|photo from New York Red Bulls II
New York Red Bulls II had one of their best home performances of the season dashed by a late Tampa Bay Rowdies goal as they settled for a draw at MSU Soccer Park on Saturday afternoon. A first have stoppage time goal from Jeremy Rafanello gave New York the lead but they couldn't hold it as Leo Fernandez scored in the 85th minute to take a share of the points for his team.
"We're just out of luck and fortune," said head coach Gary Lewis. "We've given everything, again, I feel like that's been every single week."
The frustrating results have seen a talented but inexperienced New York club start their last season in the USL Championship with a 1-5-1 record. They have just four points after seven games and are quickly seeing their chances of returning to the playoffs diminish before the midway point of the season.
The Tampa Bay Rowdies are one of the best teams in the USL Championship but New York showed more than enough to win the game. Throughout the 90 minutes they showed poise and creativity but lacked the ability to scored the goals that would have sealed the win.
"Them scoring around the 84th minute definitely killed our spirits," said goal-scorer and midfielder Rafanello. "We came back in the locker room definitely knowing that we should have came away easily with three (points). That was definitely a step in the right direction where we can build so early this season."
Red Bulls II remain winless at home this campaign and take to the road against one of the newest and more popular clubs in the league, Detroit City next Saturday.