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Recap: New York Red Bulls fall to Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2-1

With early goals by Todd Wharton and Albert Dikwa despite surrendering a own goal, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds beat the New York Red Bulls II in a hard-fought match to earn their first win at home, 2-1.
The New York Red Bulls II snapped a three-game losing streak in its most recent outing as Jeremy Rafanello had two goals and one assist in a 3-1 victory against the Charlotte Independence on June 16, when the side last took the field and was looking to get three points on the road.

Meanwhile, Head Coach Bob Lilley and his Pittsburgh Riverhounds were looking to build from back-to-back wins to climb up in the Atlantic Division standings. 

The Riverhounds wasted no time getting on the scoreboard early on as Todd Warton socred his first of the season in the 14th minute, taking a great pass from Kenoardo Forbes in the center of the box.

New York was able to answer back in the 26th minute when midfielder Daniel Edelman sent in a corner kick that was dropped by the Riverhounds goalkeeper Daniel Vitello, which Jeremy Rafanello got a touch on the ball, and it went in the net as it bounced off Pittsburgh defender Shane Wiedt.

Just as the Red Bulls II could gather some steam to take the lead, Riverhounds forward Albert Dikwa scored his first of the season just before halftime, taking a great header from Russell Cicerone in the 41st minute, putting the home side up, 2-1, which proved to be the match-winning goal.

Both teams began to press ahead with quality scoring chances. Still, they were thwarted by the heroic efforts of Riverhounds goalkeeper Daniel Vitello protecting the lead and Red Bulls II goalkeeper Luca Lewis making great saves to keep his team in the match.

However, New York would get no closer as Pittsburgh tightened their defense late in the match as the final whistle was blown, handing the Red Bulls II yet another disappointing loss on the road despite a hard-fought performance to level the match.

Starting XI:

Pittsburgh Riverhounds: Pittsburgh Riverhounds: Daniel Vitello, Shane Weidt (26'), Mekeil Williams, Jelani Peters, Daniel Rovira, Danny Griffin, Todd Wharton (14'), Hugh Dixon (Anthony Velarde 60'), Kenardo Forbes (c), Russell Cicerone (Preston Kilwien 60'), Albert Dikwa (41')

New York Red Bulls II: New York Red Bulls II: Luca Lewis, Joseph Zalinsky, Mandela Egbo (c), Emir Tombul, Juan Castillo (John Cortez 73'), Michael Knapp, Daniel Edelman, Jeremy Rafanello (Austin Brummett 60'), Jake LaCava, Omar Sowe (Nico Nee 83'), Roald Mitchell (Serge Ngoma '60)

Scoring Summary:
14' - (Pittsburgh Riverhounds) Todd Wharton, assisted by Kenardo Forbes
26' - (New York Red Bulls II) Own Goal, credited to Pittsburgh Riverhounds Shane Weidt
41' - (Pittsburgh Riverhounds) Albert Dikwa, assisted by Russell Cicerone

Disciplinary Summary:
45' - (New York Red Bulls II) Joseph Zalinski - Yellow Card
58' - (Pittsburgh Riverhounds) Shane Weidt - Yellow Card


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