Red Bulls II Romp Past Rowdies

HARRISON, N.J. – The New York Red Bulls II took their third consecutive home victory to start the season as they romped to a 5-0 win against the Tampa Bay Rowdies on Saturday afternoon at Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls II took the lead in the 18th minute when the hosts kept a corner kick from the right alive, and a low ball by Carlos Rivas found Fidel Escobar for a first-time finish to the right corner. New York almost doubled its lead nine minutes before halftime but Rowdies goalkeeper Cody Mizell made an excellent low save to deny Stefano Bonomo from 15 yards, but eight minutes after the break a clever layoff by Bonomo set up Jose Aguinaga for a driven finish to the top-left corner to give the hosts a two-goal advantage. Tampa Bay almost pulled one back immediately when Leo Fernandes was unable to get his header on goal, and a few minutes later Junior Flemmings was denied by a great save by Red Bulls II goalkeeper Evan Louro, but in the 61st minute Bonomo got free to finish as a low cross from the right made it through to the left side of the penalty area. The Rowdies threatened again with just over 20 minutes to go as Louro produced another good save to keep out Fernandes before Marcel Schäfer curled the rebound wide, but New York wrapped up the win with two goals in the final six minutes as Brian White notched a pair of goals to wrap up an emphatic victory.

18’ – NY – Fidel Escobar (Carlos Rivas)
53’ – NY – Jose Aguinaga (Stefano Bonomo)
61’ – NY – Stefano Bonomo (Amando Moreno)
84x’ – NY – Brian White (Stefano Bonomo)
90’ – NY – Brian White (Jared Stroud)