The New York Red Bulls continued the IMG Suncoast Pro Classic (terrible name by the way), by taking on the Oklahoma City Energy of the USL. Coach Jesse Marsch ran out more of a reserve side as compared to the first match of the preseason tournament.
#RBNY Starting XI vs. @EnergyFC: Reynish; Lade, Ouimette, Hurtado, Wallace; Davis, Stolz; Richards, Luyindula, Sanchez; Wright-Phillips— New York Red Bulls (@NewYorkRedBulls) February 21, 2015
The game started off with a bang as the Red Bulls notched the games only goal in the 10th minute. Bradley Wright-Phillips led a wide open Monolo Sanchez with a perfect cross. All Sanchez had to do was direct the ball on goal, and he did so. After that though, the game was fairly boring. The Red Bulls had more chances than the Energy but neither side could do anything.
Who stood out
Manolo Sanchez - The winger did well knowing where to be during to make a run on goal and be on the end of Wright-Phillips' pass.
Bradley Wright-Phillips - The guy who scored 27 goals in MLS last year had an assist on the game's only goal. It's a dimension we didn't really see out of him last year, and promising for 2015.
Sean Davis - The academy product was responsible for taking corner kicks and he didn't disappoint. While his kicks did not produce any goals, they were good service, and a sign of making up for Thierry Henry's retirement.
Leo Stolz - The 1st round draft pick came off the field around 30 minutes into the game with an apparent injury.
RE: Stolz... He had both shins iced at halftime. #RBNY— Jeff Crandall (@jefecrandall) February 21, 2015
Jimmy Nielsen - The former Sporting Kansas City keeper, now the manager of the OKC Energy, was sent off in the last ten minutes. He had been on the refs all day, and said just the right thing to get the ref's attention.