(photo from Philadelphia Union II)
New York Red Bulls II won their first game of the abbreviated 2020 season in grand style as five different players found the net at Subaru Park, downing the Philadelphia Union II, 5-1
Earlier in the day, the team announced that head coach John Wolyniec did not make the trip with the team following an initial positive test for COVID-19. Subsequent tests had come back negative, Wolyniec had to forego travel out of an abundance of caution while awaiting a follow-up test.
As for the match, the frenetic pace was entertaining to watch as both teams traded chances. It didn't take very long for the Red Bulls to get on the scoreboard, just 10 minutes in. Deri Corte opens his account for the season by slotting one past the keeper for a 1-0 lead. Shortly after the second half began, Selmir Miscic equalized for the Philadelphia Union II with a header in the 46th minute to bring the match level at one apiece.
All the momentum the Union II had was quickly dashed by series of goals by the Red Bulls' potent attack. First, it was Roy Boateng's goal off a header in the 53rd minute to restore the lead for the visitors. Then Daniel Edelman would score on a counterattack one just three minutes later to put the Red Bulls up by two. Six minutes after that, Sebastian Elney scored from a through ball by Deri Corte on a breakaway to make it 4-1 for New York.
And finally, the Red Bulls wrapped up the scoring with 15 minutes to go as Datouma Toure coming off the bench, weaving past a pair of Union II defenders to the top of the six-yard area, slipped a pass to Omar Sowe scored the fifth goal for the Red Bulls with a tap-in from close range.
With the win, New York Red Bulls II moves up to third place in Group F right behind the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC and Hartford Athletic.
Man of the Match:Deri Corfe - Had a goal and an assist, recorded four shots and three key passes to help power a relentless Red Bulls II attack that recorded 22 shots overall.
Author: Garry Redman