NYRB II Surrenders Late Lead in Manhattan Debut


USL Beat Writer

New York Red Bull II nearly pulled of the storybook Manhattan debut but a late penalty kick conversion by Charleston Battery’s Justin Portillo forced a split of the points.

A crowd of over 400 fans came out to Robert B. Commisso Soccer Stadium on the northern tip of Manhattan and were treated to quite an entertaining game. New York took the lead early through MLS striker Anatole Abang’s third USL goal of the season. That lead would last until the 90th minute after some heavy back and forth action.

The first half was a perfect example of New York’s high pressure offense. Obekop and Abang were menacing against the Charleston backline while Jean-Baptiste and Da Fonte kept the opposition’s chances to a minimum. Abang’s goal in the 5th minute set the Battery on the back foot early and the team pressed for a second but were unable to find the breakthrough.

The second half saw fatigue and physicality take hold as Charleston imposed their pace on the game. A series of chippy fouls opened the door for several opportunities, most of which were parried by goalkeeper Santiago Castano. A particularly dangerous chance in the 84th minute saw Dane Kelly come close to equalizing when a shot deflected off of Castano and a defender before being cleared off of the line.

A late scuffle in the box led to a penalty kick being award to Charleston who had worked very patiently for the opportunity. Portillo took no chances, deceived Castano and slotted the ball in the opposite corner for a share of the game’s points.

“We’ve got some young guys that are being stretched as far as the level of play,” said Red Bulls II head coach John Wolyniec when speaking about the team’s recent habit of surrendering late goals. “Fatigue has certainly been an issue as it was a hot day to day but they (Charleston Battery) had to deal with that too.”

Next up is the team’s first game in the 2nd round of the US Open Cup against the Jersey Express. That game will take place near Red Bull Arena at NJIT Soccer Stadium in Newark.

Scoring Summary

  • NY – Anatole Abang (3) (Marius Obekop) 6’
  • CHS – Justin Portillo (PK), 90+1

Discipline Summary

  • CHS – Dane Kelly, 41’
  • CHS – O’Brian Woodbine, 45’
  • CHS – Navion Boyd, 45+1’
  • CHS – Jarad van Schaik, 74’
  • NY – Tyler Adams, 90+1


NY – Santiago Castano, Shawn McLaws, Andrew Jean-Baptiste, Michael Da Fonte, James Thomas, Dan Metzger, Sean Davis (Tyler Adams, 46’), Marius Obekop (Derrick Etienne, 69’) , Manolo Sanchez (Konrad Plewa), Dan Bedoya (Alex Clay, 74’) , Anatole Abang (Chris Tsonis, 67’)

CHS – Kevin Corby, Emmanuel Adjetey, Shawn Ferguson, AJ Cochrane, O’Brian Woodbine, Maikel Chang, Jared van Schaik, Navion Boyd (Zach Prince, 68’), Haviel Cordoves (Ricky Garbanzo, 64’), Justin Portillo, Dane Kelly (Taylor Mueller, 90+1)

  • Cosmos

    And red bull keep expanding their marketing in New York, will there ever be an ending to this.
    Do they even give free red bull at games?
    All I gotta say, if coca cola or Pepsi have a soccer team in some part of the world, they would probably have crazy uniform designs.
    Probably like a nascar thing, as a matter of fact, red bull New York have nascar or formula look alike uniforms.

    • slowleftarm

      There’s Red Bull available at games but it sure ain’t free!