New York Red Bulls II moved up into a tie for fifth place with their 5-1 win over Richmond Kickers. Their attack was dangerous once again and their defense didn’t have much to deal with, although they did concede a late goal. They continue to make Montclair State University Soccer Park a fortress and have scored 15 goals in four games and taken 9 out of 12 points.
Player Rating out of 10:
GK: Evan Louro, 3/10- Might have been his worst game in a year. He did make an important save on Raul Gonzalez in the first half, but picked up a silly yellow card for dissent and then was shown a second yellow and sent off for colliding with Brian Shriver. He will miss Wednesday’s game against Bethlehem Steel because of it.
DF: Lucas Stauffer, 7/10- Fortunate to not give away a penalty in the second half, but otherwise a solid game from him as he replaced Ethan Kutler in the starting eleven. Created three chances and also made some timely interceptions and clearances which took the pressure off the defense.
DF: Niko de Vera, 6/10- Distribution could still use some work, but he’s had back to back solid showings. His positioning was good and he makes it tough to beat him with the ball despite what he lacks in size. He and Amando Moreno compliment each other well when they play on the same side.
DF: Hassan Ndam, 6/10. Was caught out of position on the lone goal by Shriver, but outside of that he continues to be NYRB II’s most reliable defender. Came up big late in preventing any clear chances for Richmond when his team was down to 10 men.
DF: Jordan Scarlett, 7/10. He has looked much better over the last two weeks than at any point this season and he could be starting to rediscover the form he had last year. Scarlett had a whopping 8 clearances in the game, three tackles and two interceptions to go along with it.
MF: Chris Lema, 6/10. Not his best game distribution wise as he only completed 66.7% of his passes and missed a couple of really good chances. His only shot on target did result in a goal as Stroud knocked home the rebound. Lema also showed his defensive qualities this game chipping in with three tackles. Subbed off after 71 minutes.
MF: Cristian Cásseres Jr., 5/10. He was clearly frustrated for most of the night. Did do some nice things defensively and nearly grabbed a goal with a shot off the post. His distribution was unusually poor and he picked up a yellow card off a frustration foul early in the second half. Probably best that Wolyniec subbed him off and gave him some rest for Wednesday.
MF: Andrew Tinari, 9/10. Completed a team high 84% of his passes and created 7 chances as well. Grabbed an assist with a great cross to Brian White at the near post and dictated the midfield for most of the night. When he’s on his game there’s usually a lot of goals to follow.
FW: Brian White, 10/10. A goal, an assist and a save, the trifecta. He combined well with his teammates for most of the night and grabbed his seventh goal of the season with a well timed near post run. Was called upon to fill in for Louro after the latter was sent off and made a great save to deflect Shriver’s free kick onto the bar. Watch out Luis Robles he’s coming for you.
FW: Jared Stroud, 10/10. Man of the Match. Scored a perfect hat trick, completed 73% of passes and created 5 chances. He grabbed his first goal in the most unusual way after Travis Worra clearance went off his face and in. Took his second well with a first time shot with his left after a cross from Moreno and buried his third with his weak foot off a rebound from Lema’s shot. Everyone knew how well he could create but now that he’s found the back of the net, the goals may start coming in bunches.
FW: Amando Moreno, 9/10. He’s been in scintillating form and added another goal tonight and now has 8 on the season. Also set up Stroud with a great cross for his second goal. Richmond’s defense had no answer for his skill and speed and he constantly caused problems. Would like to see him play an early pass more often on the break. However, if he keeps up this form a first team call-up could be imminent.
MF: Jose Aguinaga, 6/10. Filled in well for Tinari after he was brought. Distributed well to his teammates and had some key clearances that helped NYRB II see out the game.
MF: Steven Echeverria, 6/10. Was brought on for Cásseres and like Aguinaga, he distributed well and helped defend the lead.
FW: Tom Barlow, N/A. Worked hard up top to try and create something, had a couple decent chances but wasn’t able to get a shot away.
Photo by Bill Twomey Photography