FOXBOROUGH, MA (August 7, 2023) - New York Red Bulls II (10-6-5, 38 pts.) earn two points in a hard fought draw and shootout win against New England Revolution II (10-5-5, 40 pts.), 1-1, at Gillette Stadium.
The match started off with both teams trading chances, but quickly transitioned into more possessive play in the midfield. High quality opportunities were hard to come by for most of the first half, with New England claiming the best opportunities. However, the strong defense and goalkeeping play from New York held the match level going into the halftime break.
The scoring in this match wouldn’t start until the 62nd minute when New England found the breakthrough. Former Red Bulls II player Jordan Adebayo-Smith found the back of the net off a cross to put his side up with a little less than a half hour to go.
From that point on, New York increased their attacking pressure. Multiple chances were there in the final third for the road side, but the equalizer seemed like it would not be found. It wasn’t until the fourth minute of stoppage time that New York Red Bulls II had their best chance of the match.
In what would be the last play in regulation, Henry Wise sent in a ball to the New England eighteen, where the opposing goalkeeper would attempt to punch the danger away. The cleared ball found the foot of O’Vonte Mullings, who put the ball on net with the keeper off his line, and an eventual deflection gave Red Bulls II their leveler in the dying moments of the match.
The two sides then went into a shootout to determine who would claim the second point in the Eastern Conference standings.
All seemed to be lost for New York to begin the shootout after going down 2-0 early in the first two rounds, but the squad kept fighting. Two perfect shots from Henry Wise and Dija accompanied with an A.J. Marcucci save and a New England miss put the two sides level going into the fifth round. The teams would then match for the next three rounds up until the eighth and final round. Amos Shapiro-Thompson buried his shot to start and Marcucci made his third save of the shootout to clinch the victory and the second point.
New York continued its impressive record against one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference this season by earning 8 of the nine possible points in three matchups against New England. Red Bulls II outscored Revs II 6-2 in the season series and gained major ground in the Conference standings.
Red Bulls II return home for a quick turnaround against Toronto FC II on Wednesday, August 9. Kickoff at MSU Soccer Park is scheduled for 7:00 P.M. ET. Coverage will be on MLS Season Pass with Apple TV, the New York Red Bulls app and NewYorkRedBulls.com.