SCOUTING REPORT: What to watch for in the USL Eastern Conference Finals

New York Red Bulls II is ready to take on Louisville City FC in the Eastern Conference Finals at Red Bull Arena on Sunday, October 16th at 6:30 p.m. The game will immediately follow the first team’s home game against the Columbus Crew. Tickets are buy one, get one free, as going to the first team’s game will allow you to stay for the Red Bulls II playoff game.

Red Bulls II is the top seed in the USL Playoffs, facing the second seeded Louisville City FC. Both teams are coming off close semifinal victories, with Louisville defeating Charleston Battery and New York defeating Rochester in a PK thriller.

Check out how both teams fared over the regular season:

New York Red Bulls II

Record: 21-3-6

Leading Scorer: Brandon Allen (15)

Assists Leader: Florian Valot (7)

Saves Leader: Ryan Meara (58)

Quarterfinal Result: 4-0 victory over Orlando City B

Semifinal Result: 3-3 (5-4) victory over Rochester Rhinos

Louisville City FC

Record: 16-6-8

Leading Scorer: Jon Chandler Hoffman (14)

Assists Leader: Kyle Smith (6)

Saves Leader: Gregory Ranjitsingh (50)

Quarterfinal Result: 2-0 OT victory over Richmond Kickers

Semifinal Result: 1-0 victory over Charleston Battery

Red Bulls II heads into Sunday looking to continue their momentum after an emotional come-from-behind victory over Rochester Rhinos. The matchup against Louisville will be a battle between teams that were both knocked out by Rochester last season. Louisville hasn’t earned a point against New York to date, so they will be looking for their first ever result against Red Bulls II.

Red Bulls II is led by leading regular season and playoff goal scorer Brandon Allen, who had 15 goals in the regular season and three goals so far in the playoffs. Florian Valot leads NYRB II with seven assists on the season. In goal, Ryan Meara leads the way with just 19 goals allowed through 23 games played.

Red Bulls II has now extended its unbeaten streak to 12 games and has won six consecutive games at Red Bull Arena.

Louisville will be a worthy opponent, as they are unbeaten in seven games, with six wins and one draw leading into Sunday’s match. Louisville City FC is the only team that hasn’t given up a goal through two playoff games.

Jon Chandler Hoffman has led the attack with 14 regular season goals, while Kyle Smith recorded six assists. Goalkeeper Gregory Ranjitsingh has been stingy in goal, allowing only 19 goals in 26 games played. Kadeem Dacres is another name to watch, as he has recorded the most shots (12) so far these playoffs.



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