ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Ten-man Red Bulls II fell to the Tampa Bay Rowdies, 3-2, at Al Lang Stadium in Wednesday night.
Despite the loss, NYRBII (12-13-1, 41 points) still held onto the last United Soccer League playoff place while the Rowdies (49) climbed to 13-7-10.
Jordan Scarlett was issued his second yellow card in the 63rd minute forcing NYRB II to play down a man the rest of the way.
The visitors struck first in the 16th minute of as Stefano Bonomo buried a pass from Vincent Bezecourt past goalkeeper Matt Pickens. The goal was Bonomo’s seventh this season and the assist was Bezecourt’s 10th.
Tampa Bay struck back two minutes later with Joe Cole finding the equalizer.
The Rowdies added two goal more before the end of the half, both scored by Marcel Schafer.
NYRB II pulled one back in the 54th as Junior Flemmings recorded his team-leading ninth goal finishing a long ball over the top from Arun Basuljevic.
Goalkeeper Rafael Diaz kept the deficit at one in the 58th minute making a diving save on a 1v1 with Cole.
NYRB II will play Orlando City B at Orlando City Stadium Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
New York: Stefano Bonomo 16th minute, Junior Flemmings 54th minute
Tampa Bay: Joe Cole 18th minute, Marcel Schafer 25th and 45th minute
New York: Jordan Scarlett 50th minute & 63rd minute (ejected), Junior Flemmings 84th minute
Tampa Bay: Martin Vingaard 23rd minute
New York: Diaz; Kutler, Schmoll, Scarlett, Abidor, Shigenobu (Florian Valot, 84th minute), Basuljevic, Bezecourt, Lewis (David Najem, 68th minute), Flemmings, Bonomo (Ben Mines, 75th minute)
Tampa Bay: Pickens; King, Gorskie, Collins, Portillos, Vingaard, Cole (Keith Savage, 87th minute), Schafer, Morrell (Darwin Jones, 76th minute), Guenzatti (Walter Restrepo, 90th minute), Hristov