NYRBII look to climb the table at Indy

New York Red Bulls II will look to grab their first road win of the season on Wednesday when they take on Indy Eleven.

NYRBII look to climb the table at Indy

NYRBII ended their month of August with a 1-0 win at home against Ottawa Fury FC last Friday, which was their first shutout since back in May. The team is also riding a three match unbeaten streak coming into the game.

Despite their great record at home this season, NYRBII are the only team in the Easter Conference without a road win on the year. They have a record of 0-4-8 and while the 8 draws have been points picked up, they should at least have a couple of wins.

For NYRBII both Brian White and Andreas Ivan will reportedly be traveling with the team to Indianapolis, most likely to see some game time while the first team has a week off before their next game.

Indy Eleven come into this game riding an 8 match unbeaten streak and currently sit two points above NYRBII in the standings in sixth place. They have been an average team at home this year with a 6-4-4 record, but have only lost one home game since the end of May.

In their last 8 games they have managed to grab some impressive results with wins over Bethlehem Steel FC and North Carolina FC and draws against both Louisville City FC and Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC.

The only other time these two teams met was back at the end of May at Red Bull Arena where NYRBII won 4-1. Indy Eleven did take the lead in the first half, but a strong second half by John Wolyniec’s men saw them put up four consecutive goals to win the match.

Players to Watch

Jared Stroud. The man who scored the eventual game winner in the first half against Ottawa on Friday, Stroud continues to have impressive performances. He is second in the league and assists and has 5 goals on the year. Stroud has a dangerous left foot but has also shown he has a good right foot as well and if he isn’t scoring goals he’s a big part of NYRBII’s attack which leads the Eastern Conference in goals this year.

Jack McInerney. The forward has three goals in his last five games including two in a big game against Pittsburgh last week. McInerney is the top goals scorer on the team with 9 and he will be the most dangerous threat that the NYRBII defense will have to watch out for. NYRBII’s defense will have to focus on preventing the counters and winning the second ball if Indy tries to play direct.

Photo by Bill Twomey Photography

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