Ontario, Canada (July 17) The Dayton Dutch Lions FC (4-5-5 17 points) finished the season out of the country and were handed two disappointing losses as Toronto FC beat them 4-1 and K-W United won 5-1. When the schedule was announced, this trip was viewed as being vital to make the playoffs. With the playoffs not in the picture, the focus needed to get any results was missing and both opponents took advantage of the Lions errors to be victorious.
The opening match against Toronto FC started poorly as the host team scored just two minutes into the match and never looked back. They scored twice more and led 3-0 at halftime.
The Lions did get one back when Eric Lynch found the back of the net for the 7th time this season. Toronto FC scored just 8 minutes later and ended any thought of a DDL comeback.
The second match with K-W United started much better for the Lions as they opened the scoring in the 22nd minute. They were playing well and had a gotten into a good rhythm. K-W continued to push forward and started to gain more possession of the play. The momentum started to turn and the home team was rewarded with two goals in an eight minute span. They took a 2-1 lead into the halftime break.
The Lions did not show up for the second half and K-W United had their way scoring 3 times in the final half of the season.
“We were punished every time we had a mental lapse in both games. We played well for many minutes, but could not maintain any consistency. We did not play well enough to get a result and that is on us. We made too many mistakes and you cannot do that at this level or you will have to pay,” shared Assistant Coach Bruno Lopes.