Preview: NYRBII travel to Hartford

Unbeaten now in seven matches, the New York Red Bulls II makes the short trip north to take on Hartford Athletic at Dillon Field Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is at 1:00 PM.

Thanks, in part, to a 2-0 win against St. Louis FC on Friday night, the streak now has the club sitting in second place of the Eastern Conference, just two points behind the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

The last time these two squads met up at MSU Soccer Park back in April, the Red Bulls II danced all over the visitors 4-0. Goals from Jared Stroud, Tom Barlow, Derrick Etienne, Jr., and Christopher Lema gave head coach Jimmy Nielsen and his expansion side, a rough road loss.

With the Athletic slowly improving as they get settled in their newly remodeled home ground in the return matchup, things could be a little dicey this time around.

Players to look For:

Hartford Atheltic – Daniel Bedoya (MF)
Bedoya has made some serious noise since joining the club on loan last month. The 25-year-old Colombian has flashed his versatility in just four appearances and three starts for the Athletic, logging his time at center midfielder and striker. Bedoya’s dual-threat ability has already been on full display, recording seven key passes, while also posting an 84.9% pass completion rate.

New York Red Bulls II – Tom Barlow (FW)
If there is one player the Hartford defense must have their collective eyes on, it’s Tom Barlow. Currently sitting in seventh place in the league with ten goals this season. He along with Jared Stroud and Mathias Jorgensen brings offensive firepower that could spell trouble for a Hartford defense that is second to last with at -24 goal differential.

Get to Know:

Hartford Athletic – Hartford Athletic is Connecticut’s new professional soccer franchise beginning play this spring in theĀ USL Championship. The Hartford Sports Group (HSG), led by local businessmen Bruce Mandell, Joe Calafiore and Scott Schooley, has worked to bring a United Soccer League Championship Club to Hartford for over two years and launched Hartford Athletic in 2019 with home games to be played atĀ historic Dillon Stadium.

Photo by John Perdicaro

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