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RECAP: Red Bulls II Dominate, Douse Chicago Fire II 4-1

Photo Credit: New York Red Bulls II

by Garry Redman

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The New York Red Bulls II started off on the right foot and never looked back en route to a dominant 4-1 victory over the Chicago Fire FC II.

The match kicked off with an early goal from Frank Ssebufu in the 13th minute, putting New York in the lead. They continued to showcase their offensive prowess with a goal from O'Vonte Millings in the 25th minute, extending their advantage.

In the second half, the Chicago Fire FC II fought back with a goal from Luka Prpa in the 56th minute, narrowing the gap. However, New York's defense held strong for most of the game.

Ibrahim Kasule was the standout player of the night, scoring two crucial goals for the New York Red Bulls II. His first goal came in the 45th minute, just before halftime, and he sealed the victory with another goal in the 90th minute, completing his brace.

Head coach Ibrahim Sekagaya said after the match, "We talked about it at the end of the season that we have another four finals. We had to go in, and we knew this game was not going to be easy. It’s a difficult game, they are good with the ball, they like the ball. Our mentality from the first half was fantastic with the team.

We knew exactly that we were home, we needed to press high. We got some goals, but when we came back for the second half, I think we dropped a little bit and they had some chances with the ball. They’re young players, the most important is a win for today, then we’ll look into it and we go to the next one."

With this impressive win, the New York Red Bulls II have secured a spot in the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the MLS NextPro Playoffs, displaying their determination and skill on the field. Their fans have much to cheer about as they continue their journey towards the championship.

Starting Lineups:

New York Red Bulls II: Alan Rutkowski; Omar Valencia, Matt Nocita, Juan Gutierrez, Copeland Berkley (Juan Mina, 61’), Peter Stroud, Bento Estrela, Wiki Carmona (Julian Hall, 60’), O’Vonte Mullings (Ronald Donkor, 73’, Rafael Mosquera, 82’), Frank Ssebufu (Jorge Cabezas, 60’), Ibrahim Kasule

Chicago Fire FC II: Jeffrey Gal; Justin Reynolds (Jake Fuderer, 82’), Andres Ueland, Kendall Burks, Charlie Ostrem, Dylan Borso (Missael Rodríguez, 46’), Javier Casas (Michael Nesci, 87’), Luka Prpa, Henrique Gallina (Sergio Oregel, 46’), Omari Glasgow, Billy Hency

Scoring Summary:
13' - New York Red Bulls II - Frank Ssebufu, assisted by Wikelman Carmona
25' - New York Red Bulls II - O'Vonte Mullings, assisted by Ibrahim Kasule
45' - New York Red Bulls II - Ibrahim Kasule, unassisted
56' - Chicago Fire FC II - Luka Prpa, unassisted
90+6' - New York Red Bulls II - Ibrahim Kasule, assisted Rafael Mosquera

Disciplinary Summary:
49' - New York Red Bulls II - Omar Valencia - Yellow Card
55' - New York Red Bulls II - Matt Nocita - Yellow Card
64' - New York Red Bulls II - Jorge Cabezas - Yellow Card

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