The New York Red Bulls II battled back to draw the Tampa Bay Rowdies on the road.
The Rowdies wasted momentum after a first half red card, allowing the Red Bulls to climb back into the match. Brian White scored his 8th of the season to give the Red Bulls a 2-2 draw.
Red Bulls II battle back to draw Rowdies 2-2
The Red Bulls wasted no time making their mark. In the 2nd minute, midfielder Jared Stroud pounced on a loose ball on the left side of the box. He cut the ball back to his right foot and fired a curling effort into the net to give the Red Bulls the lead.
The Rowdies stormed back into the match, scoring twice in the first ten minutes from a familiar face.
Stefano Bonomo and Junior Flemmings made their former team pay. Bonomo scored a brace with goals in the 8th and 9th minutes and Flemmings had a hand in both goals. First, he fired home a penalty kick after Hassan Ndam took Junior Flemmings down in the box. Then, he connected with a cross from Flemmings to give the Rowdies the lead.
The quick strikes left the Red Bulls reeling, but they picked up the pieces and controlled much of the first half but could not find an equalizer.
The Red Bulls got some help from the Rowdies as Flemmings received a red card deep in first half stoppage time. In the 45+9th minute, Flemmings retaliated for a foul from Cristián Casseres Jr.
Flemmings threw his arm behind him, striking Casseres. Moments earlier, Casseres put a tough challenge in against Flemmings, knocking the winger over with a shoulder charge. Play continued. Flemmings, aggrieved from the earlier challenge, attempted to respond.
The Red Bulls battled on in the second half thanks to the man advantage. Their persistence earned a reward in the 62nd minute. Chris Lema sent a cross in to Brian White, and the striker’s glancing header was enough to beat Rowdies goalkeeper Cody Mizell. The score now even, set up a furious finish to the match.
Man of the match
Brian White’s equalizer paid dividends on hard work all game long. When the Red Bulls needed to hold possession more, White provided the outlet they needed to take advantage of the short handed Rowdies.
Photo by Bill Twomey Photography