New York Red Bulls II continued their home success with another win against Penn FC on Friday. A great first half saw them score twice and create a good amount of chances, while the defense was able to see out the win despite Penn FC controlling the second half. With the win they moved into a tie with Louisville City for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
New York Red Bulls II Player Ratings: Politz, Stroud, Louro shine in win
Player Rating out of 10:
GK: Evan Louro, 8/10: Back to back solid games for Louro as he made some great saves in the second half to keep the game in favor of NYRB II. Nothing he could do on the goal after his initial save on Osae fell to Mkosana. He continues to come up big for his team when they need him to.
DF: Ethan Kutler, 6/10: Worked hard and combined well with Aguinaga in the first half. Partially at fault for not picking up Osae which lead Penn FC’s goal. Subbed off after 61 minutes for Allen Yanes.
DF: Niko de Vera, 6/10: Defended well for most of the game and had a team high 5 interceptions. Distribution was average, if he can improve on it going forward it would be a big step for him.
DF: Hassan Ndam, 7/10: Continues to be dominant in the air as he won 6 out of his 7 aerial duels and also had 7 clearances as well. He did wander out of position a few times, and was at fault for Penn FC’s goal.
DF: Kevin Politz, 9/10: Man of the Match. A huge step for him tonight in his development and probably his best game for NYRB II. Won 12 of his 16 duels, had 7 clearances, and completed 76% of his passes. He looked to play the ball forward often and his composure was noticeable. Not to mention he chipped in with some big tackles to help stave off Penn FC’s comeback. Taken off for precautionary reasons late.
MF: Steven Echevarria, 7/10: A solid game from the midfielder who replaced Cristian Casseres. He may not stand out but Echevarria does all the little things right. He completed 80% of his passes, worked hard and chipped in 3 tackles and interceptions, and proved he’s reliable when called upon.
MF: Chris Lema, 6/10: While his distribution wasn’t at its best tonight, he still worked hard in the midfield. He continues to create chances with three more in this game, which included a great ball over the top to find Aguinaga for a good opportunity.
MF: Andrew Tinari, 7/10: Like Lema his distribution wasn’t at it’s best but his work ethic is undeniable. Took his goal well to open the scoring and quietly could find himself in double digits by the end of the year.
MF: Jose Aguinaga, 6/10: Made his first start on the outside for the team and did a decent job. Played a nice cross in for Barlow’s goal and won 9 of his 14 duels as well. Subbed off after 70 minutes for Ben Mines.
MF: Jared Stroud, 8/10: Showed why he’s up for Player of the Month for July with another great outing. Showed great skill and vision to set up Tinari for the opener and remained a constant threat all night. Completed 80% of his passes and chipped in on the defensive side of the ball as well to help see out the win.
FW: Tom Barlow, 7/10: Another good outing from Barlow and he took his goal well early on. His hold up play continues to improve and he was able to do a lot of the dirty work when the game changed in the second half.
DF: Allen Yanes, 6/10: Made his second appearance for the club in as many games and had a longer cameo in this one. Positioning was good and he combine well with Mines on the right hand side. Looks like he’s still acclimating himself to the team, but he does show promise.
MF: Ben Mines, N/A: Looked energetic when he came on and was able to provide anothe outlet for NYRB II on the break. Worked hard defensively and was unlucky to not get on the score sheet late in the game. Good to see him back healthy again.
DF: Wahab Ackwei, N/A: Came on late in the game for Politz and helped see out the win.
Photo by Bill Twomey Photography