LEESBURG, VA - After four frustrating losses filled with mistakes leading to them conceding early goals, the New York Red Bulls II finally get it right. Right from kickoff, they worked their high-press almost to perfection early and often, putting the home side on their heels.
Instead of making the litany of mistakes that have plagued the team during this four-match losing streak, the Red Bulls would be the ones in front as Jake LaCava scored his first goal of the season thanks to a terrific through ball from Caden Clark in the 19th minute.
They almost had an opportunity to double their advantage when Cherif Dieye was fouled in the box by Elvis Amoah in the 24th minute. However, he would fail to capitalize as his attempt was blocked by United goalkeeper Colin Miller.
United would be rewarded in the 40th minute as midfielder Michael Gamble's pass would find a wide-open Kairou Amoustapha, who would dance between the Red Bull defenders to equalize the match at one.
Undaunted, the Red Bulls pressed on, and it paid off. Dantoma (Yaya) Toure, who was subbed in the 35th minute for Sebastian Elney performed his usual magic, using his head to deliver a pass over to Jake LaCava who did not miss, putting the Red Bulls ahead 2-1 in extra time of the first half.
Cheirf Dieye would redeem himself for that blocked penalty earlier with a key tackle in the midfield that launched a break, looked up finding fellow midfielder Caden Clark open who would then tack one more as his goal found the back of the net in the 56th minute.
However, Kairou Amoustapha would not be denied. In the 64th minute, with the ball being deflected by Theodore Ku-Dipietro's shot finding the feet of the United forward, and he did not miss, cutting New York's lead to a goal, 3-2.
Loudon United would get no closer as the Red Bulls defense would make certain the one-goal lead held until the final whistle, ending their four-match losing streak and earning a key victory on the road, and a measure of revenge from their 2-1 loss at home back on August 12.