TUCSON, Ariz. – The Red Bulls played to a draw against Houston Dynamo in their second Desert Diamond Cup match Wednesday afternoon, 2-2.
The Red Bulls moved to 0-1-1 in the competition. They will conclude the competition against an opponent to be determined.
New York’s starting lineup featured two Major League Soccer players, one MLS SuperDraft selection, four trialists, three United Soccer League players from Red Bull II and one academy player.
The Dynamo found the breakthrough in the 35th minute, when Andrew Wenger’s cross was finished at the back post by Mauro Manotas. Houston doubled its lead moments later when Jalil Anibaba headed in a free kick.
New York introduced eight substitutes at halftime. Red Bulls academy player Omir Fernandez scored his first goal for the senior team in the 65th minute, taking advantage of a mistimed back-pass in the penalty box.
Minutes later, Fernandez helped create the tying goal, when his shot rang off the post and fell to trialist Lucas Terci, who finished the rebound to equalize.
HOU: Mauro Manotas (Andrew Wenger) 35’
HOU: Jalil Anibaba (Vicente Sanchez) 41’
NY: Omir Fernandez 65’
NY: Lucas Terci 72’
Red Bulls lineup: Evan Louro; Lucas Batista (Kevin O’Toole, 46’), Tim Schmoll, David Abidor (Hassan Ndam, 46’), David Najem (Ethan Kutler, 46’); Zeiko Lewis (Andrew Tinari, 46’), Arun Basuljevic (Kaz Shigenobu, 46’), Duane Muckette (Brett Nason, 36’; Jake Freeman, 65’), Vincent Bezecourt (Andrew Tinari, 46’); Zach Ryan (Lucas Terci, 46’), Bradley Nestor (Omir Fernandez, 46’)