The Little Italy Festival will be hosted at Marina Auto Stadium on Saturday, June 16, starting at 11 AM, as a prelude to the regular season USL match between Toronto FC II and Indy Eleven.
Frankie Scintawill be flying in from Vegas to perform live at 9 PM during the festival, as a special guest with the James Brown Experience, and will sing a heart-warming version of "America the Beautiful" and other songs, to honor police, fire and first responders, as we thank them for their service.
During the Little Italy Festival, the second regular-season USL match will kick off at 7 PM as Toronto FC II (home team) will be facing off against Indy Eleven. This is Indy Eleven’s first time playing in Rochester, NY at Marina Auto Stadium. Event tickets include both the Little Italy Festival, as well as the USL regular season match starting as low as $15 (click here to order tickets).
Leading into the match, the Little Italy Festival event will run from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM. There will be a variety of bands playing different styles of music throughout the day. Bands include The James Brown Experience with special guest Frankie Scinta; Graziana Lazzaro, singing Italian hits; Aaron Caruso, Italian tenor and Vegas showman; and many more singers and special acts.
Festival organizer and Chairman of the Little Italy Association, Silvano Orsi quotes; “Italy is a four-time world cup champion. Soccer was born in Europe; therefore, it only makes sense to tie in soccer as the World’s Game, with the Little Italy Festival. In addition, public events such as the festival are important for area-wide revitalization. With the stadium being located in the heart of the Little Italy historic district is an obvious choice on where to hold major events so that people are drawn to the area and we begin to change its negative perception and help improve the neighborhood.”
In addition to music and soccer, the festival will also feature many vendors. These vendors include Rob’s Kabobs, Rubino’s Meat Market, Rita’s Italian Ice, Fried Dough Boys, and many more!
Early Match Preview
Indy Eleven is currently standing in seventh place in the eastern conference of the USL. They have four wins, three draws and two losses. Their leading scorers are Ayoze, Jack McInerney and Soony Saad. Each player has two goals on the board. Saad is also leading in assistants and shot with two assists and 19 shots this season. Indy Elevens goalkeeper, Owain Fon Williams, has had 18 saves so far this season.
Indy Elevens two leading goal scorers, Ayoze and McInerney, are leading in yellow cards this season, as well. Ayoze has four and McInerney has three yellow cards. Only one red card has been distributed so far this season to Karl Oiumette.
Toronto FC II record is 0-2-8. The team has not seen a win yet this season. They could chalk up another draw against Indy Eleven in Rochester and bring their standings up. Toronto FC II currently sits in last place, 16th, in the eastern conference of the USL.
Luca Ucello and Aidan Daniels lead Toronto FC II in goals so far with each having two goals. Liam Fraser, Mariano Miño, Shaan Hudal, Ayo Akinola, Kyle Bjornethun, and Aidan Daniels are all tied for leading in assists with one assist each. Daniels is also leading in shots with 11 shots. Angelo Cavalluzzo is leading the goalkeepers of Toronto FC II in saves with 16 saves.