MONTCLAIR, N.J. (August 7, 2021) – New York Red Bulls II (3-9-4, 13 points) fell to the Tampa Bay Rowdies (10-6-0, 30 points), 2-1, on Friday, August 6 at MSU Soccer Park.
New York started the match strong and opened the scoring in the 9th minute as forward Jake LaCava found the back of the net off a shot from just inside the box. In the 33rd minute, Tampa Bay equalized on a header from forward Jordan Adebayo-Smith.
Two minutes into the second half, New York goalkeeper Luca Lewis saved a shot on a Tampa Bay breakaway, which trickled out of play. On the ensuing Rowdies corner kick, New York was able to clear out the initial attempt, but Tampa Bay sent in a low cross which was headed into the back of the net by defender Max Lachowecki to give the visitors the lead.
New York almost evened the score in the 66th minute, as midfielder Jeremy Rafanello’s shot went off the post after there was a scramble in front of the net.
The goal for LaCava was his fourth of the season, moving him into a tie for the team lead with Rafanello and forward Omar Sowe. Forward Serge Ngoma recorded his first professional assist on the goal.
New York Red Bulls II will remain at home to face Charlotte Independence on Tuesday, August 10. Kickoff from MSU Soccer Park is set for 7:00 p.m. ET, with coverage being available on ESPN+.