The New York Red Bulls II dropped points late, dropping points to Brandon Allen and Memphis 901 FC Saturday night.
NYRBII carried their momentum from last week’s wins, finding more success in the first half. 901 FC struggled again at home, but found success in the second half, including goals from NYRBII’s one-time leading scorer, leading to a 2-2 draw.
Jordan Scarlett opened the scoring for the visitors in the 10th minute. Following a corner kick, Jean-Christophe Koffi kept the pressure on Memphis, winning a 50/50 ball and sending it outside to Chis Lema. Lema cut the ball back onto his preferred left foot, then swung in a deep cross to the far post. Scarlett followed the cross in unmarked, and nodded the ball into the net.
NYRBII struck again just before the end of the half. This time, it was Vincent Bezecourt providing the scoring touch. Kyle Duncan received the ball, streaking down the right side. His cross eluded the Memphis defense, finding Jared Stroud at the far post. Stroud failed to control the ball, and the Memphis defense closed down and cleared the ball off the line. The clearance fell to Bezecourt, in front of the goal, and he calmly slotted the ball home in the 44th minute.
Memphis pulled a goal back in the second half from former NYRBII striker Brandon Allen in the 48th minute. Lagos Kunga broke free down the left wing, then sent a low cross to the middle of the box. Allen shook off Janos Loebe, then easily tapped in from the six-yard box. During his NYRBII tenure, Allen scored many similar goals, and it served as a reminder of the striker’s instincts in the box.
Allen doubled his tally in the 87th minute. Once again, the NYRBII defense lost track of Allen in the box. Wesley Charpie sent a looping cross to the back post, finding Allen all alone. The striker easily finished into an open net, bringing Memphis back from two goals down to earn a point at home.
Both teams created chances to win the game in the final minutes, but neither struck the killing blow.
NYRBII miss a chance to make up more ground on leaders Tampa Rowdies, and but face them next weekend at MSU Soccer Park. The draw improves NYRBII’s record to 11-4-6.
Photo by Bill Twomey Photography