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Red Bulls II Start 2022 with Loss in Miami

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New York Red Bulls II start the 2022 with a loss in Miami to a Miami FC team that showed their experience and class to be a level above Gary Lewis' young team. A goal in both halves, first from Josh Perez and then from Mark Segbers, made sure that New York went back to the drawing room in search of new tactics.

New York started the game with a few questions. One was the decision to start defender Jason Pendant in an offensive position. Positionally the team was able to hold possession at times but were picked apart with better passing in the final third. 

The first example came in the 11th minute when a series of passes saw Segbers open long enough to send a dangerous cross in front of goal. Perez dove with a header to put it past AJ Marcucci for the opening goal. 

New York showed little in response with a total of 8 shots in the game and only one on goal. By contrast, Miami 5 on target, one being the second goal in the 73rd minute. Segbers capped off his Man-of-the-Match performance with a goal off of a rebound opportunity. A shot that rang off of Marcucci found the foot of Segbers for the second goal. 

New York started the season as badly as they finished 2021. Whether they can make a course correction heading into next week's game remains to be seen. However, the experience of independent USL Championship teams have proven to be a rough spot for New York that will need to be addressed if the team plans on qualifying for the playoffs.

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