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TFC II vs. Charlotte Independence

USL Match Preview, Live Stream, & Game Thread

Clint Irwin at FC Dallas
Irwin looks to continue his stint at TFC II this weekend
Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

With the big club on an international break, everyone take the opportunity to check out Toronto FC II, who continue their season on Sunday afternoon against the Charlotte Independence at 4 pm EST.

Getting up to the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan can be tricky, but thankfully USL offers live streams of matches.

Charlotte enter in sixth place of the Eastern Conference, level on points with Charleston, but with a seven-goal advantage in the differential, while TFC II sit in thirteenth, on the verge of mathematical elimination from the playoffs.

The Independence are the Colorado Rapids affiliates and feature a few names that should be familiar to MLS watchers. Jun Marques Davidson and Bilal Duckett, once of Vancouver are regulars in the side, while names like Enzo Martinez, Caleb Calvert, and Zach Pfeffer ring bells - though Pfeffer looks to have moved on. David Estrada, formerly of Seattle, and Joseph Greenspan – the Rapids draft pick who needed to fulfill his US Navy commitments before joining the club – are also on the roster.

Always looking to build, TFC II announced the signing of Shaan Hundal, a 17-year old forward who has impressed in his 24 matches with II, scoring five goals and registering one assist throughout.

The club will be without the services of two regulars in Liam Fraser and Luca Uccello, who are in Costa Rica with the Canadian U20 side – both started in Canada's 2-1 loss in the series opener and were substitutes the 2-0 loss that closed the two-game set.

As well, it appears as though the fracas that ended last weekend's loss came at a cost: both Mitch Taintor, who saw a red card in the dying minutes, and Bubacarr Jobe will be suspended for the match against Charlotte.

Clint Irwin, on a training stint to regain match fitness ahead of a return to MLS play, looks to continue in goal for TFC II.

And keep an eye out for Ricardo John, who made his debut last weekend against FC Montreal. He scored two goals in a rollicking 4-3 loss to FCM, impressing Jason Bent in the process.

Pre-Match Video Interviews: Jason Bent, Martin Davis, and Shaan Hundal