In a tightly contested matchup of two big teams in the Mid Atlantic Division, the New York Red Bulls U-23 and the Long Island Rough Riders split the decision at 1-1 for a share of the points.
A quiet half with each side trying to get into a rhythm, while attempting to break up any build up from their opponent and frustrate each other.
The best chance of the half was in the 32nd minute from the home side. NYRB playing the Red Bull way by pressing the defenders near their goal were able to gain the ball on the 18-yard line and give captain Brian Saramago a shot alone on goal that the Rough Riders goalkeeper did well to carry away for a corner kick.
Substitute JP Marin came on and gave the U-23’s another outlet on their offensive line. Receiving the ball near the left corner flag, Marin beat his defender 1v1 and hit a beautiful curling ball over the ‘keeper towards the far post in the 55th minute of play.
With NYRB hanging on to their one-goal lead, the Rough Riders looked to be gaining more momentum and seemed closer to scoring the next one than the home side.
Their hard work paid off when they got the tying goal with eight minutes left of regular time. One of the boys in blues found a loose ball in the box after a set piece, smashing it into the back of the net and giving the visitors a share of the points.
Man of the Match
JP Marin was the perfect super-sub needed to inject some life into this side’s attack, giving the U-23’s another weapon and bringing his goal total to two on the season.
NYRB U-23 play their second of a four-game homestand as they look to close out the season strong and move up in the standings. Cedar Stars Rush comes into town on Saturday, July 6 with kick off scheduled for 7:00 PM EST.
Cedar Stars has a 1-2-2 record on the road. So look for the home side to avenge their loss earlier in the season in a chippy game that ended with 10 men for the U-23’s.