New York Red Bulls II will look to continue their success at home this season on Friday, when they take on Penn FC at Montclair State University Soccer Park.
Preview: Red Bulls get a visit from Metzger and Penn FC
While NYRB II’s road form has been lackluster the same can not be said about their home form as they hold the best record in the league (8-2-1). Not only have John Wolyniec’s men won games at home, they done it in a convincing way scoring 35 goals which is the best in the league. During their last three game home stint the baby bulls outscored their opposition 13-3. Outside of a poor game against Ottawa Fury, MSU Soccer Park has been a tough place for teams to go in and get a result.
Penn FC has been up and down for much of the season so far, but only sit three points out of the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference despite being in 13th place. They come into the game with a 1-2-2 record in their last 5 games. They do have some favorable results on the road with draws against Louisville City and Pittsburgh twice. On the year they have a record of 2-4-6 on the road and have been tough to break down, which could frustrate NYRB II.
Players to Watch
The man who grabbed the tying goal against the Tampa Bay Rowdies last weekend has been a big key for this team’s success this season. Although he did have a slow start, White has come into form and now sits second on the team in goals with 8.
Perhaps the most underrated part of White’s game is his ability to link up with his teammates as he sits second on the team in assists with 5. The front four of White, Jared Stroud, Amando Moreno and Andrew Tinari has caused teams a lot of problems this year and they’ve clicked especially well at home it seems.
The forward has 7 goals in 16 appearances for Penn FC this year which is the best on the team. With Penn FC being a good defensive unit, Mkosana presents a good outlet on the counter which NYRB II struggle against. 5 out of his 7 goals have come on the road this year including braces against both Tampa Bay and Louisville City. Although NYRB II have been better defensively at home, they will still need to maintain their focus against a Penn FC’s ability to counter.
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