The New York Red Bulls U23 US Open Cup run came to an end after a visit to Memphis 901 FC Wednesday night.
This was Memphis’s first match of the tournament, however they elected to rest most of their starters for the game. Despite resting their starters, Memphis rolled to a comfortable 3-1 victory.
NYRB U23 started the game off with the signature Red Bull press, catching Memphis off guard. The first goal came quickly. JP Marin opened the scoring in the 5th minute. following an excellent counter-attack, and a lapse in judgment by the Memphis defender Abdi Mohamed.
Memphis quickly answered back through Cameron Lindley. The Memphis captain scored a well hit free kick in the 7th minute.
Following the goal, the match fell into a defensive back and forth, with no real opportunities coming from either side. Great defensive plays from both sides kept the match level. Despite the U23s lack of experience, they did not look overwhelmed by the Memphis team.
However, experience won out. Lagos Kunga sliced through the NYRB U23 backline, setting up Josh Morton with the second goal in the 26th minute. Memphis held the lead for the remainder of the match.
Memphis continued to attack and threaten the NYRB U23s in the second half. They broke through in the 73rd minute once again through Morton, for his brace. Morton nodded in a corner, giving Memphis breathing room to close out the match.
Memphis 901 move on to face fellow USL Championship team Hartford Athletic. The NYRB U23s begin their season this Saturday, May 18th, against Evergreen FC.