Red Bulls II Follow in First Team’s Footsteps
New York Red Bulls II are currently on an unbeaten streak of their own, having earned points in nine straight games, including eight wins. This mirrors the first team, which currently holds a 16-game unbeaten streak in all contests.
NYRB II shuts out FC Montreal
New York Red Bulls II last played on Saturday, September 17th in a home victory against FC Montreal. The 4-0 victory saw Kyle Reynish make six saves, and the Red Bulls II show off their scoring depth. Brandon Allen, Florian Valot, Derrick Etienne Jr., and Stefano Bonomo all scored in the game. Allen also contributed two assists, while Etienne Jr. and Valot each added one as well.
With this win, the Red Bulls II upped their first place record to 20-3-6, for a total of 66 points. New York has won the USL Regular Season Title, clinching the best record in the USL, and home field advantage in the playoffs. With the victory, Red Bulls II improved to 8-2-4 at home.
Next Up: Charleston Battery
Charleston Battery is currently fifth in the Eastern Conference standings, with a record of 13-7-9. They have been uneven of late, with a 2-2-1 record in their last five games. This is the second matchup between the two teams, with Red Bulls II having lost the first game at home, 2-3.
Romario Williams leads the Battery attack with 10 goals on the season. Maikel Chang and Justin Portillo round out the offense, with six goals apiece and 10 assists combined. This game can mean the difference between fourth and seventh place in the final standings, so look out for a motivated Charleston team. Red Bulls II is 12-1-2 this season on the road.
Records and Accolades
New York Red Bulls II is looking to tie the single season shutouts record set by the 2015 Rochester Rhinos, as they have 16 shutouts this season, just one shy of the league record.
NYRB II is the first MLS-operated team to capture the USL Regular Season Title and have done so in record fashion, winning with three games remaining in the regular season.
Red Bulls II’s 12-1-2 road record is four more points than the league’s previous record.
New York’s 20 wins and 66 points set the league record, previously held by Orlando City SC since 2014.
New York has also scored 59 goals, which surpasses Orlando’s 2014 record of 56 goals.
Vincent Bezecourt was named to the USL Team of the Week for Week 25, due to his impressive three goals and one assist in two games. He finished second in the voting for player of the week as well. Noah Powder was also named to the bench.
Brandon Allen was named to the USL Team of the Week for Week 26, for his excellent one goal and two assist performance against FC Montreal. Florian Valot also earned bench honors.
Brandon Allen is tied for third in the Golden Boot Race, with 14 goals. The current leaders each have 15.