New York Red Bulls II completed their home stand with three wins in three games after their win over Bethlehem Steel on Wednesday. The team featured some first team players and their defense held strong against a dangerous counter-attacking side. With the win the team moved in fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
Player Ratings: Hassan Ndam and Amando Moreno lead the way in win over Steel
Player Rating out of 10:
GK: Ryan Meara, 6/10: Wasn’t tested for much of the night. The only two shots he faced that were on goal came in the first half. Distributed well and kept good communication with the backline to snuff out chances.
DF: Ethan Kutler, 6/10: Didn’t have the best first half. He struggled to deal with Santi Moar and Bethlehem’s speed. Improved in the second half. His distribution was better and he made some nice tackles to prevent chances.
DF: Niko de Vera, 6/10: Like Kutler he had a tough task. He had to defend against countless attacks down the left side. Had some trouble in the first half with the size of Michee Ngalina, but was able to nullify him and Chris Nanco in the second half.
DF: Hassan Ndam, 9/10: Man of the Match. Outside of a mistake that led to the first goal, the captain was stout defensively. He won most of the aerial duels and made several big tackles in the second half to prevent chances. Ndam continues to show he’s one of the leaders of this team and his development hasn’t gone unnoticed.
DF: Fidel Escobar, 7/10: It had been a while since Escobar had seen playing time for a Red Bull side. He made the most of his chance. His positioning was questionable at times, but Panamanian worked well alongside Ndam. The pair prevented Bethlehem from getting any clear chances for most of the game.
MF: Cristian Cásseres Jr., 7/10: Played a lot more under control compared to his previous outing and helped control the midfield. His link up play between his teammates was very good and it’s nice to see him getting into more advanced positions in the final third. Cásseres continues to be a big part of why NYRB II wins games.
MF: Chris Lema, 6/10: Linked well with Stroud and Kutler on the right side for much of the first half. Continues to distribute well from deeper positions and found himself setting up Amando Moreno for the game winner as well.
MF: Andrew Tinari, 7/10: Continues to create chances for his teammates and along with Lema and Cásseres helped control the midfield. At times you wonder if Tinari has an off switch because his work rate is outstanding. Even when he isn’t having his best game his ability to press and counter press is a big key for this team.
FW: Derrick Etienne, 7/10: Was a constant threat down the left hand side in the first half and took his goal well. Subbed off after 62 minutes but it was nice to see him get a run out to keep him sharp.
FW: Jared Stroud, 6/10: Had some good interchanges with his teammates in the first half and created some good opportunities for them as well. Would like to see him be more aggressive at times and look to shoot instead of pass. Subbed off in the 76th minute, probably to rest up for FC Cincinnati on Saturday.
FW: Brian White, 7/10: Didn’t score or play goalie in this one, but did a lot of the dirty work to help create chances. His hold up play was a big key throughout the game and he set up Etienne for the opening goal with a perfectly weighted through ball.
FW: Amando Moreno, 8/10: He just can’t stop scoring and notched his third goal in his last three games. Looked dangerous from the moment he came on for Etienne and caused Bethlehem’s backline constant fits. Took his goal well with a right footed strike and could have bagged a couple more as well.
FW: Tom Barlow, N/A: Combined well with Moreno and Tinari after coming on for Stroud. Nearly found himself on the score sheet and he gives NYRB II a different look from White up top.
DF: Jordan Scarlett, N/A: Came on for White to kill off the game late on.
Photo by Bill Twomey Photography