VAUGHAN, Ont. – Bethlehem Steel FC continues its fight for a place in the 2017 USL Cup Playoffs on Friday night when it travels to take on Toronto FC II at the Ontario Soccer Center looking to jump into seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings with a victory. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Toronto FC II news and notes
Current record: 6-17-7, 25pts
Toronto took a surprise 1-0 win against Louisville City FC last Wednesday night at the Ontario Soccer Centre in its most recent outing as it shocked the USL Eastern Conference-leaders.
Shaan Hundal scored the only goal of the match in the 73rd minute with a good finish on Jordan McCrary’s pass, which proved enough for the win on the night, and in then regular-season series against Louisville.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Toronto, which now needs victory on Friday night to avoid finishing in last place in the Eastern Conference.
Goalkeeper Angelo Cavalluzzo recorded a four-save shutout against Louisville last Wednesday night, and is now seventh in the USL with 79 saves for the season in 19 appearances.
Bethlehem Steel FC news and notes
Current record: 11-11-7, 40pts
Bethlehem earned a 1-1 draw with the Tampa Bay Rowdies last Saturday night at Al Lang Stadium in its most recent outing.
Seku Conneh scored for Steel FC in the 56th minute to put the side ahead on the road, but an equalizer 10 minutes from time saw Bethlehem slip to ninth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
The draw was the second in the week for Bethlehem against Tampa Bay after the teams played to a 2-2 draw on Sept. 27, but kept the side on a five-game undefeated streak going into Friday night's contest.
Bethlehem currently sits one point back of the eighth-place New York Red Bulls II and two back of seventh-place Orlando City B in the Eastern Conference. A win on Friday would guarantee a place in the playoff positions after this weekend's action, however, with Orlando set to host New York on Saturday night.
Toronto – GK: Angelo Cavalluzzo, Mark Pais, Clint Irwin, Gianluca Catalano; D: Antonio Romeo, Lars Eckenrode, Brandon Aubrey, Julian Dunn, Oyvind Alseth, Jordan McCrary, Mitchell Taintor, Brandon Onkony, Noble Okello, Ashtone Morgan; M: Sergio Camargo, Anthony Osorio, Brian James, Tsubasa Endoh, Malik Johnson, Tsubasa Endoh, Aidan Daniels, Luca Uccello, Matthew Srbely, Ryan Telfer; F: Daniel DaSilva, Shaan Hundal, Ricardo John, Ben Spencer, Jordan Hamilton
Bethlehem – GK: Jake McGuire, Kris Shakes, Tomas Romero; D: Keegan Rosenberry, Josh Yaro, Richie Marquez, Aaron Jones, Austin Trusty, Hugh Roberts, Charlie Reymann, Matthew Real, Matt Mahoney, Maurice Edu; M: Fabian Herbers, Derrick Jones, Adam Najem, Josh Heard, James Chambers, Yosef Samuel, Seth Kuhn, Brenden Aaronson, Mike Pellegrino; F: Marcus Epps, Seku Conneh, Chris Nanco, Santi Moar, Amoy Brown
Toronto - Suspended: Liam Fraser
Bethlehem – Suspended: Cory Burke; Accumulation warning: James Chambers, Seku Conneh, Anthony Fontana, Giliano Wijnaldum
REF: DAVID BARRIE
AR1: Melissa Snedden
AR2: Filip Dujic
4TH: Armando Pereira
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