The New York Red Bulls II rescued a point late in an early morning match in Canada against the Ottawa Fury FC.
The Fury created danger in stretches during the match, but relied on an early goal to sustain them the majority of the match. NYRBIIs late goal rescued a point to finish 1-1. NYRBII traditionally struggles against the Fury, and Wednesday mornings match continued the trend. The Fury’s well-organized defense frustrated the visitors throughout the match.
NYRBII entered the match without Tom Barlow. The golden boot leading striker signed an MLS contract Wednesday morning, leaving NYRBII thin up top. The absence gave Sebastian Elney his first start up top. The young striker struggled to make an impact.
Wal Fall opened the scoring for the Fury after five minutes. A long ball played forward found Mour Samb. Samb dribbled to the endline, then sent a low pass to the top of the box. Fall finished first time, giving the home side the lead.
NYRBII struggled throughout the match to create danger. The Fury frustrated NYRBII’s attack sitting deep, negating the visitors penchant to get in behind. Over the last several weeks, NYRBII relied on a strong crop of strikers like Brian White, Tom Barlow, and Mathias Jørgensen. Without their high powered options, NYRBII lacked potency and rhythm.
In stoppage time, Jared Stroud leveled the match from the center of the box. Ben Mines carried the ball into the attacking third, sending a through ball towards Janos Loebe. Loebe cut the ball back to the penalty spot, and Stroud slotted his shot into the net. The goal echoed the Fury goal from earlier in the match.
The draw brings NYRBII to 6-1-2 on the season, and they remain in first place until at least the weekend. Next up, they take on the Tampa Bay Rowdies on May 18th, a match featuring former NYRBII players Andrew Tinari, David Najem, and Brandon Allen.
Photo by John Perdicaro