New York Red Bulls II will face a quick turnaround on Wednesday when they travel to take on Nashville SC.
The “baby bulls” three-match win streak was snapped on Saturday when they were defeated by the Pittsburgh Riverhounds 3-0. Despite some quality chances, NYRBII were unable to break down Pittsburgh and were poor defensively from set pieces which lead to 2 of the goals. Midfielder Jean- Christophe Koffi was also sent off and will miss the match against Nashville.
NYRBII midfielder Jared Stroud felt that the team put some nice things together despite the result and hopes the team can move forward.
“It was a tough game and the result did not go our way,” Stroud said.I ” think we put some good plays together and then we slipped on other plays. You just have to go with the positives and kind of re-evaluate and go over the video about what we did well. We created some chances and had some defensive lapses, so we will just have to take the good and the bad and then move forward.”
Nashville comes into the match unbeaten in their last 7 matches (4-0-3) and were able to manage a draw against NYRBII at MSU Soccer Park earlier this year. NYRBII manager John Wolyniec knows how dangerous of a side Nashville is and that the match will be a challenge.
” They are near the top of the table,” Wolyniec said. “They are a team that in the offseason and over the last year and a half or so have been aggressive in accumulating talent. Obviously they have an MLS mindset more than USL mindset, and they have a bunch of good players. They are a competitive team and they are well organized. They do not give up much, especially at home. It is another tough challenge for us, so earlier in the year, I thought we played well against them.”
NYRBII fought hard to earn a draw at Nashville last year, as they were reduced to 10 men for 3/4’s of the match but managed to hold Nashville to a single goal. Wolyniec also talked about last year’s match at Nashville and how it was an important moment late in the season for the team.
” Last time we were there last year, was one of our coming together moments,” Wolyniec said. “We got a red card early in the game and came together and defended and did a good job together for a 1-1 tie. Hopefully, we can draw on that and put a good performance out there, put the Pittsburgh game behind us a little bit and continue to march on.”
Both teams currently sit 4 points off of Eastern Conference leaders Tampa Bay Rowdies and a win for either team could see them jump up to second place. Stroud is hoping he and his teammates can get some revenge from their meeting earlier this year.
“They have the two strikers, who are obviously good players, and they are always a threat in behind,” Stroud said. “They have a good midfield and they are just an overall solid team, so that game was pretty tightly contested. I think we were pretty bummed out to not come out with the result. I think that is a good chance at the end, so I think we should be licking our chops and getting ready to get a win.”
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