On a overcast Father’s Day afternoon at the MSU Soccer Park at Montclair State University, the Red Bulls II side were looking to continue a new winning streak, as they were waiting for Louisville City to come over after their US Open Cup loss in Extra Time.
Even though the Purple and Gold side of Louisville City fell to their old rivals in FC Cincinnati, who are currently in their first season of MLS, pushed them for 120 minutes, the defending back to back USL Cup Champions knew they had another rival to face in Red Bulls ||.
The lone goal of the match came at the 83rd minute as Matthias Jorgensen converted on a turnover at midfield. Louisville City had possession of the ball, and tried to pass it back to the defenders.
Ben mines who came on as a substitute took advantage of the mental gaffe, as he got a foot on the ball for the pass, then it deflects toward Jorgenen who makes a run with a defender on him, slots the ball inside the back post for the score.
That was all the Red Bulls needed in this wonderfully played match, between these two sides, who have a nice rivalry going on with each other as well. The chances were plentiful and the action was brilliant that looked like a scoreless draw.
“I mean, at the end of the day, you know, there’s a lot of things that we care about a lot of things that we do in games that we’re trying to get better at and implement and improve and develop.” said John Wolyniec “But one of the most important things is to develop winners. And, you know, when a game stays 0-0 for so long, you know, it’s just you know it’s coming down to that one moment.
“And, you know, sometimes that’s what young players need work on and, you know, a lot of times it’s that’s fueled by experience. And, you know, we’re trying to jam as much experience as possible into all these moments and there’s nothing like a tight 0-0 hard fought to physical/competitive game to heighten that relevant in those moments so credit to our guys were that’s often rather visual the older more experienced team finds away. And, you know, our guys found ways to take it”
This match was truly a battle between both sides, and both Keepers showed their abilities to go out and put on a display that makes you believe, this rivalry has plenty of juice for the USL Championship League.
Evan Louro for Red Bull II & Chris Hubbard for Louisville City put on a clinic for goalkeepers, as both men made some spectacular saves, to keep their sides alive in this match up. Hubbard made nine saves out of ten shots on frame, while Louro made all six saves.
“Um, yeah, I mean, you know, I think they did really well. Yeah, we had a lot of chances. And we missed a couple. But, you know, we have all the faith in the guys out there that, you know, we’re going to get a lot more chances and they’re eventually going to finish them but I think the guys in the back you know, did really well to kind of give those guys confidence that, you know, to know that it’s coming and we’ll hold them hold them back until they can, you know, lock the goal.” said Evan Louro
But the most important thing in this match up for Chris Armas and the MLS Red Bulls, is to see Vincent Bezecourt finally get some minutes in a rehab shift for the USL Championship side. He wore the Captain’s armband as he loves playing against this Kentucky side.
“It feels great to be back on the pitch and being with the USL. It’s always fun. So, thanks to the USL for having me. I’m really glad to be back healthy and ready to go again.” said Bezecourt “It was pretty hot today. Fitness wise I’m not there yet, but I thought I was pretty keen on the ball and I try to turn and make some plays didn’t come off, but I’m pretty happy with my performance.”
for John Wolyniec’s side, they will now take a three match road trip into the Eastern Conference as they visit Pittsburgh this coming weekend, a midweek visit to Nashville, then finishing it off the next weekend at Charleston. But the kids are alright and the Red Bulls II side made their Dad’s proud on Father’s Day.