Nashville, TN – A crucial match with serious playoff implications was surely destined to be entertaining, and this one didn’t disappoint as New York Red Bulls and Nashville SC fought to a one-all draw at First Tennessee Park tonight.
New York Red Bulls II denied by Nashville SC, settle for a 1-1 draw
NYRBII got on the scoreboard early thanks to Amando Moreno scoring his tenth goal of the season in the 5th minute. Jared Stroud pounced on the loose ball in the box, and Amando did the rest by burying a left-footed shot from the center of the box to the back of the net.
With Andrew Tinari getting fouled in the box by Taylor Washington, Tom Barlow’s bid to give New York a two-goal cushion was denied by goalkeeper Matt Pickens to keep the deficit at one in the 14th minute.
The action was hot and heavy as both teams punctuated their brisk play with chippy fouls resulting in key scoring chances had by both teams. But then, Jose Aguinaga received a red card from referee Elvis Osmanovic reducing the visitors’ numbers down to ten men.
Nashville didn’t take very long to take advantage, and to even things up as Michael Reed scored off a free kick, suprising Evan Louro as the shot slips past his outstretched hands to level the match at one in the 26th minute.
Despite being down one man, New York continued their aggressive push offensively, outshooting the hosts 16-11. However, every effort was denied by the Nashville SC defense.
Both teams pushed hard in throughout the second half, and Nashville SC thought they had broken through deep into stoppage time, but Justin Davis was called offside at the last play of the match.
A Couple of Things:
Unnecessary mistakes (nearly) doomed the visitors early. A bad challenge by Jose Aguinaga left the visitors down a man and erased the early lead soon after. If they want to good deep in the USL Cup Playoffs, these types of mistakes simply cannot happen.
Running out of time? With three matches left in the USL Regular season, the Red Bulls can ill-afford to contnure to drops points, especially when they have the lead in most of thier matches. Because of this latest result, every match from this point forward will be considered de-facto playoff games.
Man of the Match:
Matt Pickens – Changed the momentum of the game by saving tom Barlow’s penalty shot and made two key saves in the first half, anchoring the defense to keep the relentless Red Bulls II offense at bay.
Next match for New York Red Bulls II will be at WakeMed Soccer Park on Cary, NC as they take on North Carolina FC on October 6. Kickoff is at 7:00 PM and will be televised on ESPN+.
Photo by Bill Twomey Photography