At the reopening of MSU Soccer Park, New York Red Bulls II secured three points against the Charlotte Independence. Here are three things we learned.
After a 2-1 loss to FC Cincinnati, New York Red Bulls II were back home at MSU Soccer Park and in need of a win. The Charlotte Independence came into Montclair, NJ rolling on a four-game winning streak.
And it was the Independence who started the scoring in the 23rd minute through Cordell Cato. But the Red Bulls equalized two minutes later through Amando Moreno. Moreno settled a deflected cross from Jared Stroud and toe-poked it home.
In the 58th minute, Red Bulls II earned a penalty off a corner. Cristian Casseres Jr. put his penalty-kick right down the middle, giving RB2 a 2-1 lead. In the 62nd minute RB2 extended the lead, Jared Stroud found a streaking Andrew Tinari who scored on just his second touch of the game.
Just like Tinari, Lucas Stauffer wasted no time after entering the game in the 74th minute. Stauffer scored two minutes into his appearance with a volley off a defensive error. Kevin Politz was fortunate to only receive a yellow card for a sliding tackle in the box. Charlotte’s Jorge Herrera pulled one back from the spot in the 86th minute, but it was too late for the Independence.
It was a successful night for New York Red Bulls II, the team scored four goals, secured three points, opened MSU Soccer Park in style, all the while moving up to 5th place in the conference standings.
Here are three things we learned.
3. Jared Stroud is a catalyst
Jared Stroud continues to make his case to be a week-to-week starter. Against the Charlotte Independence, Stroud added two assists and nearly scored a goal too.
In just four starts and 430 minutes, Stroud has five assists, placing him second among USL’s assist leaders. To put his season into perspective, Cincinnati midfielder Emmanuel Ledesma leads USL with seven assists, but in 12 games and 1032 minutes.
The Red Bulls selected Stroud in the MLS Super Draft with the 83rd overall pick. Assisting put Stroud into the record books at his alma mater, Colgate University. In his senior year, Stroud set a program single-season record with 13 assists. And with that season, Stroud effectively set another school record with 30 career assists.
While many think the MLS Super Draft is becoming irrelevant, Stroud is proof that even in late rounds, there are diamonds in the rough.