|photo by Matt Kremkau
by Anthony J. Merced
A second half own-goal spoiled a sparkling first half performance for New York as they draw with Charlotte FC at Bank of American Stadium on Saturday night. A first half goal from Elias Manoel capped off a solid start to the game but the team fell into their sluggish habits in the second half and invited an eventual comeback from the home team.
New York started the game strong, physically pushing around Charlotte and forcing questionable fouls that could have been considered red cards by the opposition. The team continued to push with solid efforts on goal and converting just before the half time whistle. A misplay by the Charlotte defense opened the door for an advancing Manoel who beat the Charlotte keeper and rewarded a Red Bulls team that seemed more than up to the occasion.
Everything changed in the second half with New York coming out of the locker room sluggish. Charlotte pressed forward and forced the Red Bulls to make their own fouls, stunting any momentum the away team might have had. Charlotte found the equalizer in the 74th minute when a ball into the box was knocked into his own net by Andreas Reyes.
From there the game continued with a high level of physicality with both teams committing borderline fouls. Both teams had late chances but none were able to find the back of the net.
It is New York's third draw of the season as they still look for consistency in the 2023 season. Dante Vanzeir continues to come off the bench and other substitutes like Tom Barlow are not producing enough moving forward.
The Red Bulls will remain on the road next week as they travel to Mercedes Benz Stadium to play Atlanta United.
New York Red Bulls: Coronel; D. Nealis (78' Duncan), Reyes, S. Nealis, Harper (71' Vanzeir), Amaya, Edelman, Tolkin, Fernandez (88' Ndam), Luquinhas, Manoel (78' Barlow)
Charlotte FC: Marks; Lindsev, Malanda, Byrne, Afful, Nuno Santos (81' Bender), Jones, Bronico, Gaines (68' Mello), Copetti, Varges