New York Red Bulls II extended their winless streak at MSU Soccer Park with a 1-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rowdies on Wednesday night. The game's only goal came in the 32nd minute as a defensive lapse opened the door for Jordan Adebayo-Smith to score.
The first half was dominated by Tampa who imposed their will over their younger opponents. Numerous scoring opportunities presented themselves but goalkeeper Anthony Marcucci was more than up for the task. His saves kept New York alive until the first goal. A precise pass from Jordan Doherty split the Red Bulls' defense and Adebayo-Smith run past two defenders for a one-on-one opportunity. With a calm finish, he slotted the ball past Marcucci for the goal.
New York came out for the second half with more energy and controlled the pace of play. Their opportunities were limited but they nearly equalized after creating chaos in the box in the 90th minute. Rowdies keeper Evan Louro was unable to get control of the ball but no Red Bulls player could convert the chance either.
Red Bulls II once again drop points at home in 2021, sending their record to a dismal 1-4-2. In five home games they have only been able to garner one point. The poor form at home may come back to be a deciding factor in their run for a playoff birth. All of this happened with reinforcement from the first team with Tom Barlow joining the offense for the game.
New York continues their season on Saturday with a trip to Dillon Stadium to play the Hartford Athletic.
New York Red Bulls II: Marcucci; Zalinsky, Egbo, Tombul, Tolkin, Knapp (45' Castillo), Edelman, LaCava (67' Sowe), Carmona (78' Acosta), Barlow, Mitchell (83' Ngoma)
Tampa Bay Rowdies: Louro; Scarlett, Lasso, Guillen, Antley (63' Dalgaard), Hilton, Doherty (62' Ekra), Fernandes, Adebayo-Smith (68' Langsdorf), Steinberger, Guenzatti