SAFC Academy: U21s set for Toronto test

SAFC Under-21s will face Toronto II at the Mosaic Stadium on Wednesday evening, as their tour of Canada continues.

The Black Cats were defeated in their opening game on Friday, as New Brunswick All-Stars sealed a 3-0 victory at the Croix-Bleue Medavie Stadium on the campus of the Université de Moncton.

A trip to Regina is next on the Lads’ North American agenda, with the Under-21s ending their trip this weekend with a double-header against Montreal.

Speaking to, John Hewitson, who is overseeing the group during their trip, reviewed the side’s experience so far.

“We had plenty of the ball on Friday evening, but we lacked a cutting edge and were punished on the counter-attack,” explained Hewitson.

“A young group has travelled and New Brunswick’s physical advantage also played a part, particularly as time wore on, and we also faced an unfamiliar style of play that we wouldn’t typically see in England.”

He continued: “We then travelled to Toronto on Friday and were able to use Toronto FC’s training ground, which was a fantastic experience for the players.

“There were some familiar faces up on the walls, including Jozy Altidore and Jermain Defoe, which made them feel at home – and it was great to utilise what is a great facility.   

“Next up we will play an experienced Toronto II side at the Mosaic Stadium in Regina on Wednesday evening and over 5,000 fans are expected to attend.

“It will be another tough challenge for the players, but they are excited to face it.”

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