New York Red Bulls II will look to continue their impressive home form this year when they take on Ottawa Fury on Friday at MSU Soccer Park.
NYRB II ended their three game road trip with a draw against Charleston last weekend. Despite being up a man for a good portion of the game they couldn’t break down the Battery and had to settle for one point.
Manager John Wolyniec said his side played well despite the draw.
“Overall, having watched it back, we performed pretty well,” Wolyniec said. “The first half was decent from us, especially on a long road trip, for us to put in a good effort and to control the game for the most part was pretty good.”
Wolyniec hopes that the team can build off their ability to fight back despite being down in the game.
“Charleston is always a tough, physical defensive team,” Wolyniec said. “The second half is disappointing because being up a man to give up the three best chances Charleston had right at the beginning of the second half and then go down one was disappointing. That is where we let us down and credit to our guys to keep fighting and got a goal and got back in the game.”
Ottawa has been a team that has given NYRB II trouble over the years even at MSU Soccer Park. They defeated NYRB II 3-0 in their first meeting, but the baby bulls were able to grind out a 1-0 win in their second meeting.
This year Ottawa has played well on the road, with their only two losses coming against Tampa Bay and Louisville City. The Fury currently sit in 6th place in the Eastern Conference.
Wolyniec praised Ottawa’s play this season and their ability to create chances in different ways.
“They have been playing well against good teams and getting results and scoring goals,” Wolyniec said. “They are a tough team. They have a good mix of talent and organization and ability to attack and be dynamic, but at the same time, be responsible defensively and they can hurt you through build up and moving the ball around, and they can hurt you with some direct play as well, so it is going to be a challenge for us.”
NYRB II defender Janos Loebe said that although the team had a tough road trip they will be ready to get back on track on Friday.