Preview: NYRB II face Penn FC in final game of road trip

New York Red Bulls II will look for their second consecutive road win on Tuesday when they travel to take on Penn FC.

Preview: NYRB II face Penn FC in final game of road trip

NYRB II currently sit in 8th place in the Eastern Conference, a win and a North Carolina FC loss would see them make the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.

John Wolyniec’s men finally broke through and earned their first road win of the season Saturday, defeating North Carolina FC 2-1. On their current road trip NYRB II have a record of 1-0-2 and have only lost two road games since June. Their defense has improved of late as they have only conceded three goals in their last three games. The backline looks to continue their strong performances in the final week of the season.

Penn FC come into the match with one win in their last 7 games which have all been at home. Their last win was back in the beginning of September against Indy Eleven. In the 7 home matches, Penn FC have scored just 5 goals and have conceded 12. Although they don’t score a lot of goals, Penn FC have proven they are a tough team to break down.

In the first meeting between these two teams at Montclair State University, NYRB II came out on top with a 2-1 win. The baby bulls used a strong first half with goals by Andrew Tinari and Tom Barlow to grab a 2-0 lead and held off a late push by Penn FC to grab the win.

Players to Watch:

Tom Barlow- the forward grabbed the go ahead goal against North Carolina on Saturday and will most likely be leading the line in this game due to Anatole Abang’s suspension.Since Abang’s return the two forwards have split time for the role up top, so this game provides a good chance for Barlow. He has flashed his goal scoring potential this year as he has 7 on the season and scored in the previous match between these two teams.

Lucky Mkosana- The forward has been Penn FC’s biggest threat on the year as he has 11 goals in 27 appearances. NYRB II did a decent job containing him in their first matchup but he was still able to grab a goal off a rebound in the second half. NYRB II’s defense has been much better but they still need to be aware of Penn FC’s ability to sit deep and counter.

Photo by Bill Twomey Photography

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