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PDL Recap: Red Bulls U-23s start off strong in season opener

HANOVER, N.J. (May 21, 2016) – The New York Red Bulls U-23 opened up their Premier Development League season Saturday with a 2-1 win over Jersey Express.

On a rainy night, Arun Basuljevic opened the scoring in the 22nd minute after receiving a pass from the Oakland, N.J. native, Zach Knudson. The Red Bulls back line intercepted a pass as it sparked a counter attack. Knudson slipped a ball to Basuljevic, where the midfielder calmly netted the ball into the corner.

A strong Red Bulls performance protecting a 1-0 lead came to a halt when a handball inside their own box resulted in a penalty kick. Jersey Express midfielder Oscar Otto stepped up and evened the match in the 62nd minute.

In the 86th minute, second half substitute Nicholas Melo curled a shot with his right foot into the side netting to give the Red Bulls a 2-1 lead after a quick build up down the right side.    

The teams will meet two more times during the regular season in June and July.

The Red Bulls U-23s return to action on Wednesday, May 25 at the Red Bulls Training Facility to host the Baltimore Bohemians at 7 p.m.

Scoring Summary (Assists in parenthesis):

  • NY: Arun Basuljevic (Zach Knudson) 22’
  • Jersey Express: Oscar Otto (PK) 62’
  • NY: Nicholas Melo 86’

Lineups:

NY: Eric Klenofsky, Kevin Politz, David October, Chris Flores, Jannick Loebe, Steven Echavarria, Chris Lema, Arun Basuljevic, Zach Knudson (Alex Tejera, 68’), Anderson Asiedu (Jared Stroud, 58’), Juan Sanchez (Nicholas Melo, 76’)

Jersey Express: David Greczek, Max Brodarzon, Sylvain N'Guessan, Matt Mahoney, Milorad Sobot, Raj Kohlon, Martin Williams (Jack Pounce, 46’), Chris Karcz, Oscar Otto, Romario Goulart (Louis Riego, 75’), Alex Bilay (Tommaso Centemero, 60’)

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