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Match Preview: LIFC at Toronto FC II

By Brandon Mostyn - contact@lansingignite.com, 07/18/19, 10:00AM EDT

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Lansing prepares for final regular season match against TFC II

LANSING, Mich. – Lansing Ignite FC will face off against a familiar foe Friday night, as the team travels north of the border once again to square off with Toronto FC II at 4 p.m. ET at the BMO Training Ground.

This will be the fourth and final time these two teams will meet in the regular season, with the current record of the series sitting at 1-2 in favor of TFC II. This game will have huge implications moving forward, as Lansing sits three points ahead of Toronto in the playoff race, but have games in hand. Lansing has recorded at least a point in its last three games, and Toronto is coming off a win at home, where they have yet to lose.

HOW TO FOLLOW:

FROM THE COACH:

"Toronto hasn’t lost at home this year," LIFC Head Coach Nate Miller said. "They are a team right there next to us in the table. We have been in very good form the past three games, unbeaten in three. I'm really happy the way the guys have performed, but there is no doubt that Toronto is a huge challenge. I think we’re ready for it. I believe all the work the team has done will break through, and we will be the first team in Toronto to do that."

ABOUT TORONTO FC II:

As the only Canadian team in USL League One, Toronto has a record of 6-5-4 and sits in fifth place with 25 points in the table. Owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment and led by Head Coach Michael Rabasca, Toronto FC II serves as the reserve team for Toronto FC in MLS.

MATCH FACTS:

  • LIFC enters the match in third place in USL League One with a 6-7-5 record and 25 points.

  • Expect goals in this one, as this will be match between the second and third highest-scoring teams in the league. Toronto is second with 25 goals, and LIFC is in third with 24.

  • In the last meeting at Cooley Law School Stadium, LIFC won 1-0 thanks to Selso Saint-Duc’s first goal of the regular season.

  • Tumi Moshobane became the first LIFC player to convert a penalty kick, and score two goals in the same game in LIFC’s last match. He currently leads the team in key passes with 22 and ranks third in crosses in all of USL League One with 54.

  • Nick Moon is performing both on offense and defense. He leads LIFC in goals scored (4) and has been involved in 223 duels and won 128 of them - both the most on the team.

  • Christian Silva leads the team in passing accuracy in the opponent’s half at 78.3 percent.

  • Captain Brandon Fricke leads the team in minutes played with 1,520. On the defensive back line, he has 59 clearances, 77 aerial duels and has won 44, which all lead the team. 

  • Toronto has been exceptional in timing its runs against opposing back lines in 2019. At the BMO Training Ground, TFC II has been called offside five times through six games, while opponents have been called offside 46 times in six games.

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