New York Red Bulls II v Penn FC couldn’t have pitted two teams in two very different predicaments. The Baby Bulls came into match day occupying 8th place and final spot in the USL playoff hunt.

NYRBII win second straight on the road, beat Penn FC 3-1

For Penn FC, the club announced a decision to cease operations in 2019 in order to transition into the newly formed USL Division 1 in 2020. On top of that, Penn FC is out of playoff contention having accrued just 36 points in 32 matches sitting in 13th place.

A few key pieces rejoined the starting lineup against Penn FC, like Brian White and Jordan Scarlett. White got his first minutes with NYRBII since the Red Bull II’s 3-3 tie with TFC II on September 13th. Scarlett returned after a longer absence from the team after not appearing since mid July.

In the 17th minute, Jared Stroud chipped Penn FC GK Sean Lewis after Chris Lema’s forced tackle ricocheted past the Penn FC’s back four. But after consulting his lineman, the referee decided Stroud was offside when the ball was played.

Just minutes later, Miguel Jaime got Penn FC on the board first with a clean finish off a cross from Walter Ramirez. Jordan Scarlett’s errant free kick gave Penn FC a clear shot to hit New York off the mistake.

In the 33rd minute the Red Bulls earned a corner kick and Jared Stroud’s header in the six yard box equalized the score.

Later in the 66th minute, the Red Bulls struck again thanks to a goalkeeping blunder. Sean Lewis’ weak punch on Chris Lema’s free kick fell fortuitously to Brian White who poked it home for his tenth goal of the year for Red Bulls II.

Jose Aguinaga capped off the win with a third goal in the 88th minute when the Spaniard slotted away a 1v1 opportunity.

NYRBII went through 31 matches without winning on the road, but for the second straight match NYRBII have earned a win on the road. With the win, NYRBII leap into 5th place with 49 points with one more match to play. They take on the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on 10/14 at MSU Soccer Park.

Man of the match

Jared Stroud was all over the pitch for NYRBII and was unlucky not to have scored a brace. He put in the hard work defensively and held up the ball when needed. Stroud’s rookie season is way ahead of development schedule, and he could be in line for a promotion.

Photo by Bill Twomey Photography

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