilton)

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Missed my first home game this year...not that Hamilton's out of my range, it's just the TFC vs Vancouver was on at the same time.


July 1, 2008 PDL Toronto Lynx vs Cleveland Internationals (from Lynx media release)




Internationals Spoil Canada Day for Lynx

Toronto falls 2-0 to Cleveland in Hamilton

Date: July 1, 2008

Venue: Brian Timmis Stadium, Hamilton, ON

Kick Off Time: 4:00 PM EDT

Final Score: Toronto 0 (0) Cleveland 2 (2)

Match Summary:

The Toronto Lynx dropped a disappointing 2-0 decision to the Cleveland Internationals this afternoon at sunny Brian Timmis Stadium in Hamilton. The Lynx, depleted to 9 men to finish the match after two red-card dismissals, could not take advantage of a tired Cleveland club playing their third match in five days, and were unable to find the scoresheet in front on an enthusiastic crowd. The loss vaults the Internationals past Toronto into second place in the Great Lakes division, two points clear of the Lynx with one game in hand. The Lynx drop to 6-4-2 (20 points) on the season, while Cleveland ups their record to 7-3-1 (22 points).

Two quick goals late in the first-half started the downfall for the Lynx on the afternoon, and two red cards in a 10-minute span in the second half sealed their fate. Cleveland opened the scoring in the 37th minute when midfielder Danny Bartulovic found Steve Zakuani with a through ball and sent him between two Lynx defenders. The dangerous forward slotted the ball past Nils Binstock in the Lynx goal for his ninth on the season to put Cleveland ahead 1-0. Zakuani then set up Justin Morrow five minutes later for his eighth on the season, and the Internationals had a shocking 2-0 lead on their hosts.

Toronto began the second half strong, looking to bounce back with a strong finish against a clearly tired Cleveland team with a short bench. The plan was quickly dashed with the ejections of Binstock and midfielder Steve Soutar. Binstock was shown the red card in the 53rd minute for an incident in the Toronto crease while Soutar was sent off ten minutes later in a questionable decision after a hard tackle on a Cleveland player. Toronto bravely attempted to recover from the losses, but was unable to overcome the disadvantage and could not equalize. Goalkeeper Brandon Heembrock, in his debut, made a number of outstanding saves and challenges in his brief stint in relief of the dismissed Binstock. Both Binstock and Soutar will be forced to sit out the return match in the home-and-home series with the Internationals on Saturday evening in Cleveland.

The Lynx and the Internationals will resume hostilities on Saturday evening in Cleveland to close out the home and home series. The match will close out the Lynx’ road schedule for 2008. The team then heads to Bolton next Saturday, July 12, to host the Indiana Invaders at 5:00 PM at Edelweiss Park to celebrate the Bolton Wanderers Soccer Club’s 30th anniversary. The match will be the back end of a doubleheader with the Lady Lynx, who host Western Mass at 1:00 PM. Tickets are available through the Lynx ticket hotline at 416-251-4625 x 31, through the Bolton Wanderers Soccer Club office or at the park on game day.

Final Score: Toronto 0 (0) Cleveland 2 (2)


Toronto: Binstock, DiLorenzo, Smith (Bahudar, 45 (Heembrock, 53)), Grist, McNamara, DeAbreu (Alksnis, 66),

Rios, Petrasso, Scott (Soutar, 45), Revivo (Omokhua, 45), Tshimpaka (Medwin, 72)

Cleveland: DeMarchi, Marsh, Alexander, Pitorak, Brickman, McCoy, Batulovic, Nanchoff, Morrow, Zaukuani, Williams


Referee: John Oliva

Referee’s Assistants: Steve Senderovich and Christian Palavacino

Fourth Official: Ken Van Dyk


Toronto: 1 (DeAbreu, 57)

Cleveland: 2 (Morrow, 51; Pitorak, 90)


Toronto: 2 (Binstock 53; Soutar, 63)

Cleveland: 0

Shots: Toronto 5 Cleveland 8

Saves: Toronto 6, Cleveland 2

Fouls: Toronto 10, Cleveland 6

Offsides: Toronto 0, Cleveland 0

Corners: Toronto 2, Cleveland 9




37’ Zakuani (Bartulovic)

42’ Morrow (Zakuani)

Toronto’s next game is away to Cleveland on July 5 at 7:00 PM.



416-251-4625 ext. 23

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Director of Operations Rob Irwin when I asked him Wednesday at the Lady Lynx game said 600 were there but then he gives a rosy view.

When I asked Mark the announcer who did PA for that game as well as Wednesday's game in front of 800 people (youth day and the Lady Lynx have their own cult of followers) about the crowd; "a third of today's crowd?" I asked. "Less than that", he said.

So let's not be too anxious to move the Lynx out of town. Hamilton already has a W-League team.

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