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Rhinos earn draw with Toronto FC

The Rhinos earned a 0-0 draw with Toronto FC in a closed-door exhibition match today at the MLS team’s Oakville, Ontario. It gives coach Bob Lilley’s team some momentum headed into next Saturday’s season opener at Miami FC in the USSF Second Division.

The Rhinos, 4-1-1 in the preseason, had a great chance to take the lead late, but newcomer Alfonso Motagalvan couldn’t convert a penalty shot late in the match. Carlos Aguilar was taken down in the box on a loose-ball chance off a corner kick to earn the penalty.

Coach Bob Lilley was pleased with the way his club defended, holding off Toronto FC, which had a bye this week. Toronto’s Julian de Guzman started and brought on starters Dwayne DeRosario, the former MLS MVP, and defender Jim Brennan in the second half. The Rhinos went with Andrew Hoxie at forward and he was replaced in the second half by Anthony Hamilton.

They didn’t excape unscathed, though, but Lilley hopes minor knocks to midfielder Darren Spicer (calf) and Tyler Roselund (ankle) aren’t anything to be worried about. “I think all the sub did well,” Lilley said.

He was happy the players sent on in their place did well. Right back Frankie Sanfilippo, center back Troy Roberts, midfielder Motagalvan and goalie Scott Vallow played the full 90 minutes.

Lilley’s comments: “I was happy with what we did, but we can still do better. (Toronto) probably had a little more of the possession, kind of like Montreal did on us (in a 1-0 Rhinos win), but we did well. The game was up for grabs. We were still looking to go forward in the late stages, almost to a fault. I felt late in the game we almost left ourselves exposed in the back, but it’s a healthy sign when your team wants to get more than a draw on the road.”

Rhinos lineup: Scott Vallow; defenders Frankie Sanfilippo, Troy Roberts, Tyler Bellamy, Adam West; midfielders Darren Spicer, Alfonso Motagalvan, Tyler Roselund, Jamie Franks; forwards Tino Nunez (trialist), Andrew Hoxie.

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TFC website story. Worth noting that Nane Joseph is with the team again:-


Coach Preki fielded a couple of trialists in the starting line-up and also used the match to give most of his squad some game time. Argentine midfielder Martin Saric was in the starting line-up after recovering from an injury that forced him to leave last week’s season opener in Columbus midway through the second half. SuperDraft pick Nane Joseph also started the match.

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