Preview: NYRB II travel to face rivals Bethlehem Steel

New York Red Bulls II will look to get back to their winning ways against rivals Bethlehem Steel on Wednesday.

The baby bulls have been winless in their last 3 matches despite being up a man for 2 of those games. Despite having the advantage against Ottawa, NYRB II were unable to come out with a win.

Manager John Wolyniec didn’t think his team’s performance was good enough.

It was definitely not a great performance on our part,” Wolyniec said. “I do not think we started the game well. A couple mistakes let Ottawa get up on us early and then we started to tilt the game in our favor and obviously, the red card helps us, and we created enough chances to get the win, but it was not our best effort. We were not on top of all the details.”

Despite the result NYRB II still sits in third place in the Eastern Conference, only 8 points off of leaders Tampa Bay with a game in hand.

Despite Bethlehem not being at their best this year, Wolyniec knows they can still present a challenge.

“They have had some troubles this year,” Wolyniec said. “But they have also put some good efforts forward, especially in the last couple games. They have played some good teams and been in some close games and won some matches. The games between us are always very combative. There is always a little extra on it, the two second teams going at it. The rivalry of New York against Philly, so it will be a hard game playing there.”

The baby bulls won the first meeting this season at MSU Soccer Park 4-0. However, they have not won on the road against Bethlehem in their last three trips (0-2-1).

Midfielder Chris Lema said the team is looking forward to the game on Wednesday after their performance this past weekend.

“Bethlehem historically has always been a really good team,” Lema said.”They play a little bit of a different style now, keeping more possession. Once again, we have to be all for it. It is against another MLS two side and it is a game that is always going to be hard for us. (We’re) excited to get back out and get a good result after a bit of a letdown this past weekend.”

Photo by Bill Twomey Photography

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