Toronto FC III ran amok over southern Ontario affiliate Windsor TFC Stars in Matchweek 20, winning 11-0 at Kia Training Ground, Toronto.
"We spoke about just sticking to our objectives and our philosophy of how we play the game," said TFC III head coach, Danny Dichio.
"I was happy with the attitude and the application because in certain games like that players can get a little bit complacent, take their eye off the ball and then the standard drops. I just asked them to continue with the tempo we are trying to play at, stick to our same philosophies."
Cyrus Rollocks (Photo: Chant Photography)
Cyrus Rollocks (42', 62', 90') and Daniel Da Silva (45', 53', 64') led the scoring with a hat-trick each, while Luca Uccello (22', 35') and Steven Furlano (55', 84') added braces.
Mathew Srbely (12') opened the scoring with a strike inside the first quarter of an hour, and the clean sheet was shared by keepers Gianluca Catalano and Sebastian Sgarbossa.
"Our defenders have been playing pretty well lately and when you are in a game where you are not defending as much as you would do, we asked them to stay focused and connected," said Dichio.
"I thought our two fullbacks did very well today. Afram [Gorgees], the young boy, slotted in at centre-back for us today. I thought it was good performances all around. I asked them to play with good tempo and not let the tempo drop and they did that for the majority."
Luca Uccello (Photo: Chant Photography)
Windsor brought a young team of prospects to the match at Kia, with many of the regular starters having departed for university and college teams. The lone veteran on the team - defender Jamar Kelly - was dismissed after half an hour.
"The reason we brought the kids here was so that they could gain experience and we hope they will learn from games like this one," said Windsor head coach, Zibby Piatkiewicz.
"As you can see by the score and everything else, it was a one-sided game."
"We have lost pretty much the whole team [to university]," he confirmed.
"The only player we have left is Jamar Kelly, and that didn't last long today. We played most of the game with ten and then went down to nine with one of the players having to leave the pitch as well."
"We're going to look to utilize a different strategy next season, mixing in the young kids with the older players, which will hopefully help us work on things throughout the season and leave us in a better position at the end as well."
Toronto FC III will next play Oakville Blue Devils on September 17 at Kia Training Ground, Toronto.
Windsor TFC Stars will next play Sanjaxx Lions on September 17 at University of Windsor, Windsor.
(Photo: Chant Photography)