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March to the Match: at NYRBII

WHO:

New York Red Bulls II, 5-5-2, 17 points, 4th place Eastern Conference

WHAT:

Yet another USL away match

WHEN:

Sunday, June 11, 2017, 4:00 p.m.

WHERE:

The Baby Bulls have a new home! Sort of! Most of this season’s home matches will be played at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey. If you’re willing to leave that concrete jungle where dreams are made of, you can find the Sugar Frees at Pittser Field, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07043.

WATCH:

You should try and join Joe Vala for a match up there some time just to see him in his element. Otherwise, this one’s gonna be on WDRB-41 and on the airwaves on 840 WHAS.We’ve finally made the big time!

Louisville City’s having a watch part at BoomBozz Taphouse in Jeffersonville. Against the Grain, Saints, Molly Malone’s, and Great Flood Brewing will all have the game on TV, and you’re encouraged to go put it on at the Outback in St. Matthews if only to piss off golf fans. I’m a golf fan, and I doubly encourage you to do that.

If you, like me, plan on watching it from a mobile device next to a swimming pool of some fashion, you can catch it on the old fashioned intertubes right here.

WHO, AGAIN?

New York Red Bulls II are a mystery wrapped in an enigma. They’re a “2” team, which should make them bad. But last year they were awesome and won the USL Championship. They have really, really good players. They have a very good coach. They score a lot of goals, not matter what season it is.

This year’s team is not last year’s, partially due to the fact that Tyler Adams has matriculated to the first team. The Baby Bulls have found the back of the net 22 times in 12 games, but they’ve given up 23 to the opposition. Like Louisville, they like to possess the ball, and usually end up with most of it over 90 minutes. As a function of that, they’re a pretty good passing team.

However, as I mentioned, their defense is leaky. Nearly 2 goals per game conceded is not a winning formula. The fact that they’re so high in the table with five losses is pretty crazy. This is a weakness Louisville City will need to exploit, because many of New York’s attacking pieces are still there: Junior Flemmings, Florian Valot, Vincent Bezecourt, and of course Brandon Allen.

The Montclair Red Bulls have also conceded four penalties so far this season, so it would behoove our attackers to try and spend some time in the opposite 18 yard box just in case someone wants to go in two footed like an idiot.

Louisville City has never beaten NYRBII. They’ve never even drawn. Sunday’s match represents a good chance to try and even up that score a little bit. LET’S DO IT.