Inside the Match: New York Red Bulls II vs. Miami FC


New York Red Bulls II will host Miami FC on Friday, September 9. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET with coverage available on ESPN+.

Match Notes

Familiar Faces – The match will mark the sixth meeting between New York and Miami and the second this season. Miami took the first in the season opener, 2-0, on March 12. The club has multiple former New York players including Florian Valot, Bolu Akinyode, and Devon Williams.

Futures Night – Friday will mark New York’s third annual Futures Night, which honors the club’s Pre-Academy players. New York defeated Hartford Athletic, 2-0, in September of 2021 on the last Futures Night. Three former Pre-Academy players, Erick Ruiz, Nate Worth, and Bento Estrela have recently seen time with Red Bulls II.

Marcucci’s Return – In New York’s last match on September 3, AJ Marcucci returned from injury and started for the first time since July 1. The goalkeeper has made 13 starts in net this season, which is tied with Giannis Nikopolidis for the team lead. Marcucci has tallied 39 saves and two clean sheets in 2022.

Last Time Out

New York fell to the Charleston Battery, 3-0, on Saturday, September 3, at Patriots Point. Bento Estrela made his first professional start and logged the full 90 minutes.

Miami and Birmingham Legion FC played to a 1-1 draw against Birmingham Legion FC on Saturday, September 3, at Riccardo Silva Stadium. Lamar Walker scored the club’s goal in the match.

Important Numbers

5 – O’Vonte Mullings is tied for third among USL Championship defenders with five assists.

9 – Nine former Pre-Academy players have appeared in matches this season for Red Bulls II.

14 – Miami leads USL Championship with 14 clean sheets this season. They have allowed the fourth-fewest goals in the league at 34.