RBNY II spanks Atlanta, 3:1
June 8, 2019 (Official Game Summary)
Red Bulls II earned their second straight victory after holding off ATL UTD 2, 3:1.
The visitors had a pair of chances to take the lead in the opening 10 minutes as Chris Lema rifled a left-footed volley from 20 yards out to force a diving save from Dylan Castanheira. The Atlanta goalkeeper just got his fingertips to Jeciel Cedeno's curling effort a minute later.
The hosts fashioned their first chance of the evening in the 20th minute when Laurent Kissiedou played Romario Williams clean through on goal, but the forward had his shot smothered by an onrushing Evan Louro. Red Bulls II thought they had the lead a minute later when Sebastian Elney's left-footed shot was parried by Castanheira into the path of Jared Stroud, who tapped the ball into an empty net, but was ruled to be in an offside position by the linesman.
New York did open the scoring just before halftime, as Edgardo Rito slotted a tidy finish beating Castanheira at his near post from a tight angle. The visitors doubled their advantage just two minutes after the break. Lema fed a nifty pass to Elney, who made no mistake with right-footed finish from the right side of the area.
After going down two goals, Atlanta amped up the pressure with Kissiedou forcing a save out of Louro in the 57th minute. Brandon Vazquez curled a right-footed finish past the Red Bulls II goalkeeper into the bottom-right corner nine minutes later to cut the deficit in half.
However, New York restored its two-goal advantage in the 76th minute when Kyle Zajec scored his third goal in two games, brilliantly redirecting Lema's free kick into the bottom-left corner with a first-time finish to put the game away.