New York Red Bulls II suffered another loss at home on Wednesday night against the Tampa Bay Rowdies but head coach John Wolyniec sees the upside in what has been a horrible start to the campaign. The very young squad has had stretches of strong play, including nearly finding an equalizer late in the game, but have been unable to do it for longer stretches.
"We need to be a little braver," said Wolyniec about his team's play late in the game. "I think we started to find some spaces, make some plays, we probably needed to be a bit more intelligent about how we go about attacking that team but we certainly did start to create some things and not enough for our standards."
New York has dangerous options on offense. We've seen Jake LaCava and Omar Sowe stand out as potential break out players. Roald Mitchell has also found a niche in the past few games but the combination of players has not led to a goal-scoring outburst that could see this team string wins together.
Part of the problem is the disjointed play through a game. The team has yet to put together a full 90-minute performance. Instead they show flashes of what works well from training and other moments of collapse which lead to concession. While frustrating, Wolyniec and his coaching staff know that it is to be expected, especially with a team so young stuck in a division with veteran sides like Tampa Bay.
The Rowdies consist of very experienced players such as Sebastian Guenzatti, Leo Fernandes and Forest Lasso. Combined with players formerly from New York Red Bulls II like Evan Louro and Jordan Scarlett, and you have a proper mix of veteran and young players that has the Rowdies atop the league.
"We'll have to make some changes in the lineup," said Wolyniec about the upcoming game against Hartford. "Now it's time to turn around quick and be ready to play against another good team in Hartford."