‘Super Sub’ Castellanos Salvages a Win for NYRB II


USL Writer

HANOVER, NJ – It looked as if New York Red Bulls II and St. Louis FC were headed to a 1-1 draw but a stoppage time goal by Franklin Castellanos propelled the home side to a dramatic victory and 5th place in the USL standings.

A back and forth game in the extreme heat at New York Red Bulls’ training facility in Hanover, New Jersey was certainly a dramatic affair. A first half goal by Marius Obekop seemed to put New York in the driver’s seat but St. Louis’ second half push tied the game and pushed their opponents to the brink. The stellar goalkeeping of Santiago Castano, however, repelled the visitors long enough for Castellanos to play hero.

The first half was reminiscent of New York’s recent form with a slow start that picked up closer to the half. St. Louis wasn’t incredibly effective but they did clutter the midfield and, when combined with the heat, were able to keep the high press at bay.

St. Louis’ most dangerous attempt came in the 8th minute when Castano was caught out of goal but defender James Thomas was able to clear the ball off of the goal line. New York would pick up the pace and in the 40th minute, Marius Obekop scored the go-ahead goal after a deadly counter attack. James Thomas’ ball over the top found Obekop who beat an aggressive St. Louis keeper.

The second half saw St. Louis come out with a sense of urgency. They pressed New York and forced Castano into several tremendous saves. In many ways they were unlucky to find the equalizer earlier as New York’s goalkeeper was incredibly athletic in keeping the score level.

However, it wasn’t enough as Ciesiulka was able to find the back of the net after Henry Martin’s giveaway at the top of his own penalty area. Both teams fought back and forth for the remainder of the game until Castellanos, a late sub by NYRB II head coach John Wolyniec, found the back of the net for his second goal of the season.

Red Bull II’s latest signing Stefano Bonomo did make an appearance in the 63rd minute and had two solid chances on goal. He also showed a bit of impatience with the New York system when he was too hasty on what would have been a breakaway opportunity late in the game.

The win takes New York up to fifth in the standings. The next week will be a tough stretch of fixtures as they play three times in the next nine days with two of them on the road. Next up will be a Charlotte Independence side who are riding high off of their surprise victory over the previously undefeated Rochester Rhinos.

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  • Nice job by the kid from Dover, NJ

    Way to go FC

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