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Recap: Riverhounds Drop New York Red Bulls II 3-1

Photo courtesy of New York Red Bulls II

Powered by two second-half goals and two assists by Kenardo Forbes, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC continued their ascent up the Atlantic Divison standings, beating the New York Red Bulls II, 3-1. 

With both unbeaten in their last three matches, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds came into MSU Soccer Park to keep pace with the leaders in the Atlantic Divison table. Meanwhile, the New York Red Bulls II were looking to get back into playoff position by winning a key match in front of their home supporters.

New York Red Bulls II was looking to put the match on their terms, right from kickoff, and they nearly had a chance to get on the scoreboard just eight minutes in, but Jeremy Rafanello's freekick clanged off the post.

But then two just minutes later, the Riverhounds would strike first with the game's first goal, Kenardo Forbes delivered a great pass to Alex Dixon, and he slotted past New York goalkeeper A.J Marcucci, scoring his first goal of the 2021 campaign.

The New York Red Bulls II were able to equalize the match in the 28th minute, taking advantage of a turnover, Florian Valot picked up the ball dished it over to Jake LaCava, who passed it over to Sowe, who scored his fourth goal of the season.

Forbes thought he had brought his team in the lead in the 43rd minute, but the goal was negated, when the linesman called it offside. But then in the 52nd minute, the Riverhounds took the lead as Russell Ciccorone took a pass from Kenardo Forbes and danced around the New York defenders as they tried in vain to keep the match level.

The Riverhounds would then tack on yet another goal in the 62nd minute as Alex Dikwa would be the beneficiary of a great pass in front of the box by Alexander Dixon as the visitors began to take full control of the match, making the Red Bulls II chase the game the rest of the way until the final whistle.

For the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, they would run their unbeaten streak to four matches as they climb the table in the Atlantic division, and for the New York Red Bulls II, the evening would end frustratingly as they squandered an opportunity by dropping points at home.

Starting XI:

New York Red Bulls II: A.J. Marcucci, Juan Castillo, Joey Zalinsky, Kyle Zajec, Jason Pendant, Daniel Edelman, Florian Valot (Sam Williams 67’), Jeremy Rafanello (Serge Ngoma 67’), Cameron Harper (Mathias Jørgensen 82’), Omar Sowe, Jake LaCava (Nico Rabiu 88’) 

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: Danny Vitiello, Preston Kilwien, Jalen Robinson, Shane Weidt, Dani Rovira (Louis Perez 78’), Kenardo Forbes, Danny Griffin (Mekeil Williams 78’), Alex Dixon (Ezra Armstrong 88’), Russell Cicerone (Tommy Williamson 82’), Todd Wharton, Albert Dikwa (Anthony Velarde 78’)

Scoring Summary:

10' - Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC - Alex Dixon, assisted by Kenardo Forbes
28' - New York Red Bulls II - Omar Sowe, assisted by Jake LaCava
52' - Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC - Russell Ciccorone, Kenardo Forbes
62' - Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC - Alex Dikwa, assisted by Alexander Dixon

Disciplinary Summary:
32' - Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC – Dani Rovira - Yellow card
42' - New York Red Bulls II – Daniel Edleman - Yellow card
54' - Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC – Daniel Griffin - Yellow card
60' - New York Red Bulls II – Joey Zalinsky - Yellow card

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