Toronto FC II opened their 2016 USL regular season campaign with a 2-2 draw against New York Red Bulls II at Red Bull Arena.
The Young Reds were lifted by a huge first half performance by goalkeeper Alex Bono. As the game developed following a flurry of key Bono saves, TFC began to find their feet.
An excellent combination play, started by right back Mark Bloom, culminated in a Raheem Edwards goal, with well worked passes from Sal Bernal and Mo Babouli.
Jason Bent’s side continued to press, and just before halftime Skylar Thomas made it 2-0 for Toronto FC II. The central defender showed touch better reserved for the forwards on this team.
The home side responded, however, with two goals within four minutes in the second half. Brandon Allen scored both goals, notching a draw for the home side.
Toronto FC II returns to action on April 9 when they face FC Montreal at 7:30 PM ET. Catch the game on torontofc.ca
TFC II – Raheem Edwards 35’ (Mo Babouli)
TFC II – Skylar Thomas 45’ + 1’ (Brian James)
NYRB II – Brandon Allen 66’
NYRB II – Brandon Allen 70’
NYRB II – Noah Powder 38’ (caution) NYRB II – Stefano Bonomo 89’ (caution) Records: Toronto FC II: 0-0-1 1pts. New York Red Bulls II: 0-0-1 1pts.
Toronto FC II – Alex Bono; Mark Bloom, Mitchell Taintor, Skylar Thomas, Anthony Osorio; Chris Mannella ©, Brian James (Adam Bouchard 90’), Aidan Daniels (Malik Johnson 78’); Mo Babouli, Raheem Edwards, Sal Bernal (Martin Davis 73’) Substitutes Not Used: Phil Boerger, Andrew Dias, Steven Furlano, Richie Ennin
New York Red Bulls II – Ryan Meara; Noah Powder, Timothy Schmoll (Devon Williams 62’), Zachary Carroll (Mason Deeds 89’), Aaron Long; Tyler Adams, Sean Davis, Derrick Etienne, Alex Muyl (Vincent Bezecourt 58’); Brandon Allen, Stefano Bonomo Substitutes Not Used: Rafael Diaz, Daniel Metzger, Junior Flemmings