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RECAP: Miami FC Shuts Out NYRB II, 2-0

photo from New York Red Bulls II

New York Red Bulls II travel down to South Florida to take on The Miami FC, a team that has already qualified for the USL Championship playoffs, while John Wolyniec's team is playing out the season, trying to build what little momentum they have in these next two matches.

Miami FC quickly got on the scoreboard just 18 minutes in the match. Kyle Zajec's foul on Pierre Da Silva set up a free kick in New York's defensive half. Then after the ball was put in play, forward Joshua Pérez darted down the sideline and got off a cross toward the center of the goal, where Adonijah Reid was right in front of the net to score the goal from close range.

The Red Bulls II started the second half looking to even the match by pressing Miami FC on their half of the pitch. They started making inroads in the 60th minute with Jake LaCava taking a great pass from Steve Sserwadda, but his chance drifted wide to his left. 

In the 83rd minute, New York was pressing to even the match, but Jake LaCava's shot was saved by Sparrow. Chris Cortez then launched a fast break in the other direction, and his pass found Christiano Francios, and slotted the ball past Marcucci in the left corner of the net, for his eleventh of the season, putting the home side up by two.

While the clean sheet helps Miami FC gets them ready for the playoffs, New York Red Bulls II now heads back east for their season finale versus Loudoun United on Saturday afternoon.

Starting XI:

The Miami FC: Connor Sparrow, Sean McFarlane (Richard Ballard 65’), Callum Chapman-Page, Robert Kcira (Janos Loebe 65’), Paco Craig; Devon Williams, Boluwatife Akinyode, Pierre Da Silva, Josh Pérez (Bah Othello 65’) (Ariel Martínez 84’), Lamar Walker (Chris Cortez 71’); Adonijah Reid (Christiano François 65’)

New York Red Bulls II: AJ Marcucci, Jason Pendant (Curtis Ofori 90+1’), Issiar Dramé (Emir Tombul HT), Juan Castillo, JC Cortez (Michael Knapp HT); Kyle Zajec, Daniel Edelman (Mathias Jørgensen 81’), Steven Sserwadda (Sam Williams 70’), Omar Sowe, Jake LaCava; Luther Archimede (Jeremy Rafanello 59’)

Scoring Summary:
18' (The Miami FC) Joshua Pérez assisted by Adonija Reid
83' (The Miami FC) Christiano Françios assisted by Chris Cortez

Disciplinary Summary:
29' (New York Red Bulls II) Kyle Zajec - Yellow card
48' (The Miami FC) Robert Kcira - Yellow card
68' (The Miami FC) Callum Chapman-Page - Yellow card
68' (New York Red Bulls) Jake LaCava - Yellow card


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