(Photo courtesy of Reading United AC)
Looking to redeem themselves after a 3-1 loss their last time in Whippany, New Jersey, the PDL first team heads back to the Red Bulls training facility for a rematch between the New York Red Bulls U23 (3-1-0) and FA Euro New York (0-4-0).
The PDL first team is coming into Tuesday’s contest after falling to Reading United AC two to nil on Saturday. The PDL first team squandered seven chances to score in the game and have now been shut out in back to back affairs. The last time FA Euro scored a goal, forward Robi Sillah sent one into the upper 90 against the Red Bulls U23 squad in their second game of the season.
In their last go around against Red Bulls U23, the PDL first team surrendered three goals in a game they wanted to quickly forget. The first goal came off of a shot that deflected off Momodou Sawaneh and into the net. The second goal was the result of a penalty shot after FA Euro defender Domonique Marvens was called for a hand ball in the box. The last goal was the most controversial, coming off of a questionable corner kick given to the Red Bulls in the 58’ minute.
“We know we've had a tough schedule and have played against top teams in our conference these past four games but that serves no excuse,” said defender Leo Folla. “We know already how demanding and tough the PDL is and especially our conference. Going into Red Bulls we have to be ready to not make any costly mistakes, and to punish then with any chances we get. I think that’s what's missing from our team, the killer instinct to score, and the mental toughness and focus to remain switched on for 90min. I think if we are able to switch those two things on for today it will be anyone's game."
FA Euro enters Tuesdays game still dealing with some key injuries. Starting defender Nico Anderson will be out for the second consecutive match after spraining his ankle in the first matchup between these two teams. Also sitting out of the game with injuries are forward Naeem Charles and defender Khalid Al Saud. Forward Robi Sillah will be sitting out of this contest as he continues to serve his five game suspension handed to him after an incident in the May 15th match vs Red Bulls.
"Red Bulls are a strong team and we’re excited for the rematch," said starting keeper Oliver Foss Hansen. "We’ve got some players back that didn’t play last game so it’ll be a great game and hopefully we can come out on top with the win."
Since defeating FA Euro two weeks ago, the Red Bulls U23 team has won two consecutive games including a decisive 4-0 win over Ocean City on Sunday.
Tuesdays contest is set to begin at 8:00 PM at the Red Bulls Training Facility in Whippany, New Jersey. Follow Tuesday’s game with live updates from our Twitter feed by following @faeuro.