Two second half goals propelled New York Red Bulls II to a 2-0 victory against Toronto FC II at the Ontario Soccer Centre on Saturday.
It was the second straight 2-0 defeat for the young Reds following their loss against the Harrisburg City Islanders on Wednesday.
With the loss TFC II’s record falls to 5-14-3 and extends their losing streak to two matches.
With the win Red Bulls II snap a three-game winless streak and put themselves in a three-way tie for third in the Eastern Conference with the Richmond Kickers and the Charleston Battery.
TFC II has struggled to create chances for most part of the season but over the last few matches the squad has produced countless opportunities. Still, the final finish is lacking.
If it were not for New York Red Bulls II goalkeeper Santiago Castano TFC II might have been up two goals in the first half.
Early on in the match Jay Chapman played a perfectly weighted pass through to Raheem Edwards but Castano was able to come out and stand tall, making the save on Edwards’ attempted chip.
Castano followed up eleven minutes later with a diving save on Mo Babouli to keep the match scoreless.
TFC II’s inability to capitalize on scoring chances came back to haunt them as Red Bulls II opened up the scoring two minutes into the second half.
Second half substitute Bolu Akinyode had an immediate impact, putting in a great cross that was headered home by Stefano Bonomo.
New York added to their lead in the 78th minute. Jay Chapman was called for a foul and NYRB II took advantage with a quickly taken free kick that caught TFC II off guard.
Devon Williams picked up the free kick and fired a shot that was deflected on its way on target past Quillan Roberts to double New York’s lead.
Toronto’s comeback took a hit when defender Adam Bouchard was sent off after receiving his second yellow card in the 80th minute.
In the end Castano recorded a shutout and the visitors came away with the three points.
Toronto’s next match comes on Sunday, August 30th against the Charlotte Independence at the Ontario Soccer Centre. Kick-off is set for 3PM ET.
NYRB II – Stefano Bonomo 47’
NYRB II – Devon Williams 78’
TFC II – Adam Bouchard 68’ (caution)
NYRB II- Mike Da Fonte 72’ (caution)
NYRB II- Santi Castano 73’ (caution)
TFC II- Adam Bouchard 80’ (caution) (ejection)
TFC II – Skylar Thomas 90’ (caution)
Toronto FC II: 5-14-3 18pts.
New York Red Bulls II: 10-8-6 36pts.
Toronto FC II – Quillian Roberts; Wesley Charpie, Skylar Thomas, Clement Simonin (Adam Bouchard 30’), Mark-Anthony Kaye; Jay Chapman, Luca Uccello (Anthony Osorio 82’), Salvador Bernal (Jordan Hamilton 69’), Raheem Edwards(Edwin Rivas 78’), Massimo Mirabelli (Buba Jobe 58’); Molham Babouli
Substitutes Not Used: Alex Bono, Marcus Godinho
New York Red Bulls II – Santi Castano; Shawn McLaws, Mike Da Fonte, Konrad Plewa, Colin Heffron (Bolu Akinyode 45’); Devon Williams, Sean Davis (Dan Bedoya 65’), Leo Stozz, Manolo Sanchez (Chris Tsonis 76’); Stefano Bonomo (James Thomas 87’), Marius Obekop (Brian Saramago 83’)
Substitutes Not Used: Rafael Diaz, Kyle Perno