New York Red Bulls II will look to pick up a crucial home win on Thursday when they take on Toronto FC II.
NYRBII did not start off the month of September on a positive note as they were defeated by Indy Eleven 4-0 last week. The team is still without a win on the road this season with a record of 0-5-8.
NYRB II look for bounce back game against TFC II
At home they have been dominant and have the second best home record in the Eastern Conference (10-3-2). They have also scored 44 goals at home this season which in the best in all of USL. With a plethora of attacking options, NYRBII can cause problems in many different ways for their opposition.
Toronto FC II sit dead last in the Eastern Conference with a record of 3-20-3 and are 1-12-0 away from home this season. The one win did come recently as they thrashed Louisville City FC by a score of 4-0 at Slugger Field.
Outside of the win against Louisville, TFC II have conceded a 12 goals in their last 5 matches. On the season away from home they have conceded 34 goals which is the third worst in the conference.
These teams have met twice this year with NYRB II taking the season opener at Red Bull Arena by a score of 2-1, but both teams were unable to score in their second meeting at Ontario Soccer Centre as they game in a 0-0 draw.
TFC II also announced they are joining USL Division 3 next season back in early July.
Players to Watch
Amando Moreno. I would be surprised if the forward isn’t in the starting lineup for this game. Before he suffered an injury, Moreno was in great form and had scored a goal in three straight games for NYRBII. Even after missing some time he still leads the team in goals with 9 and he’s a constant danger for defenders in the attacking half. Not to mention he and Jared Stroud seem to have great chemistry with each other as well and set up one another a lot this season.
Tsubasa Endoh. He’s been back and forth between the first and reserve team this season, but Endoh is a threat that NYRBII will have to watch out for. He has four goals in seven appearances and has also created 19 chances as well which is second on the team.
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