Photo courtesy Ben Solomon / New York Red Bulls II
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The New York Red Bulls struck quickly again, as they took a 1-0 victory against Bethlehem Steel FC on Sunday evening at Goodman Stadium. The Red Bulls II (7-1-3, 24pts) grabbed the early lead for a second consecutive meeting, as a long ball forward by Gideon Baah found Brandon Allen between two defenders, and the rookie finished well into the right corner. The Steel (3-4-4, 13pts) came into the game more in the second half, although their momentum was stalled by a 90-minute lightning delay, and Fred hit the crossbar with 10 minutes to go after a save by NYRBII goalkeeper Ryan Meara. The Red Bulls II were able to hold on, however, to take their third consecutive 1-0 victory.
3’ – NY – Brandon Allen (Gideon Baah)
Three Things That Matter:
1. After giving up two goals in the opening four minutes in the first meeting between the two teams, the last thing the Steel would have wanted was another early deficit, but a moment of hesitant defending proved costly. New York’s Brandon Allen was the grateful recipient, as the former PDL player scored his first goal since the second game of the Red Bulls II’s season, and his fourth overall in his rookie season.
2. The weather delay might have come at just the right moment for the Red Bulls II, after the Steel had begun to put the pressure on in the previous 10 minutes looking for an equalizer. The break allowed the Red Bulls II to reorganize and regain their composure, and while the Steel hit the crossbar through Fred with 10 minutes to go, New York threatened as much as the hosts in the final 20 minutes as they looked to wrap up the win with a second goal.
3. The Red Bulls II’s ability to get results away from home is currently unmatched in the USL, with their five road wins out of five now matching the most road wins of any team in the Eastern Conference a season ago. The club’s defense has been excellent for most of the season, having only conceded one goal in the second half in its 11 games, which makes falling behind against Coach John Wolyniec’s side a difficult situation to recover from.
USLSoccer.com Man of the Match
Derrick Etienne Jr., New York Red Bulls II – The dynamic midfielder didn’t find his way onto the scoresheet, but he threatened throughout the game, his battles with Steel defender Mickey Daly making for particularly compelling viewing.
June 10: Bethlehem Steel FC at Charlotte Independence, 7 p.m. ET, Ramblewood Stadium
June 9: New York Red Bulls II vs. Harrisburg City Islanders, 7 p.m. ET, Red Bull Arena