TFC II are riding a hot streak going into their match against Louisville City today at the Ontario Soccer Centre. The opponent however might not be an easy one to get past and earn a second straight win.
Louisville has recently surpassed the Charleston Battery after TFC II were able to defeat them last Friday and a loss to the Rhinos the next day pushed the Battery down the Eastern standings.
After a strong performance against a physical Battery side, TFC II earned their fourth win of the season. The club continued their success with a good showing against Roma's Primavera squad on Tuesday, going the distance in a shootout loss.
TFC II will look for that positive start against both the Battery and AS Roma, and challenge a tough Louisville squad, a team that head coach Jason Bent says are maybe the best footballing side in the league.
Louisville is also coming off a win last week, defeating the Wilmington Hammerheads 3-1 and earning their fifth straight win. When TFC II last faced Louisville City in a rain soaked match on May 16th, the young Reds were unable to out muscle a very strong Louisville side. Right away, the home side were able to find the back of the net in the sixth minute with a Kadeem Dacres goal, started by leading scorer Matt Fondy.
Fondy then got on the score sheet in 14th minute from an assist from fellow goal scorer Dacres. Louisville went on to win the match 4-0 after Fondy scored his second goal of the match in the 55th and sealed the win for his side.
Matt Fondy has since gone on to score 12 goals so far this season and sits third overall in the USL.
TFC II head coach Jason Bent mentioned which players he has looked closely at and could cause some problems for his side. "[Aohdan] Quinn is a very good playmaker in midfield left footed, with a great range of passing. Not the most mobile, but a good footballer.
"[Kadeem] Dacres, number seven on the right flank has been fairly dangerous for them as well.
"They score some goals off of set pieces with the big boys [Conor] Shanosky in the back, who scored a set piece against us the last time we played them.
"All in all I think their a very good team, well coached. They won 3-1 against Wilmington last week. Were expecting a very attacking team."
TFC II will have to deal with a very strong Louisville side, one that has been on a roll as of late. Losing to them 4-0 last time was hard to move past by, and Louisville looks set on defeating a side they outplayed over two months ago.
However that was a TFC II team that played two days before in St. Louis and earned their second win of the season. The young Reds have looked better since they last played Louisville City, and have had key players make their Toronto FC debuts and represent Canada at the Pan Am games this month.
A win might be a stretch for the young Reds, but a tie looks more likely for this side. I say TFC II keep up the momentum and earn a hard fought draw today.
You can catch the game live on torontofc.ca/live at 3:00 PM EST or even head out the game at the Ontario Soccer Centre.