Playing their third match in eight days, the New York Red Bulls U-23 compiled a record of one win and two straight losses. The second of back-to-back losses came at Fairleigh Dickinson University against the Cedar Stars Rush. The home team came out on top with a 2-1 score.
The C-Stars scored the match’s first goal in the third minute. Their number nine, Noah Amissah, chipped the Red Bulls Goalkeeper, Marcelin Gohier, in the 18-yard box for an early lead in the match.
After the goal, NYRB u23 seemed more settled into the match, keeping possession of the ball, connecting and generating opportunities on goal in the attacking third.
Red Bull’s Defensive Midfielder Vincent Borden had his team’s first great opportunity to tie the match in the 28th minute, connecting perfectly with a left-footed volley after a cleared header from a corner kick. The home side’s Goalkeeper followed up with a great save to keep his side in the lead.
Rush Goalkeeper kept the away side off the board once again after Red Bulls’ Jonathan Filipe created space for himself and got a shot off near the 18-yard line in the 31st min.
Macky Diop was played in alone with the C-Stars Goalkeeper rushing towards him, but yet again made himself big and came up with another great stop in the 35th min to keep Cedar Stars in the lead.
Red Bull’s persistence finally payed off with a minute left in the first half. Jared Juleau crossed the ball in from the left side and Diop rose above the defenders to head the ball into the net. 1-1 at half time.
Cedar Stars Rush scored their second goal of the night, bringing them back on top eight minutes after the break for another early lead. Kian Alberto did well to bring the ball down from a cross, get around the defender, and shoot the ball to the far post past Gohier.
The rest of the second 45 minutes persisted of a ton of physicality from both teams, frustrating each other and trying to break up any sort of momentum. Yellow cards began to fly left and right as the referee attempted to gain control of the match and calm it down, but it did not help.
The match grew tense with Red Bulls desperately looking to leave with at least one point. A couple of the changes Head Coach Simon Nee made helped his team keep the ball but were unable to create any solid chances.
Credit to Cedar Stars Rush for not bunkering in and still playing the match, looking to kill it off with a third goal but were unable to as well.
Unfortunately, the match got ugly with tensions high. Red Bull Captain CC Uche received a yellow card for a tackle that the referee deemed worthy for a booking. However, it seemed Uche may have retaliated and said something the referee was not happy with, resulting in a controversial immediate second yellow for a red card sending-off.
The match paused for some time with NYRB u23 players questioning the call. Then it seemed the 4th official and the Red Bulls bench were calling for the main referee to go over and state his reason for sending off the player.
The match ended a couple seconds after with the home side getting all three points.
Man of the Match
Red Bulls’ Vincent Borden was constantly on the ball, helping to slow down the Rush’s offense while quickly getting the ball forward and jump-starting the Red Bull attack.
The result drops the Red Bulls down one spot to sixth place, two from last place in their Mid Atlantic Division. The U-23’s will get a week to think about their recent performances with their next match on Saturday, June 1 at 7:30 PM EST. They head to Long Island where they’ll play the storied Rough Riders at Hofstra Stadium.