New York Red Bulls II ended their preseason with a 2-1 loss to FC Dallas in the Mini Mobile Sun Cup on Saturday.
NYRB II started off the better of the two teams and had two good chances to take the lead inside 20 minutes. Tom Barlow was denied by a good save from Jimmy Maurer and Jared Stroud shot just wide in the 12th minute.
John Wolnyiec’s men would be rewarded for their efforts when they took lead in the 22nd minute. After a miscommunication from FC Dallas’ defense, Florian Valot laid the ball off for Chris Lema and he blasted one past the keeper.
FC Dallas would start to gather some momentum in the game and NYRB II goalkeeper Rashid Nuhu had to make a leaping save to deny Pablo Aranguiz’s chipped effort. Nuhu would make a big mistake to let FC Dallas back into the game in the 34th minute when he took down Aranguiz in the box and the midfielder converted the penalty to tie the game.
Barlow had a good chance to give NYRB II before the half but the keeper was quick off his line to snuff out the effort. Stroud hit the crossbar seconds later with a curling effort and the game remained tied going into half.
Neither team had any real chances in the first 20 minutes of the second half. Both teams made some changes with De Souza and Zajec coming on for NYRB II.
FC Dallas had a good chance in the 70th minute but Nuhu did well to make a good save to deny Jesus Ferreira’s strike. Later in the half, NYRB II had a half chance when Valot found Zajec in some space outside the 18, but the midfielders shot went just wide.
FC Dallas would take the lead in the 77th minute off a quick counter. The ball came to Ferreira and his shot squeezed in between Scarlett and Nuhu to give FC Dallas their first lead.
Neither team would have any clear chances down the stretch and FC Dallas would come out on top.
NYRB II open their USL Championship season at home on March 9th where they will take on Swope Park Rangers at Montclair University Soccer Park.