Two Penalties Carry NYRB II to Victory Over Cincinnati

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by ANTHONY J. MERCED

HARRISON, N.J. – For the third straight home match, Virtual Assisted Referee technology pushed Red Bulls II towards victory.

Two penalty kick conversions by Brandon Allen and Derrick Etienne Jr. were enough to beat a 10-man FC Cincinnati team at Red Bull Arena on Sunday night.

“We weren’t quite clean as we can be,” said John Wolyniec when talking about his team’s finishing up a man for most of the game. “Any time the game changes abruptly the game’s going to be really compact and Cincinnati is a very good team.”

The game, which followed the MLS Red Bulls’ 1-0 win over the New England Revolution, was again an example of how VAR can influence a game. A mere ten minutes into the game, Cincy goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt was called into action. He initially made the save on Derrick Etienne Jr.’s attempt at goal but took down the Red Bull II player near the line to prompt a video review. Upon inspection, the referee showed Hildebrandt a red card and awarded NYRB II the penalty kick opportunity. Brandon Allen converted it for his 11th goal of the season.

From there, FC Cincinnati bunkered in with a 5-3-1 formation. New York had fantastic possession stats and peppered Cincinnati for the remainder of the game. Despite the attempts, New York wouldn’t find a brace until stoppage time when a foul in the box put Derrick Etienne Jr. at the penalty spot. He converted for his third goal of 2016.

The win gives New York a comfortable six point lead at the top of the Eastern Conference and drops FC Cincinnati to fourth. Next Sunday, New York will travel to Lehigh Valley to play Bethlehem Steel FC and attempt to extend their winning streak to five straight games.

STARTING XI:

New York Red Bull II: Meara; Bilyeu (’45 O’Toole), Long, Schmoll, Najem (’72 Powder); Williams, Adams, Etienne Jr.; Valot, Flemmings (’66 Bonomo), Allen (’79 Bezecourt)

FC Cincinnati: Hildebrandt; Luke, Berry, Nicholson, Polak; Bone, Walker (’86 Tomaselli), Stevenson (’14 Jaye); McLaughlin (’57 McMahon), Okoli, Wiedeman

GOALS:

’14 (NYRB II) Brandon Allen (12) penalty kick

DISCIPLINE:

’10 (FC Cincinnati) RED CARD Mitch Hildebrandt
’75 (NYRB II) YELLOW CARD Aaron Long
’90 (NYRB II) RED CARD Noah Powder