NYRB II Eliminated in First USOC Match

IMAGE, BOB LARSON FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by ANTHONY J. MERCED
USL Beat Writer

New York Red Bull II were unable to advance past PDL side Jersey Express in Newark Wednesday night, falling by a final score of 1-0.

A side made up completely of USL and Academy prospects played well but lacked the killer touch to put the game away. Despite holding the lion’s share of possession, it was a second half corner after a counter attack that saw Chris Karcz, former Red Bull reserve player, score the game’s only goal. Jersey Express were more than content with absorbing pressure, and despite NYRB II’s best efforts, were unable to find an equalizer.

Head coach John Wolyneic was disappointed in the result but seemed optimistic about the team’s effort.

“No matter how much you put into a game, if you don’t handle set pieces well, that’s a way that even when you have a bit of control of the game another team can take it from you.”

When speaking more specifically about what the team may have learned from the experience, Wolyneic offered “To be a professional soccer player is always a difficult job and someone is always there looking to grab your job from you.”

The first half was very solid for New York. The team started a youthful line up, including sixteen-year-old Tyler Adams and seventeen-year-old Derrick Etienne. Colin Heffron also returned to the lineup after missing a number of games due to injury.

To their credit, Jersey didn’t waver in their strategy. The team played a physical game and had the better opportunities — albeit with little possession.

The second half saw John Wolyneic’s side push harder with Derrick Etienne and Chris Tsonis leading further up the pitch in an attempt to break the game open. They seemed to be cruising to a goal until the 58th minute when the Express caught New York on the counter, leading to Karcz’s goal. From there, Jersey parked the bus, allowing Red Bull II to hit them with everything but the kitchen sink. A Konrad Plewa attempt nearly equalized in the 62nd minute, but despite their best efforts the team was unable to find the life saving goal.

New York’s defeat means we’ll have to wait at least one more round for a potential derby with the New York Cosmos. The Jersey Express, who were to host the match at NJIT Stadium, will instead move towards St, John’s Belson Stadium.

For NYRB II, the USL campaign is all that is left as they host FC Montreal after the Philadelphia Union vs. New Red Bull game on Sunday.

Scoring Summary:

Jer: Chris Karcz (Bryan Martinez) 59′

Discipline Summary:

NY– James Thomas (caution, foul) 37′

Jer – Federico De Oliveiro (caution, foul) 83′

NY lineup: Rafael Diaz, James Thomas, Mike Da Fonte, Konrad Plewa, Colin Heffron (Ethan Lochner), Dan Metzger, Tyler Adams, Derrick Etienne, Alex Clay (Franklin Castellanos, 67′), Chris Tsonis, Juan Sebastian Sanchez

Unused Subs:

Wojciech Gadja, Bolu Akinyode, Mason Deeds, Kyle Zajec
  • Full 90

    So I guess it could be cosmos vs red bull.
    Can’t wait can’t wait :)
    This is judgment year for cosmos.

  • Resguard

    i wish the Cosmos could play NYCFC first, beat them then move on to play NYRB… I feel this year the RB are going to be a lot harder to beat…

  • Scott

    I think Cosmos have just as fair of a chance this year as last. The NYRB are better standings wise than last year but, both the Cosmos and Red Bulls now play a similar playing style.

  • Anthony

    Good for Jersey Express, but i was hoping to put 10 goals past the energy drink’s USL side in the next round.

  • willy wonka

    Cosmos for sure will move on, but playing red bull first is better than nyc .
    Playing nyc first might be a be careful what you wish for scenario :-)
    If cosmos advanced, will they host or will it be at red bull marketing head office arena.

  • great job Chris Karcz!!! Congrats from everyone at Ballyowen…