Bonomo’s first pro goal helps NYRB II draw Charlotte

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by ANTHONY J. MERCED
USL Writer

HARRISON, N.J. – New York Red Bull II had to share points with the Charlotte Independence after a 1-1 draw at Red Bull Arena Wednesday night.

A first half goal by Charlotte came off of a misread by NYRB II goalkeeper Santiago Castano that left the net wide open. Recent USL signing and substitute Stefano Bonomo scored his first professional goal to tie as New York now moves five points clear of the red line and just one point back of the Richmond Kickers.

“We had some tired legs,” said head coach John Wolyniec who’s team has played four games in ten days. “Even with tired legs out there we were still able to still get the tying goal and have a couple of cracks at a winner.”

The first half renewed energy for the Baby Bulls as they moved the ball well and pressured Charlotte, a team more than content with playing off the counter. A terrible misread by Santiago Castano left the net wide open for Charlotte striker Daniel Jackson. His goal stopped New York’s momentum and led a strong spell by the Independence.

When asked about Castano’s aggressive play, head coach Wolyniec was supportive. “It was one of those plays where we don’t do a good enough job covering on the flick on. It was just one of those plays that was very in between and the best thing you can do is be decisive.”

The second half saw much of the same as Charlotte came out aggressive. Santiago Castano was forced to make a huge save and a rebound opportunity cracked off of the crossbar. Key substitutes by head coach John Wolyniec gave his team the desired result. New signing Stefano Bonomo scored the game tying goal in the 72nd minute after a beautiful header. Devon “Speedy” Williams provided the service.

Red Bull first teamers Ronald Zubar, Anatole Abang and Roy Miller joined the side for this encounter.

Next up for New York is a much needed break. They will have the weekend off before traveling to Toronto to take on Toronto FC II.

Scoring Summary

  • CLT: Daniel Jackson (Matt Lampson) 23’
  • NY: Stefano Bonomo (Speedy Williams) 73’

Discipline Summary

  • NY: Bolu Akinyode, Caution 20’
  • CLT: Enzo Martinez, Caution 20’
  • NY: Anatole Abang, Caution 43’
  • CLT: Carlos Alvarez, Caution 60’
  • CLT: Paolo Del Piccolo, Caution 70’
  • CLT: Caleb Calvert, Caution 90’

Lineups

NY: Santiago Castano; Shawn McLaws, Ronald Zubar (James Thomas, 35’), Mike Da Fonte, Roy Miller (Colin Heffron, 46’); Bolu Akinyode, Devon Williams, Leo Stolz; Manolo Sanchez (Marius Obekop, 82’), Anatole Abang (Chris Tsonis, 66’), Brian Saramago (Stefano Bonomo, 60’)

Substitutes not used: Rafael Diaz, Daniel Bedoya

CLT: Matt Lampson; Mechack Jerome, Patrick Slogic, Henry Kalungi (Jack Metcalf, 83’), Bilal Duckett; Andrew Ribeiro, Daniel Jackson (Raphael Cox, 76’), Enzo Martinez (Michael Bustamante, 84’), Paolo Del Piccolo, Carlos Alvarez; Tomasz Zahorski (Caleb Calvert, 81’)

Substitutes not used: John Berner, Ryan Finley, Dominique Badji