Preview: NYRB II Look to Continue Unbeaten Streak vs. Wilmington

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by ANTHONY J. MERCED
USL Writer

New York Red Bull II are on a four game unbeaten streak as they head into Legion Stadium in Wilmington, North Carolina to face the Hammerheads. Since their 2-0 loss to Harrisburg City back on July 12th, the team has recorded two or more goals in each of their games and grabbed a combined 10 out of 12 points.

Wilmington is on the complete opposite end of the spectrum having only won 2 games all season long and not a single one at home yet in 2015. On top of that, the team is on a six game winless streak and only managed to gain one point over that stretch.

Needless to say the Hammerheads are not benefiting from their association with NYCFC who have not lent a player down to the team since their early season victory over NYRB II back on April 12th.


Projected XI:

New York Red Bull II: Castano; Thomas, Akinyode, Da Fonte, Heffron; Stolz, Obekop, Williams; Castellanos, Bedoya, Bonomo

Wilmington Hammerheads: Rawls; Cole, Campbell, Reading, Martinez; Tomaselli, Nicholson, Godelman, Bone; Heaney, Lawal

Previous Results: 3-0 Wilmington at Red Bull Arena on April 12. 1-0 NYRB II at Legion Stadium on June 13.

Players to Watch:¬†Stefano Bonomo hasn’t been on the field very much for NYRB II but he has certainly had a presence. First there was the near breakaway against St. Louis and then the opportunity in front of goal against Charlotte. While he hasn’t converted yet, his placement on the field has made him a target for wing players like Obekop and Bedoya. Expect him, whether in the starting line up or on the bench, to be a force in front of goal who may be the player to decide the game.

X-Factor:¬†Pressure. The pressure is on both teams but almost entirely on Wilmington who enter the final third of the season wondering if they will go winless in their own stadium. New York on the other hand is looking to continue their climb up the standings — one that could see NYRB II leap from the Richmond Kickers should the results go their way.


Anything less than a Red Bull II victory will certainly be seen as an upset. The Wilmington Hammerheads have been one of the more listless teams in the 2015 USL season. Others teams may not be producing but few have the uncertainty with talent that the Hammerheads have. Their association with NYCFC is also not as beneficial as it could be due to a lack of youth academy and will more than likely not produce anything of the sort for a few years.

Despite losing certain talents like Derrick Etienne from earlier in the year, New York has had numerous players step up and show just how good they are. Franklin Castellanos, Chris Tonis and Dan Bedoya have sparked the offense of late either as starters or off the bench. Michael Da Fonte and Colin Heffron have solidified what was at first a rotating back line.

Overall, New York has grown stronger in a conference where several teams peaked just before the summer.

This game still has the smell of a trap game for NYRB II. Head coach John Wolyniec will have to keep the team focused as they approach the final seven games of the season.

 


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  • slowleftarm

    Noticed Tyler Adams hasn’t played for RBNY II since his goal against Chelsea. Is he injured?

    • BleedingRed

      maybe preparing for the u-17 World Cup

    • trollleftarm

      WHY? are you commenting on this MINOR LEAGUE soccer????


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