RBNY II slide continues in Birmingham, 2:1
October 16, 2019 (Official Game Summary)
Birmingham Legion FC helped their inaugural season playoff cause in a great way with a 2-1 win over the New York Red Bulls II at BBVA Field, despite playing down a man for the final 48 minutes of the game.
Legion FC started off with a bang after just 10 minutes, when midfielder Daniel Johnson played in forward Brian Wright. He rounded New York goalkeeper Evan Louro before tapping in from a few yards out to open the scoring. Birmingham saw off Red Bulls II attack for the remainder of the first half, but their tone changed slightly when defender Kyle Culbertson was shown a straight red card after being judged to have taken down an attacker as the last man on a scoring opportunity.
Holding the lead into the second half, the hosts wasted next to no time finding a second goal when midfielder Anderson Asiedu whipped a ball across the center for Prosper Kasim, who found the bottom far corner after just 31 seconds to provide a cushion.
New York would not be kept at bay forever and, after 67 minutes, they were able to pull one back. Midfielder Sebastian Elney flicked an effort toward goal that took a deflection of Birmingham's Kyle Fisher before angling into the back of the net.
Both teams upped the energy in the remaining 23 minutes as Birmingham created a pair of chances for separation that went array. Red Bulls II were denied a few times by Legion FC goalkeeper Matt Van Oekel and his defense.