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Red Bulls II Drop Home Opener to Loudoun

photo from New York Red Bulls II

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Tyler Freeman scored a brace, and Jacob Green added another as Loudoun United came in and effectively spoiled the home opener for the New York Red Bulls II, 3-0 at MSU Soccer Park Saturday afternoon.

Unlike the torrential downpour that the team had to endure in Atlanta , this time around, the weather was much more cooperative, albeit under overcast skies in Northern New Jersey.

The Red Bulls II started the match on the right foot early on, but was quickly reduced to 10 men after Christopher Craigwell was sent off with red card after a very reckless tackle to Jackson Hopkins in the 26th minute. 

Despite losing an outfield player for the second straight match, the hosts had a golden chance just 10 minutes later when Sam Williams intercepted a pass and immediately forund John Murphy, who flicked the ball over to Jordan Abadayo-Smith for a low finished that was keenly blocked by Loudoun United goalkeeper Luis Zamudio.

But it would be the visitors that would be the ones on the scoreboard in the 52nd minute as forward Tyler Freeman found the back of the net, taking a great pass from midfielder Michael Gamble. Freeman would strike again just eight minutes later, as he and midfielder Jeremy Garay combine to double the lead for United, stunning the home crowd into silence.

After head coach Gary Lewis made some substitutions to inject some life in his side's listless attack, Loudoun United would the put the match out of reach in the 76th minute when Jacob Greene raced down the right side and buried his shot past a helpless AJ Marcucci to seal the match for good.


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