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Late equalizer sees Toronto FC II maintain their unbeaten record at home

Rocco Romeo's late goal stole a point for the Young Reds

Toronto FC II

Toronto FC II fought back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat Lansing Ignite last Friday, as a pair of late goals saw them stay unbeaten at home.

Jordan Perruzza opened the scoring for Toronto FC II in the 35th minute. After a cross from Luca Petrasso, Perruzza redirected the ball into the goal.

It was his 7th goal of the season, leaving him in a tie for second in the USL League One Golden Boot race.

Lansing then scored a trio of unanswered goals, giving them a 3-1 lead.

First, Pato Botello Faz scored a penalty to equalize after Rocco Romeo committed a foul inside the box.

After the break, Lansing scored a pair of goals in quick succession, finding the back of the net in the 51st and 54th minutes.

Brandon Fricke found the back of the net to break the deadlock, and Xavier Gomez finished off an excellent play 3 minutes later to double the lead for the visitors.

After an excellent chip by Nick Moon, Gomez took a step to his right before hitting a sweet volleyed shot past TFC II goalkeeper Yann-Alexandre Fillion.

With time running out for TFC II, a comeback looked unlikely, but they fought back and scored twice in 3 minutes to earn a point.

First, Patrick Bunk-Anderson found the back of the net in the 78th minute with a bullet of a header. He stayed in the box after a set piece play, and after a cross from Matthew Srbely, scored the same way he's done so many times this season.

TFC II's third goal, scored just three minutes later, was scored under similar circumstances.

After a corner kick, the Lansing Ignite defenders were unable to clear the ball, and Rocco Romeo pounced on it. The centre-back fired the ball into the net from a yard out, tying the game.

Full highlights of the game are here:


Toronto FC II fans have been treated to a few entertaining games at the BMO Training Ground this season, as this is the second 3-3 comeback draw in recent times. On June 12th, the Young Reds came back from a 3-0 deficit to draw 3-3 against North Texas SC.

Toronto FC II's next game is on Friday against the Richmond Kickers. Kickoff at the BMO Training Ground is at 4 pm.