New York Red Bulls II suffered their first home loss of the season as they were defeated 2-1 by FC Cincinnati on Saturday.
With several first players away on international duty, some players from NYRB II were called up to the first team which led to manager John Wolyniec rotating his squad. Scott Levene made his professional debut and started in goal. Lucas Stauffer played at right back while Niko de Vera started on the left. Kevin Politz once again started at center back and was partnered by Wahab Ackwei who also made his professional debut. The holding midfield remained the same as Chris Lema and Cristian Cásseres started once again. In the attacking midfield there was one changed as Amando Moreno replaced Carlos Rivas. Jared Stroud started on the right while Andrew Tinari played in behind the striker. Brian White remained the lone striker for the team.
NYRB II started positively and were ahead seven minutes into the game. A bad turnover from FC Cincinnati aloud White to play in Stroud whose cross found Moreno and the forward place it into the corner to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.
Celebration was ok but we love that build up to the goal ;) pic.twitter.com/wfb5lMp9V0— New York Red Bulls II (@NYRBII) June 2, 2018
Moreno nearly had a second in the 18th minute when Stroud’s cross found his head, but he headed over the bar from close range.
Wolyniec’s men continued to control the game and two chances to double their advantage. Tinari had a great chance after White picked up the ball off a turnover and squared it to the midfielder but he could only put his shot wide.
Stauffer then showed off some great skill near the byline and his low cross found de Vera but his shot went well over the bar.
FC Cincinnati started to gather some momentum before halftime as Emmanuel Ledesma tested Levene with a curling effort, but the NYRB II keeper was equal to it.
NYRB II would continue to push hard for another goal early in the second half and both Lema and Moreno were denied by some good defending.
The baby bulls had a golden opportunity to take the lead a minute later. Lema’s corner came out to Stauffer whose shot was adjudge to have been blocked by FC Cincinnati defender Patrick Bennett’s hand and NYRB II were awarded a penalty.
White stepped up to take the penalty and skied it over the bar to keep the score at 1-0.
It proved to be a turning point and FC Cincinnati were level just two minutes later. NYRB II failed to clear a corner and the ball came to Ledesma and the forward’s curling effort dipped into the far corner beyond Levene to even the score.
The game turned in the favor of FC Cincinnati and the visitors were able to gain the lead in the 78th minute. NYRB II’s defense was unable to fully clear a cross and Danni Konig was able to pounce on the mistake and send the ball past Levene.
Wolyniec’s men tried to push for an equalizer but were unable to find one and dropped their first home game of the year.
Wolyniec thought the team played well and thinks they need to stay a little more focused in these types of games.
The conditions are a little difficult, we’re playing against a really good team that’s in a good way. We had a little bit of a mixed lineup, but I think in general we played really well. Especially in the first half, then we let some plays slip and a good team with good players make plays and then you find yourself behind in a game that you had a control of. It’s a lesson learned, but there’s a lot of good to take out of it and now it’s can we stay a little bit more focused and savvy and take care of some more plays that we didn’t.
The NYRB II manager was also impressed with Politz and Ackwei despite the loss.
I thought they were good. I have to give credit to Wahab, he played really well it’s not easy to go out there and have your first start in those kind of conditions. Credit to Kevin to play with someone he hasn’t played with yet. We’ve had a lot of different pairings at center back, we usually handle it pretty well, today we did for the most part. In a lot of ways those guys were really good and weren’t fully involved in the goals we gave up. We didn’t give away much so have to credit to both those guys.
NYRB II will look to get back on track at home when they play their first game at the newly renovated Montclair State University Soccer Park. They will play Charlotte Independence and the game will take place on Saturday, June, 9 at 7:00 pm.