New York Red Bulls II were able to snatch a draw against LA Galaxy II on Sunday.
Manager John Wolyniec made two chances to the side that defeated Tampa Bay Rowdies last weekend. Evan Louro started in goal, while the back four had one change to it as Jordan Scarlett replaced Hassan Ndam. Niko de Vera, Fidel Escobar and Ethan Kutler all retained their spots. Cristian Cásseres and Andrew Tinari started in the holding midfield positions once again as well. Jose Aguinaga started in the “10” role once again fresh off his goal of the week. There was one change as Brian White flanked Aguinaga to his right while Carlos Rivas retained his spot on the left. Stefano Bonomo was the lone striker.
Neither team had many great chances in the first 30 minutes, but NYRB II were struggling to connect their passes together, while LA Galaxy II were able to carve out some decent chances.
LA Galaxy II’s pressure eventually paid off and they opened the scoring. After some nice work from Ethan Zubak the striker was able to find Ulysses Llanez whose shot found the top corner to give LA II the lead.
Things didn’t get better for NYRB II as they were forced to make a change right after the goal as Amando Moreno came on for Rivas who went off injured.
Moments later it looked as if Wolyniec’s men had equalized when Tinari’s free kick was headed in by Escobar, but the linesman ruled him incorrectly offside.
NYRB II seemed to come out more energized after the break and Bonomo forced LA Galaxy II keeper, Justin Vom Steeg into a nice save.
NYRB II continued to try and find a way through LA Galaxy II’s defense but were unable to break them down.
Kutler almost brought NYRB II level in the 66th minute, but his free kick was denied but a great save from Vom Steeg.
The biggest moment in the match came three minutes later. After some nice work from Zubak the striker squared it for Ariel Lassiter who had an open net but his shot was brilliantly blocked behind by Escobar.
LA Galaxy II almost doubled their the advantage again in the 75th minute, but Louro made a great save to deny Zubak’s half volley.
NYRB II would make LA Galaxy II pay for their missed chances when they equalized three minutes later. Bonomo’s flicked on header found Moreno, who raced through on goal and beat Vom Steeg to even the score at 1.
Both teams pressed hard for the winning goal, but neither could break the deadlock and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
NYRB II will look to try and earn their first road win when they travel to take on Toronto FC II. The game will be on Saturday, April 28, at 6:30 pm.