Preview: NYRB II Play in Second Game of Sunday Doubleheader

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by ANTHONY J. MERCED
USL Beat Writer

New York Red Bull II hopes to snap a three game winless streak in all competitions when they play the night portion of a soccer doubleheader at Red Bull Arena Sunday night.

It all starts at 5pm when the New York Red Bulls play the Philadelphia Union. Immediately after that match, USL side New York Red Bull II will play FC Montreal. It will be the first meeting ever between the MLS2 sides.


Projected XI:

New York Red Bull II: Castano; Wallace, Da Fonte, Jean-Baptiste, McLaws; Stolz, Metzger, Sanchez, Obekop, Bedoya; Tsonis

FC Montreal: Crépeau; Sukunda, Temguia, Hocine, Grant; Gagnon-Laparé, Béland-Goyette, Lajoie-Gravelle, Lincourt-Joseph, Williams; Jackson-Hamel

X-Factor: FC Montreal scored their first victory last week against a rather formidable Charleston Battery side. While the win is tarnished a bit due to Charleston having certain players absent due to visa issues, the win gives Montreal momentum in a season where they’ve been all but nonexistent through six games.


Growth in Defeat for New York

Last week was a challenging one for NYRB II. First, they surrender a late goal against Charleston in their first game at Columbia University for a draw. Then, they lose their first game in the US Open Cup to PDL side Jersey Express. While that Open Cup team was comprised completely of academy and USL signees, there was hope in the performance despite the disappointing result.

As a whole, the team is growing into the system. Goalscoring remains a worry. However, the level of play against more established teams like Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Charleston has yielded positive signs. Now, it is up to John Wolyneic and his staff to convert that positivity into points. FC Montreal is also young but has had a lackluster start to the season. Despite scoring an upset victory, it should be expected for New York to grab all three points before an extended road trip that wouldn’t see the team come back to New York until mid-July.

Montreal is Dangerous Despite Record

Charleston certainly took Montreal lightly. The team has been abysmal this season, scoring only three goals in six games while surrendering 10. They have played five of their six games at home and were unable to get any points until last weekend. Their only road game was a loss to Harrisburg where they scored one of their three season goals.

Still, the team cannot be taken lightly. They come in playing the North American trend of the year formation (4-2-3-1) and will look to win the midfield battles. Underestimated the young side could lead to another disappointing result. A win for both teams would move them up the rankings. New York would move into a playoff spot and Montreal out of last place. Both teams have something substantial to play for in this fixture.