Preseason opens with win over Portland, 2:0
January 27, 2017 (Official Game Summary)
The New York Red Bulls opened the 2017 preseason with a 2-0 win over the Portland Timbers on Friday night at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson. The teams played three 30-minute sessions.
New York's starting group largely consisted of MLS players from last season, but also featured second-round draft pick Ethan Kutler, NYRB II center back Aaron Long and trialist forward Robbie Findley.
New York got on the board with an own goal in the 3rd minute when a Kemar Lawrence cross deflected off of Portland's Gbenga Arokoyo and Rennico Clarke and into the net.
The rest of the first period passed uneventfully, with New York getting the better of the scoring chances.
The second stanza featured a lineup reminiscent of NYRB II's USL Championship run from last season, with newly-signed Dan Metzger playing alongside Homegrown Players Brandon Allen, Tyler Adams and Derrick Etienne Jr. NYRB II's Long also played the second period alongside Tim Schmoll, Florian Valot, Vincent Bezecourt, and David Najem.
Bezecourt converted a penalty in the second period to round out the scoring.