By Steven Moncayo
On a windy spring day, Smiles are seen across the Red Bulls II training ground when they wrap up their routine training session as last Saturday night the Red Bulls walked away with their first win and clean sheet of the season against Huntsville City FC by a score of 1-0 at MSU Soccer Park.
First @MLSNEXTPRO win in the books for @ISekagya! ✅📚 pic.twitter.com/FkFhUeBtFI
— New York Red Bulls II (@NYRBII) April 18, 2023
Ricardo Gorday, making his first professional start in the match, scored in the 45th minute of the game with an assist from forward Oladayo Thomas. An impressive threaded pass from Thomas left Gorday to run down the endline, cut back, and rip a shot into the far post side netting past the goalkeeper. This was Ricardo Gorday’s first professional goal and Oladayo Thomas’s first professional assist.
Red Bulls II goalkeeper A.J. Marcucci also had a standout performance as he saved one shot from point blank and a few from long range with pace.
New York will travel to Gillette Stadium to face New England Revolution II with kickoff set for 7:00.
New England Revolution II (3-1-0; 9 pts.) sitting in 2nd suffered their first loss of 2023 on Sunday, falling 3-0 to Columbus Crew 2. Although goalless in their last game, Revolution II are still an extremely dangerous team with a total goal output of 10 throughout the season. Jordan Adebayo-Smith is a player to look out for as he recorded two shots with one on target to extend his team lead to 10 shots with four on target this season.
The East London native spent the 2022 season with New York Red Bulls II where he netted seven goals and three assists in 33 USL appearances and will take on his former team for the first time.
If all goes well the Red Bull’s have the chance to move up the table if the three points are secured.