Preview: NYRB II Look to Cool Hot Cincinnati

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by ANTHONY J. MERCED

New York Red Bull II has a chance to go six points clear at the top of the able but need to cool off a red hot FC Cincinnati team.

Cincinnati has not lost a game since dropping a 2-1 decision to New York back on July 20th. They have a five game unbeaten streak which has seem them score wins over the likes of Louisville City FC. This team is dangerous but will have the deal with a New York team that is equally hot having won four straight games.


PROJECTED STARTING XI:

New York Red Bull II: Meara; O’Toole, Long, Carroll, Powder; Metzger, Williams, Etienne Jr., Bonomo, Valot, Allen

FC Cincinnati: Hildebrandt; Berry, Nicholson, Delbridge; McMahon, Bone, McLaughlin, Kenney, Polak; Wiedeman, Cummings

Player to Watch: Stefano Bonomo should be playing significant minutes with the recent schedule congestion. The 23 year old striker has four goals in sixteen games this season and now has something to prove following a four game suspension. Bonomo has proven to be strong facing goal as well as holding the ball up for fellow forwards. Look for him to get minutes as well as get chances in front of goal.

X-Factor: Aggression. FC Cincinnati is coming into Red Bull Arena looking for points. While they have been on five game unbeaten streak, they remain ten points back of first place and need a win to clinch a playoff spot. Their 3-5-2 approach could be exploited as they’ll aggressively stack the midfield to push the game.

How to Watch: YouTube at 5:45PM on 8/28


The previous meeting between New York and Cincinnati was one of the most exciting USL games of the season. Expect both teams to be in similar form with a lot to prove. A win for Cincinnati guarantees them a playoff spot and New York is looking to solidify their claim to being the best team in the USL.

It is also worth noting that former Red Bull assistant coach and US Men’s soccer legend John Harkes returns as head coach of Cincinnati. He has impressively led his side to a winning season and hopes to play spoiler on what has been a very impressive season for John Wolyniec and NYRB II.