NYRB II Score Early and Often in First Win

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by ANTHONY J MERCED
USL Beat Writer

New York Red Bulls II had no problems scoring as they defeated Toronto FC II by a final score of 4-1 at Red Bull Arena to earn their first win in team history.

“It’s a process, it’s doing something that’s a bit new especially to a new team,” Wolyniec said. “A lot of these guys have played for different coaches and different clubs…it’s going to take time so having some First Team guys helps instill that a bit more, but it was a good performance.”

The side was littered with MLS players on loan during the bye week and their efforts were essential towards the final result. New York Red Bull’s usual first team bench striker Anatole Abang made a start for NYRB II and scored in the seventh minute to become the team’s first ever goalscorer. Marius Obekop, Monolo Sanchez and Leo Stoltz also got in on the action as the team cruised to their first win and remain undefeated after two games.

The first half saw John Wolyniec’s side come out with all of the confidence they displayed in the second half against Rochester. The only difference would be the execution from the MLS additions announced on Friday. Anatole Abang’s 7th minute goal was an impressive soft touch into the net off of an equally impressive cross from Sean Davis. The remainder of the half saw New York continue with the mantra of “high-press” offense. Toronto was stifled in the midfield and, when they did hold possession, looked toothless in the final third.

Shawn McLaws gave NYRB II some breathing room as he scored in the 38th minute beating goalkeeper Alex Bono. The only sore spot in the half was a leg injury to Colin Heffron who for a second straight week impressed with his distribution and defensive tracking at left back.

The second half started with a bit of concern. Head coach Jason Bent lit a fire under his team as they came out attacking and pressed New York as hard as they could. It lead to an own goal off of a shot by Mo Babouli. The ball deflected off of defender Karl Ouimette and beat Kyle Reynish who had already committed in the wrong direction. From there, Toronto seemed poised to equalize but by the sixty-fifth minute, New York had wrestled control of the game away from the visiting team.

Derek Etienne impressed off of the bench once again with a fantastic curling pass that found Anatole Abang. This time, Toronto defenders made sure he didn’t get a shot off by taking down the striker to force a penalty opportunity. Marius Obekop stepped up and placed the ball into the top right corner, solidifying the three points for the home team. Leo Stoltz added some cushion with a goal close to the front of the net in the eighty-fifth minute.

Head coach John Wolyniec had to be impressed by his side who continued to preach the mantra of high-pressing, high-tempo soccer that has filtered down from the the top brass. MLS loanees and academy students alike meshed well, once again showing the benefits of having all of the players at practice sharing the same ideals. New York will have an opportunity to establish their presence in the USL next week when they take on the Wilmington Hammerheads at Red Bull Arena. Only one more home game before they take to the road a Charleston Battery team that has shown to be one of the top teams in league during the first few weeks.

SCORING SUMMARY

NY – Anatole Abang (Assisted by Sean Davis) 8′

NY – Shawn McLaws (Assisted by Manolo Sanchez) 39′

TFC – Karl Ouimette (OG), 52′

NY – Maruis Obekop (PK), 75′

NY – Leo Stolz (Assisted by Derrick Etienne) 86′

DISCIPLINE SUMMARY

TFC – Jordan Hamilton, Caution, 22′

TFC – Marcos Nunes, Caution, 18′

NY – Conor Lade, Caution, 49′

NY – Shawn McLaws, Caution, 51′

LINEUPS

NY: Kyle Reynish ©, Shawn McLaws, Mike da Fonte (Andrew Jean-Baptiste, 79′) , Karl Ouimette, Colin Heffron (Dan Metzger, 43′) , Sean Davis, Leo Stolz, Conor Lade (Tyler Adams, 67′) , Manolo Sanchez (Derrick Etienne, 64′) , Anatole Abang, Marius Obekop (Victor Manosalvas, 89′)

TFC: Alex Bono, Wes Charpie (Marcus Godinho, 82′) , Daniel Fabrizi (Manuel Aparicio, 64′) , Adam Bouchard, Mark Serjeant (Raheem Edward, 45′) , Chris Mannella ©, Luca Uccello, Jay Chapman, Jordan Hamilton, Mo Babouli (Mark-Anthony Kaye, 82′) , Marcos Nunes (Massimo Mirabelli, 46′)

Attendance: 1028