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Recap: NYRB II earn a draw with The Miami FC 1-1

The New York Red Bulls II and Miami FC exchanged goals early, and both hit the woodwork late as they shared the points in a 1-1 draw on a stormy Friday night at MSU Soccer Park that was twice halted by lightning during the contest.

Head coach John Wolyniec often stressed the importance of his young team taking control of matches right from kickoff, and in the 7th minute, midfielder Jake LaCava did just that. Taking a great pass in transition from Juan Castillo and he scored his third goal of the season as his shot slipped through the hands of Miami FC goalkeeper Connor Sparrow to put the team ahead, 1-0.

However, the early lead would not last long. Miami FC midfielder Christiano François got around the New York defense and bounced the ball over to Othello Bah at the center of the box, and he slammed home the equalizer in the 24th minute. The game was then briefly paused for about twenty minutes due to heavy thunderstorms in the Northern New Jersey area.

As the darkened skies over MSU Soccer Park began to open up with heavy rain, Miami FC started the second half knocking on the door with some dangerous chances to take the lead. Still, New York Red Bulls II goalkeeper Anthony Marucci was up to the task, making timely saves to keep the match level. 

But before the New York Red Bulls II can muster a counterattack, referee Adam Kilpatrick halted the match, sending the fans and the players for cover for their safety as the heavy thunderstorms forced yet another weather delay.

New York Red Bulls had a great chance to win the match in the 85th minute, but Juan Castillio's shot just glanced off the post, sparing the visitors what would have been a heartbreaking defeat. New York had yet another chance late in the match as Austin Brummett could get a header in the box off a corner kick, but Miami FC goalkeeper Connor Sparrow grabbed the bouncing ball, negating the scoring threat.

Miami had one last chance to snatch three points deep into stoppage time, but the corner kick was well defended by Marucci and his teammates, securing their third draw of the season before heading off on a three-match road trip.

Starting XI:

New York Red Bulls II: Anthony Marucci, John Cortez, Juan Castillo (Samuel Williams 90+1'), Mandela Egbo (c), Emir Tombul, Michael Knapp (Kyle Zajec 61'), Jeremy Rafanello, Daniel Edelman, Jake LaCava (7')(Nico Nee 87'), Rolad Mitchell (Serge Ngoma 59'), Omar Sowe (Austin Brummett 87')

The Miami FC: Connor Sparrow, Othello Bah (24')(Billy Forbes 80'), Janos Loebe (Robert Kcira 59'), Callum Chapman-Page, Paco Craig, Boluwatife Akinode, Christiano François (Pierre Da Silva 59'), Devon Williams, Lamar Walker, Adonijah Reid (Ariel Martinez 61'), Richard Ballard (Junior Palacios '80)

Scoring Summary:
7' - New York Red Bulls II - Jake LaCava, assisted by Juan Castillo
24' - The Miami FC - Othello Bah, assisted by Christiano François

Disciplinary Summary:
21' - New York Red Bulls II - Emil Tombul - Yellow Card
32' - New York Red Bulls II - Juan Castillo - Yellow Card
45+1' - New York Red Bulls - Michael Knapp - Yellow Card
60' - New York Red Bulls II - Serge Ngoma - Yellow Card
62' - The Miami FC - Devon Williams - Yellow Card
67' - New York Red Bulls II - Madela Egbo - Yellow Card
90+5' - New York Red Bulls II - Samuel Williams - Yellow Card


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