CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Not even the addition of Derrick Etienne, Jr. could save Red Bulls II from a losing fate Thursday night.
The Independence rolled to a 5-1 United Soccer League victory over New York (3-3-2).
Etienne, Jr., a member of the Red Bulls squad, was added to the NYRBII side prior to the kickoff.
Junior Flemmings gave the Red Bulls II a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute, burying a toe-poke shot at the near post.
Charlotte answered with two goals within a five-minute span. Jorge Herrera finished a rebound in the 38th minute. Callum Ross gave the Independence the lead in the 43rd on a header.
In the second-half, the Independence struck three more goals from Enzo Martinez (51st minute), David Estrada (82nd minute) and Jaime Saij (90+, stoppage time).
Red Bulls II returns home to Red Bull Arena on Sunday, where they will take on LA Galaxy II at 9 p.m.
New York: Junior Flemmings (21’)
Charlotte: Jorge Herrera (38’), Callum Ross (43’), Enzo Martinez (51’), David Estrada (82’), Jaime Saij (90+’)
New York: Evan Louro, David Najem (Andrew Tinari, 69’), Hassan Ndam, Tim Schmoll, Justin Bilyeu, Arun Basuljevic, Dan Metzger, Vincent Bezecourt, Derrick Etienne Jr., Junior Flemmings (Ben Mines, 73’), Brandon Allen (Florian Valot, 64’)
Charlotte: Cody Mizell, Donald Smith, Henry Kalungi, Luke Waechter, Joel Johnson, Jun Marques Davidson (Lewis Hilton, 88’), Callum Ross, Alex Martinez, David Estrada (Jaime Siaj, 84’), Jorge Herrera (Yann Ekra, 80’), Enzo Martinez
New York: Dan Metzger (Caution, 34’), Justin Bilyeu (Caution, 45+’), Hassan Ndam (Caution, 72’)
Charlotte: Jun Marques Davidson (Caution, 25’), Donnie Smith (Caution, 36’)