The New York Red Bulls II get their first win in 36 days by beating Indy Eleven 4-1 at Red Bull Arena. Below is a run-down of the game, along with Sunday’s top performers.
New York Red Bulls II had a positive start to their 2018 USL season with three wins in their first five games. Aside from a 3-1 loss to Atlanta United II, the team, full of new additions, looked promising. But since their 5-0 routing of the Tampa Bay Rowdies, Red Bulls II failed to win a single game until this Saturday, a stretch that spanned 36 days and five games.
During that time, Red Bulls II weren’t losing but instead tying to teams below them in the standings. A streak of four straight draws was then capped off by a 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Bethlehem Steel last week.
In their first-ever meeting with Indy Eleven, John Wolyniec’s team had another chance to get back on track against weaker opposition. Despite being a spot above RB2 in the standings, going into Sunday, Indy Eleven scored the least amount of goals in USL with just eight through nine games.
In front of a dismal crowd at Red Bull Arena, the home side gave up an early goal. Indy Eleven scored their ninth goal of the year when Soony Saad curled one past Evan Louro in the 21st minute. Saad’s goal came against the run of play and was the sole bright spot in a quiet half for both teams.
In the second half, Red Bulls II capitalized on two miscues from, statistically-speaking, one of the best defensive team in USL. In the 57th minute, Brian White equalized on a poor headed back pass from Kevin Venegas, rounding Fon Williams for the goal.
And then, just two minutes later, White again intercepted a back pass who’s saved shot fell to Carlos Rivas who saw his shot on goal stopped by a handball in the box by Bradford Rusin. Rusin deserved to see red, but was only given a yellow, but nonetheless, Rivas stepped up and scored the penalty kick to make it 2-1.
Nico Matern earned a second yellow just two minutes after his first yellow card putting Indy Eleven down to 10 men, and, from then on, the game opened up and RB2 poured on the pressure. Jared Stroud set up Amando Moreno for a tap-in in the 83rd minute. In stoppage-time, Tom Barlow followed up on his shot which struck the cross-bar and tucked away an effort from 18 yards out.
After 90 minutes, RB2 out-shot Indy Eleven 30-4 and had 58% off the possession. It was a good performance that bettered as the match progressed.