KISSIMMEE, FL (May 29, 2023) - New York Red Bulls II (5-3-3, 20 pts.) fall on the road to Orlando City B (6-3-2 21 pts.) at Osceola Heritage Park. The back-and-forth match had three different lead changes with Orlando coming out on top at home.
Heading into the match, New York was unbeaten on the road, having posted a 2-0-2 record over the four matches that they played away from home. Orlando was looking to build momentum on a 1-0 win against Miami the week before, and they carried that same energy into yesterday’s match.
The attack for both squads was immediately on and resulted in end-to-end action from the opening whistle. It seemed inevitable that someone would get on the scoresheet early, and Orlando did just that. Solid build up play led to a Jack Lynn header that took multiple deflections and ended up going off Brazilian defender Dija for an own goal.
Rather than allowing the early goal to take away their energy, Red Bulls II countered with their attack that never seemed to end. There was chance after chance for New York, but their opportunity to level didn’t come until the thirty first minute. The play started with O’Vonte Mullings, who managed to dribble his way through the left side of the Orlando defense and play a ball into the middle for Ibrahim Kasule to tap in. The goal was Kasule’s second of the year, with his first coming just four days prior against Huntsville.
As both teams were prepared to head into halftime tied at one, a foul in the 45th minute gave New York one last chance to take the lead before the break. Panamanian forward Ricardo Gorday stepped up to take the free kick that was 20 yards out on the left side of the Orlando box. With a three-man wall and the Orlando keeper giving space on the near post side, Gorday took advantage and curled the ball over the wall into the back of the net. This was third goal of the year for Gorday, tying him with Wiki Carmona for the most goals with New York this season.
Just three minutes later, another Orlando attack led to multiple shots on target. The ball eventually found its way to the feet of Shakur Mohammed, who was able to give Orlando the lead with a close-range strike.
While New York had chances late in the game to salvage a point, they were unable to convert and ended up dropping the match on the road.
Academy products Aiden Jarvis and Alan Rutkowski had significant moments in the match. With Jarvis starting his first professional game and Rutkowski posting 9 saves, which puts him into a tie for the third most saves in a match in club history.
New York returns home to face New England Revolution II at MSU Soccer Park on June 3rd. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET with coverage available on MLS Season Pass with Apple TV, the New York Red Bulls app, and NewYorkRedBulls.com.
- ORL – Dija (OG) 5’
- NY – Ibrahim Kasule (Mullings) 31’
- NY – Ricardo Gorday (unassisted) 45’
- ORL – Jack Lynn (Freeman) 61’
- ORL – Shakur Mohammed (unassisted) 66’
- NY – Juan Gutierrez (caution, foul) 8’
- ORL – Cristian Medina (caution, foul) 44’
- ORL – Thomas Williams (caution, foul) 90’+1’
New York Red Bulls II: Alan Rutkowski; Jayden Reid, Omar Valencia, Juan Gutierrez (Copeland Berkley 56’), Dija, Amos Shapiro-Thompson, O’Vonte Mullings (Ronald Donkor 56’), Ibrahim Kasule, Aiden Jarvis (Julian Hall 74’), Ricardo Gorday (Oladayo Thomas 64’), Frank Ssebufu
Unused Subs: Dylan Sullivan, Will Meyer, Erick Ruiz
TOTAL SHOTS: 14 ; SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 ; FOULS: 13 ; POSSESSION: 46.2 ; CORNER KICKS: 5 ; SAVES: 9
Orlando City B: Javier Otero, Alex Freeman, Nabi Kibunguchy, Thomas Williams, Moises Tablante, Jorge Almaguer, Cristian Medina (Zakaria Taifi 66’), Wilfredo Rivera (Tahir Reid-Brown
79’), Shak Mohammed (Fernando Sanchez 90’ +3’), Jack Lynn (Favian Loyola 79’), Jho Solis
Unused Subs: Gonzalo Agustoni-Chagas, Dominic Pereira
TOTAL SHOTS: 16 ; SHOTS ON GOAL: 10 ; FOULS: 7 ; POSSESSION: 53.8 ; CORNER KICKS: 8; SAVES: 3