The mini-Atlantic cup clash between the New York Red Bulls II and Loudoun United FC did not disappoint. Loudoun handed NYRBII their first loss of the season in emphatic fashion.
NYRBII came off a congested week, playing their third match in seven days, and their rotated lineup struggled against a young Loudoun team. Goalkeeper Calle Brown kept Loudoun in the lead during a rough stretch in the second half, and Loudoun scored late to win 3-1.
Notably, Tom Barlow and Chris Lema started on the bench for NYRBII. Kyle Zajec and Amarildo struggled to make up for their loss, and the team struggled to create chances. Loudoun United remained patient and their physical play disrupted NYRBII’s strong offense.
In the 4th minute, Mathias Jørgensen scored his first goal for NYRBII. Janos Loebe, making his debut, crossed low for Jørgensen. The young Danish striker redirected the ball to the far post. The ball struck the inside of the post and into the net.
Loudoun answered right back, taking control of the match following the goal they conceded. After creating numerous opportunities leading up to the goal, a Jared Stroud turnover gave them the opening they needed.
Andrew Lubhan picked off the pass from Stroud, and found Orlando Sinclair at the top of the box. Sinclair evaded Sean Nealis’ challenge, and walked the ball into the box. His first shot deflected off of Evan Louro. Sinclair collected the rebound and finished his second opportunity in the 14th minute.
Lubhan added a goal of his own in the 22nd minute. Following a corner kick, Lubhan received the ball at the top of the box. He fired a low shot that snuck in the left post and past Evan Louro, giving Loudoun the lead.
NYRBII came out stronger in the second half. Tom Barlow entered the match, changing the dynamic offensively. Barlow immediately created danger, finding a 1v1 opportunity with the goalkeeper that he put wide.
Kyle Murphy put the game away in the 79th minute. Murphy switched fields, then made a darting run into the box. Akeem Ward recognized the run, and sent a cross to Murphy. The striker’s soft header found the back of the net, extending the lead.
Next up, NYRBII return home to face Indy Eleven.
Photo by Bill Twomey Photography