The New York Red Bulls U-23s extended their winning start to the 2017 PDL season with a 2-0 victory over Jersey Express at the RBNY Training Facility on May 24.
.@NewYorkRedBulls Sporting Director Denis Hamlett out watching the U-23's this evening.#PDL | #Path2Pro | #REDTogether pic.twitter.com/N1KIUkFoWr— Red Bulls Academy (@RedBullsAcademy) May 25, 2017
The roster's newest recruit, Malcolm Dixon, made the bench for the game.
Each team's XI for tonight's match.#PDL | #Path2Pro pic.twitter.com/47jTF3C4mh— Red Bulls Academy (@RedBullsAcademy) May 24, 2017
Watched by RBNY Sporting Director, Denis Hamlett, the U-23s took the lead in the first half through Brian White.
31' - Goal #RBNYU23!— Red Bulls Academy (@RedBullsAcademy) May 25, 2017
Brian White opens the scoring, assisted by Kyle Zajec.
1-0 #RBNYU23 - @JerseyExpress1 pic.twitter.com/kRoDJpiUr9
It was White's second goal in as many games for the team this season.
RBNY's second arrived early in the second half.
53' - Own goal @JerseyExpress1 off a #RBNYU23 free-kick.#RBNYU23 2, @JerseyExpress1 0— Red Bulls Academy (@RedBullsAcademy) May 25, 2017
The U-23s held out for the 2-0 win. The official box score credits RBNY 'keeper Benjamin Lundgaard with five saves, suggesting there was some work to be done to secure three points. Despite 14 shots from the Red Bulls, Jersey Express 'keeper Daniel Vitiello recorded only one save, per the game's statistics.
Still, a clean sheet, another win, and an active - if not exceptionally accurate - game in the final third should leave RBNY's U-23s satisfied with their work.
Next up, the U-23s play Ocean City Nor'easters: the only other unbeaten team in the Mid Atlantic Division of PDL's Eastern Conference. It will be RBNY's third consecutive home game of the new PDL season. Kick-off is at 7:00 pm on Saturday, May 27, at the Red Bull Training Facility. Admission is free.