New York Red Bull II Held to Scoreless Draw in Debut Game

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by ANTHONY J. MERCED
Staff Writer

New York Red Bull II and the Rochester Rhinos played to a scoreless draw in front of 547 fans at Red Bull Arena Saturday afternoon in a game that showed potential for the new USL side.

NYRB II had a tough time adjusting due to it being their first competitive game and the fact that Rochester was extremely stingy defensively. The 31st minute saw New York’s best chance at scoring when they were awarded a penalty kick. MLS Draft stand-out Leo Stoltz stepped up but had the opportunity parried away by goalkeeper Brandon Miller.

The second half saw a much better showing from New York, with the team holding the lion’s share of possession. Still, they weren’t able to get the breakthrough needed to land all three points.

Rochester was true to their 2014 form, playing a tight formation, willingly absorbing pressure from New York and then countering at key opportunities. They also took advantage of New York’s unfamiliarity with their own teammates whenever possible. Santiago Castano was caught out of goal on a few occasions, particularly in the 20th minute, where he gave away a free kick to Rochester’s Volesky. New York were solid defensively and never suffered from any of their lapses. Castano was also instrumental in keeping the first half from being disastrous as Rochester had several opportunities to take the lead.

After the first forty five minutes things changed and New York was clicking. The second half saw them dominate Rochester and create several scoring opportunities. While nothing came of their chances, the ball movement of Marius Obekop was exceptional and his crosses were dangerous in the final third. Leo Stoltz also had a very strong game despite being unable to convert the penalty chance in the first half. He learned very quickly how his teammates wanted passes to be delivered and had a big part in creating a few second half opportunities.

Other notable standouts were Colin Heffron who started at left back, adding versatility to the offense in the first half and later solidifying the defense by moving to center back after Konrad Plewa left with an injury, and Derrick Etienne. The 18-year-old academy stand-out was subbed in midway through the second half and provided explosive speed to the offense. His game experience will only help his development as he also plays for the U20 Jamaican national team.

New York Red Bull II will be back at Red Bull Arena on April 4th when they take on Toronto FC II in a battle of MLS USL affiliate teams.

  • Austin tx

    Red bull 2 needs to play in a small stadium in New Jersey not New York, after they move from red bull arena.
    I was also thinking, wouldn’t it be fun cosmos B-team joins USL but big cosmos stay in NASL. Imagine that :)