MONTCLAIR, N.J. (September 15, 2021) – New York Red Bulls II (4-15-4, 16 points) suffered a 2-1 defeat to San Antonio FC (10-6-7, 37 points) on Wednesday night at MSU Soccer Park.
New York had a few early chances in the match, including a shot from midfielder Jake LaCava that forced the San Antonio goalkeeper to make a diving save to his left. The visitors struck first in the 33rd minute when midfielder Jose Gallegos placed the ball in the bottom left corner on a breakaway.
San Antonio doubled their advantage three minutes into the second half, but then went down to 10 men in the 52nd minute after midfielder Mohammed Abu picked up his second yellow card of the match. New York took advantage, scoring a few minutes later when midfielder Kyle Zajec found the bottom left corner off a feed from midfielder Jeremy Rafanello.
New York had a few more chances down the stretch, but San Antonio stood strong to win their third match in their last five attempts.
The goal for Zajec was his first of the season and the fifth of his professional career. Rafanello’s team-leading sixth assist moved him into a tie for sixth in the USL Championship. Goalkeeper Sam Joseph recorded a season-high five saves in the contest.
New York will remain home to host Memphis 901 FC on Sunday, September 19. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET with coverage on ESPN+.