New York Red Bulls II vs Ottawa Fury FC Preview

New York Red Bulls II will look to earn a crucial three points on Friday, when they take on Ottawa Fury FC at Montclair University Soccer Park.

New York Red Bulls II vs Ottawa Fury FC Preview

NYRB II have struggled in the month of August and have only recorded one win in the four games they’ve played. As a result they have dropped down to eighth position in the Eastern Conference and only sit two points above Ottawa for the final playoff spot.

While the offensive output has been there (10 goals in the last three games) the defense has been sub par as they have conceded 12 goals in the last three games.  With only three home games remaining and the fact NYRB II haven’t won a road game this season yet makes wining these matches is crucial.

Despite the fact they haven’t won at home in their last two matches, NYRB II still have the second best home record in the Eastern Conference and have scored the most goals by a large margin. They can also build off their come from behind draw against Charleston after being down 3-0 at halftime.

Much like NYRB II, Ottawa hasn’t been playing well as of late either. They have only managed to take one point from their last three games and four points in their last 5 games. Ottawa has not scored a lot of goals this year (24 in 27 games), but they are a stingy team to break down and are grinding out a lot of their results.

They only have 9 goals on the road this year, but three of them came at MSU Soccer Park the last time these two teams met, which was a 3-0 Ottawa victory. Ottawa has played five games against NYRB II in the past two years and have yet to lose to the Baby Bulls (2-0-3 record).

Players to Watch:

Jared Stroud

He continues to play a big part in the chances created for NYRB II and helped inspire the big comeback against Charleston. His cross that set up Aguinaga’s goal was perfect and he now sits tied at the top of league with 10 assists on the year.

The former Colgate man might have Amando Moreno back in the starting eleven with him this game. It’s been evident how much chemistry they have when the two of them play together so that could be something to keep an eye on as well.

Kevin Oliveira 

The midfielder has been one of the bright spots for his team despite the lack of goals they have scored this year. He is tied for the team lead with four goals scored and has been one of the most creative players in the team as well. He leads the team in chances created with 24 and is someone that NYRB II’s backline and midfielder will have to keep an eye on in this game.

Photo by Bill Twomey Photography

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