VAUGHAN, Ont. – FC Cincinnati will try to improve its USL Cup Playoffs seeding in the Eastern Conference on Saturday night with a win against Toronto FC II when the teams meet at the Ontario Soccer Centre. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.
Toronto FC II news and notes
Current record: 6-18-7, 25pts
Toronto fell 4-2 against Bethlehem Steel FC last Friday night in an outing that produced some high spots as the club's third season neared its end.
Canada U20 international Shaan Hundal continued his recent run of good form, scoring both goals for TFC II after Bethlehem has put itself ahead by three goals over the opening hour of the match.
Hundal, the No. 4 selection in the USL 20 Under 20 in 2017, has scored in three consecutive games, which has allowed him to equal his goal total of a year ago with six tallies this season.
Toronto has claimed four of its six victories on home turf this season, including wins against playoff-bound sides Louisville City FC and the Charleston Battery at the Ontario Soccer Centre.
FC Cincinnati news and notes
Current record: 11-10-10, 43pts
FCC fell to a heavy 4-0 defeat to Ottawa Fury FC last Sunday afternoon to remain in eighth place in the USL Eastern Conference.
Cincinnati conceded three goals in the first half to be well off the pace before conceding early in the second half. A 69th-minute red card to Fury FC defender Kyle Venter didn't offer a way for Cincinnati to work back into the match as it was unable to find a way past Ottawa goalkeeper Callum Irving.
The defeat at Ottawa was the third time FC Cincinnati had conceded four or more goals this season, with goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt having faced 142 shots against so far this season.
Cincinnati clinched a playoff place on Thursday night thanks to the Tampa Bay Rowdies' victory against Orlando City B, which eliminated OCB from the playoffs. FCC could finish as high as sixth in the Eastern Conference should it take victory, and both the New York Red Bulls II and Bethlehem Steel FC fail to win in their final games of the regular season.
Toronto – GK: Angelo Cavalluzzo, Mark Pais, Gianluca Catalano; D: Antonio Romeo, Lars Eckenrode, Brandon Aubrey, Julian Dunn, Jordan McCrary, Mitchell Taintor, Brandon Onkony, Noble Okello, Ashtone Morgan; M: Sergio Camargo, Liam Fraser, Anthony Osorio, Brian James, Tsubasa Endoh, Malik Johnson, Tsubasa Endoh, Aidan Daniels, Luca Uccello, Matthew Srbely, Ryan Telfer; F: Dante Campbell, Shaan Hundal, Ricardo John, Ben Spencer, Jordan Hamilton
Cincinnati – GK: Mitch Hildebrandt, Dan Williams, Dallas Jaye; D: Matt Bahner, Tyler Polak, Harrison Delbridge, Pat McMahon, Austin Berry, Garret Halfhill, Justin Hoyte, Sem de Wit, Mele Temguia, Josu; M: Aodhan Quinn, Paul Nicholson, Aaron Walker, Corben Bone, Jimmy McLaughlin, Marco Dominguez, Kevin Schindler; F: Kadeem Dacres, Djiby Fall, Danni König, Kyle Greig, Andrew Wiedeman
Toronto – None
Cincinnati – Accumulation warning: Austin Berry
REF: FABRIZIO STASOLLA
AR1: Chantal Boudreau
AR2: Gianni Facchini
4TH: Alexis Vaughan
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