New York Red Bulls II vs Louisville City FC Preview

New York Red Bulls II will look to continue their good run of form on Friday, when they take on rivals Louisville City FC at Montclair State University Soccer Park.

New York Red Bulls II vs Louisville City FC Preview

NYRB II continues to play well at home with a record of 9-2-1 and could equal their win total from last year with a win on Friday. Their rivalry against Louisville City is well documented. Earlier this year, John Wolyniec’s team had a chance to defeat them at Louisville Slugger Field, but conceded a late goal and only earned a point. NYRB II had a strong second half showing in that game with Tom Barlow making a big impact drawing a penalty and scoring a goal.

Louisville City FC has started to find their footing after James O’Connor’s departure from the club as they’ve won two of their last three matches. Former Philadelphia Union head coach John Hackworth has taken over but the team remains one of the best in the Eastern Conference. They have a record with of 4-3-3 on the road this year with two of those wins coming against FC Cincinnati and have lost to Nashville SC, Indy Eleven, and Charleston Battery. Even with a different coach don’t expect the rivalry with NYRB II to change.

Players to Watch:

Jared Stroud

The player of the month nominee for July continued his good form with an assist against Penn FC last week. He’s NYRB II’s leader in assists on the year with 7 and has become a constant threat for teams to deal with.

Stroud’s ability to score goals has been on display the past few games as well with a hat trick against the Richmond Kickers and a goal of the week nominee against the Tampa Bay Rowdies. He’s proven his left foot is a threat and he’s not bad with his right either.

Ilija Ilić

The man who leads the line for Louisville City FC and has two goals in his last three games for the team. Ilić is a well-rounded player who has proven his ability to score and can distribute to the wingers for Louisville City as well. He has been the key to their recent run of form and given how NYRB II haven’t been great defensively this year he could have a big impact on this game.

Photo by Bill Twomey Photography

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