New York Red Bulls II have had a tough time winning points at home as they've now played four games at MSU Soccer park and still haven't won. The bad run of form has frustrated head coach John Wolyniec who knows that winning at home in the USL is one of the best ways to secure a playoff spot.
"I think a young team allows some results to affect the next results," said Wolyniec about his team's current form. "We just let the fact that we haven't won at home yet get into our brain and allowed it to affect us. We have to be able to grow and move beyond that and just take the next game as it comes."
The most frustrating part is that New York has had trouble scoring goals at home. It is the second time this season that they have been shut out at MSU Soccer Park, first to Miami FC and now to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Veteran clubs appear to take advantage of the young squad, forcing them into mistakes and not allowing them back into the game.
With the structure of this year's USL Championship, there isn't much room for error. New York is locked in a division with veteran clubs such as Pittsburgh and Charleston. They also see less of the MLS reserve teams than they would in years pass, giving them less chances to pad their stats across the league. It is a steep learning curve for the players and they are stumbling through the early part of the campaign.
"I thought this was an opportunity for us," said Wolyniec. "We just have to learn from it and get better and be able to have a little bit more of a consistent mentality. Hopefully we can start that on Wednesday."
New York has a quick turnaround as they welcome the always tough Tampa Bay Rowdies to Montclair on Wednesday. The Rowdies have gone undefeated thus far in 2021, winning all four of their games. A win over the 2020 Eastern Conference champions could go a long way towards helping the team regain their confidence.