Red Bulls drop preseason scrimmage vs. Orlando

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by RUSS McKENZIE

Davenport, FL – The New York Red Bulls returned to preseason action on Wednesday morning as they make the final push to their March 6th regular season home opener.

Despite a first half rally, Orlando City SC pulled out a 3-2 victory at the Omni Resort. Kaka, Adrian Winter and Pedro Ribiero scored for the Lions, with Bradley Wright Phillips and Kemar Lawrence notching for New York.

As promised, head coach Jesse Marsch deployed his troops in a 4-2-2-2 formation. However, the new look was tested early by a hungry Orlando. Orlando City opened the scoring when Kaka headed in a Luke Bolden corner in the 23’. The Red Bulls had just defended a sequence that featured three OCSC corners. Luis Robles was called upon to make several quality saves during the opening 20 minutes.

Bradley Wright-Phillips headed home a beautiful cross from Kemar Lawrence to pull even two minutes after Kaka’s goal. That goal seemed to wake his teammates up. The pace got faster, the attack broader.  In the 36th, Lawrence found himself on the receiving end of a rebound from a BWP shot to put the Red Bulls up 2-1.

In the second half, however, with Mike Grella wearing the captain’s armband, the Red Bulls fell behind on goals from Adrian Winter in the 62’, and Pedro Ribiero in the 85’.

The Red Bulls continue their preseason match schedule on Saturday, facing USF at 10:30, and Toronto FC at 12:30 in two split squad scrimmages.

Scoring Summary:
ORL – Kaka (Luke Boden) 23′
NY – Bradley Wright-Phillips (Kemar Lawrence) 25′
NY – Kemar Lawrence (Bradley Wright-Phillips) 36′
ORL – Adrian Winter 62′
ORL – Pedro Ribeiro 85′

New York Red Bulls: Luis Robles (Kyle Reynish); Kemar Lawrence (Connor Lade), Gideon Baah (Aaron Long), Karl Ouimette (Zach Carroll), Sal Zizzo (Chris Duvall), Dax McCarty © (Sean Davis), Felipe (Tyler Adams), Gonzalo Veron (Mike Grella), Sacha Kljestan (Vincent Bezecourt), Lloyd Sam (Brandon Allen, Alex Muyl), Bradley Wright-Phillips (Stefano Bonomo)

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    Were there any good takeaways from this match? A loss is a loss, but in the preseason it’s fine to use the loss as a means to find potential strengths/strategies and places to improve.