The New York Red Bulls won their fifth match of the season, defeating a strong opponent, Indy Eleven with another goal from Tom Barlow. Despite falling behind early, the NYRBII overcame a poor first half to win a well contested match, 2-1
NYRBII came out of the gate strong, but struggled to create real danger for Indy. Their defensive effort and pressing were on display, but they lacked sharpness in transition, letting Indy Eleven off the hook on a few occasions.
Indy Eleven opened the scoring in the 13th minute against the run of play. Dane Kelly received a long ball on the left side of the box. He cut back onto his right foot and fired a curling effort at goal. Evan Louro got a touch on the shot but could not keep the ball out of the net.
NYRBII leveled the match in the 60th minute from the penalty spot. After Vincent Bezecourt was fouled in the box, Jared Stroud stepped up to take the penalty. Stroud buried the penalty to score his third of the season. NYRBII grabbed the momentum leading up to the goal, but struggled to take their chances.
In the 69th minute, NYRBII moved into the lead. A bouncing ball in the midfield came off the head of Bezecourt and fell to Tom Barlow. Barlow slotted home his seventh on the season, finishing the one on one opportunity he shanked a week ago against Loudoun United.
NYRBII improve to 5-1-1 on the season and return home Wednesday night to face Birmingham Legion FC.
Man of the match
Jean-Christophe Koffi had his best match for RBII. He shuttled the ball through midfield and created chances throughout his shift. The midfield battle, won by NYRBII, was largely on Koffi’s back.