MONTCLAIR – New York Red Bulls II won for the fifth time at home, registering a 2-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at MSU Soccer Park Saturday.
A first-half own goal and a second-half stoppage-time goal by Florian Valot turned out to be the difference in the United Soccer League match in the team’s regular-season home finale.
(12-12-5, 41 points) downed the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, (8-11-11, 35 points) 2-0, Saturday at MSU Soccer Park.
New York (12-12-5, 41 points) came out in dominating fashion, outshooting Pittsburgh 13-0 and outposessing them 78-22 percent in first half (8-11-11, 35).
The hosts got on the scoreboard via an own goal in the 25th minute that came via a Vincent Bezecourt free kick that was redirected into net by Pittsburgh defender Obuchi Obinwa.
NYRB II pressed forward in the second half forcing multiple saves from New Jersey native and goalkeeper Matt Perella. Dan Metzger came close doubling the hosts’ lead in the 79th minute forcing a tip-save aimed for the top corner from Perella.
Pittsburgh nearly equalized six minutes later as former Red Bulls striker Corey Hertzog hit the crossbar in front of an open net but the deflection was kept out.
Red Bulls II sealed the three points in the fourth minute of stoppage time as substitute Dilly Duka worked hard to get a turnover in the Pittsburgh final third and passed it off to Florian Valot who tapped it into an open net for his sixth goal of the season.
New York heads to Florida for a two-game road-trip starting Wednesday with a match against the Tampa Bay Rowdies and ending next Saturday at Orlando City B.
25′ – NY – Abuchi Obinwa (own goal)
90+’ – NY – Florian Valot (Dilly Duka)
Yellow cards: Washington 57′, Walsh 78′, Parkes 86′
Louro; Najem, Ndam, Scarlett, Powder, Metzger, Tinari (Tim Schmoll, 85th minute), Bezecourt, Valot, Flemmings (Dilly Duka, 77th minute), Bonomo (Douglas Martinez, 71st minute)
Perella; Washington, Agbossoumonde, Greenspan, Adewole (Shannon Gomez, 62nd minute), Obinwa (Stephen Okai, 45th minute), Souto, Howell (Chevaughn Walsh, 58th minute), Kerr, Parkes, Hertzog