Fidel Escobar scored Red Bulls II first goal. (Photo courtesy of MLS)
HARRISON, N.J. — Red Bulls II struck four times in the second half as it rolled to a 5-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rowdies in a United Soccer League game at Red Bull Arena Saturday.
Stefano Bonomo scored one goal and set up two others and second-half substitutes Brian White added two late goals as Red Bulls II (9 points) improved to 3-1-1, including 3-0-0 at home. Tampa Bay fell to 3-2-0.
The hosts opened the scoring off a corner kick in the 18th minute via the Red Bulls’ first-team loanees. Carlos Rivas took possession of the corner kick and swung it back in for Fidel Escobar, who finished near post.
In the 53rd minute, Ethan Kutler sent a through ball into the 18-yard box for Bonomo, who passed back to Jose Aguinaga at the top of the box. Aguinaga hit a one-timer that curled to the far post to double the lead. It was Aguinaga’s second goal in as many matches.
Bonomo got himself on the scoresheet as he sent his shot just underneath the cross bar in the 61st minute for his first of the season.
Brian White, a first-round selection in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, came on in the 74th minute for Rivas and bagged a brace in a six-minute span to cap the match off.
Goalkeeper Evan Louro recorded two saves for his first clean sheet of the season.
NY – Fidel Escobar 1 (Carlos Rivas) 18′
NY – Jose Aguinaga 2 (Stefano Bonomo) 53′
NY – Stefano Bonomo 1 (Amando Moreno) 61′
NY – Brian White 2 (Stefano Bonomo) 84′
NY – Brian White 3 (Jared Stroud) 90′
TB – Joe Cole (caution, argument) 25′
NY – Fidel Escobar (caution, argument) 25′
NY – Cristian Casseres, Jr. (caution, foul) 28′
TB – Jack Blake (caution, foul) 77′
NY – Christopher Lema (caution, foul) 85′
New York Red Bulls II: Evan Louro; Ethan Kutler, Niko De Vera, Fidel Escobar, Hassan Ndam, Cristian Casseres, Jr., Amando Moreno, Andrew Tinari ©, Jose Aguinaga (Jared Stroud, 84′), Carlos Rivas (Brian White, 74′), Stefano Bonomo
TOTAL SHOTS: 10; SHOTS ON GOAL: 6; FOULS: 12; OFFSIDE: 2; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 2
Tampa Bay Rowdies: Cody Mizell; David Najem (Ivan Magalhaes, 23′), Zac Portillos, Hunter Gorskie, Neill Collins, Jack Blake, Junior Flemmings (Sebastian Guenzatti, 62′), Joe Cole © (Jochen Graf, 75′), Marcel Shafer, Leo Fernandes, Georgi Hristov
TOTAL SHOTS: 11; SHOTS ON GOAL: 2; FOULS: 15; OFFSIDE: 5; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 1