A Perfect Blemish: Road warrior Red Bulls II draw at Orlando

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by ANTHONY J. MERCED

New York Red Bull II’s perfect road record suffered a slight stain as a late goal from Pierre Da Silva tied the game in the 87th minute, resulting in a 2-2 draw.

It is the first points New York has dropped on the road all season long. They do, however, remain unbeaten in six straight.

New York continues to have trouble scoring goals as both netted efforts came from defenders Tim Schmoll and Aaron Long. Forwards Brandon Allen and Stefano Bonomo are in a drought with only five goals between them all season long.

The first half started off flat but saw the action pick up after the first goal in the game. Ryan Meara, who has been seemingly flawless this season, cleared a ball from the box which landed at the feet of Devron Garcia. The defender buried the ball into the back of the net for the first goal of the game — the first surrendered by New York Red Bull II in four games.

New York responded before the end of the first half as Derrick Etienne Jr. pushed a ball into the box where it fell to the feet of defender Tim Schmoll for his first goal of the season. Three minutes later Aaron Long connected on a one-touch volley from Stefano Bonomo to put New York ahead for the first time in the game.

The second half appeared as if New York would hold on to the lead. Junior Flemmings had a fantastic opportunity to extend the lead in the 54th minute but hit the post in his effort. The game tying goal came in the 87th minute as Pierre Da Silva slotted a ball past Ryan Meara after great interplay with Bryan Rochez.

New York loses ground on Louisville City FC but remains in second place by one point. The surging FC Cincinnati is now breathing down their necks as the race for the top of the Eastern Conference continues.

Next week New York returns to Red Bull Arena to play the Wilmington Hammerheads where it is another chance to extend the team’s point streak — and this time, against NYCFC’s USL affiliate.

STARTING XI:

New York Red Bull II: Meara; Plewa, Schmoll, Long, Carroll; Metzger, Williams, Flemmings, Etienne Jr.; Bonomo, Allen

Orlando City B: Ridgers; Hayden, D. Garcia, Donovan, Ambrose; Laryea, Ribeiro, Rocha, Neal, Da Silva; Cox

SCORING:

’17: OCB D. Devron Garcia (1) unassisted
’38 NYRB II Tim Schmoll (1) assisted by Derrick Etienne Jr.
’41 NYRB II Aaron Long (1) assisted by Stefano Bonomo
’86 Pierre Da Silva (2) assisted by Bryan Rochez

DISCIPLINE:

’28: NYRB II YELLOW CARD: Devon Williams
’46 OCB YELLOW CARD: Michael Ambrose
’69 NYRB II YELLOW CARD: Konrad Plewa
’80 NYRB II YELLOW CARD: Dan Metzger