|photo by Matt Kremkau
by Anthony J. Merced
There was no bright side according to head coach Ibrahim Sekagya after the New York Red Bulls II 2-1 loss to Toronto FC II on Wednesday night. The game, which seemed poised for the Baby Bulls to win easily, quickly fell apart in the latter stages of the game.
"I don't think we did what our plan was," said Sekagya after the game. "We gave it away, which we looked at as a game that we needed to win. This is exactly a learning one. It's disappointing with all the players, not just seeing one you can name. It was not our day. You just have to learn from this and then we know we have another game coming."
New York Red Bulls II have had a positive first season in MLS Next Pro but the young side has had lapses. Most recently a 1-1 draw against New England Revolution II and now a home loss that kept the team from climbing in the standings.
Both goals came late in the game as Toronto equalized in the 87th minute thanks to an effort by Dekwon Barrow and then a stoppage time stunner by Myles Morgan. Both were second half substitutes and both proved to be enough to take down New York and hand them their seventh loss of the season.
"This is a team in which you give them a chance, they will punish you," said Sekagya. "They showed at the end where they were, that we were not in good shape."
While it is frustrating, New York will have a chance to rebound on Sunday against the Crew 2 in Columbus. The Crew is four points ahead of the Baby Bulls in third place. A win would stop their momentum and push New York on as they approach playoff pressure.