HARRISON, N.J. – With a United Soccer League playoff spot secured, Red Bulls II head to Rochester, N.Y. to face the Rochester Rhinos as both teams prep for the playoffs.
The match is set for Capelli Sport Stadium Saturday at 6:05 p.m.
Sitting in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, sixth-place NYRB II (13-13-5, 44 points) will look to continue momentum into the postseason. The Rhinos are 12-7-11 with 50 points.
NYRB II was the top overall seed in 2016 as they hosted all their playoff matches at Red Bull Arena en route to winning the USL Cup.
On Thursday night, the Red Bulls II clinched a playoff spot without playing as the Tampa Bay Rowdies defeated Orlando City B, 2-0.
“To get in, it’s great,” Red Bulls II head coach John Wolyniec said. “It obviously was a goal of ours. Guys have done well to achieve it, we’ve really performed well over a long stretch towards the end of the year when the games mattered and I think that’s important to us and for the development of our players so we’re real happy about that and we get to play in a playoff game. Anything can happen in the playoffs and we feel really good about where we’re at and hopefully we can continue those good performances with that little bit of momentum we have going into the playoffs.”
Saturday’s match will be the third meeting of this season between the two sides. NYRB II drew in the first meeting in Rochester and defeated the Rhinos, 2-1, at MSU Soccer Park in August. That August result was NYRB II’s first regular season win in regulation against the Rhinos in their short history.
New York enters the match riding high on an offensive wave, scoring six goals at Orlando City B in its most recent match.
Rochester has given up 27 goals in 31 matches this season and have a chance to host a home playoff match with a win.
Red Bulls II has never defeated Rochester away from home.
Florian Valot enters the match on fire with seven goals in his last eight games. Stefano Bonomo, reigning USL player of the week, is also playing well in the attacking end, scoring four goals in his last two matches.
Following Saturday’s match, NYRB II’s eyeballs will be on the scoreboard to see where the top three seeds fall. NYRB II will face either Louisville, Charleston, Charlotte or Tampa Bay in the USL playoffs.