Emmanuel Ledesma played a vital role in FC Cincinnati’s comeback win at Red Bull II. (Photo courtesy of the Cosmos)
HARRISON, N.J. – Former Cosmos Emmanuel Ledesma enjoyed a winning return to the metropolitan area, helping FC Cincinnati rally from a one-goal halftime deficit to register a 2-1 victory over Red Bull II at Red Bull Arena Saturday.
Ledesma tallied the equalizer in the 65th minute and Danni König put home the game-winner in the 77th minute as Cincy (7-3-2, 23 points) handed NYRBII its first home loss of the season, snapping a five-game unbeaten streak at RBA.
FC Cincinnati moved back into first place in the Eastern Conference as second-place Louisville (22) and third-place Charleston (20) are inactive this week.
Amando Moreno’s seventh-minute goal put New York (4-3-5, 17) on top through the half, his fifth of the season. Jarde Stroud recorded the assist.
After Red Bull II’s Brian White pushed a penalty-kick attempt high of Evan Newton’s goal in the 63rd minute, Ledesma tied it up three minutes later with a cheeky curling shot up and over goalkeeper Scott Levene, making his Red Bull II debut, in the 65th minute.
As Cincinnati continued to push in the second half, the game-winner came through König in the 77th after Nazmi Albadawi battled to keep the play alive before a crowd of 613.
Wahab Ackwei also made his Red Bull II debut.
NYRB II will return to the newly renovated MSU Soccer Park on the campus of Montclair State University after playing its first six home matches at RBA. Next Saturday, NYRB II face Charlotte Independence at MSU at 7 p.m. ET.
NY – Amando Moreno (Jared Stout) 7’
FCC – Emmanuel Ledesma (Blake Smith) 65’
FCC – Danni König (unassisted) 77’
New York Red Bulls II: Scott Levene, Lucas Stauffe (Jordan Ballon 74’), Niko De Vera, Wahab Ackwei, Kevin Politz, Jared Stroud, Amando Moreno, Cristian Casseres Jr. (Steven Echeverria 63’), Christopher Lema, Andrew Tinari ©, Brian White (Tom Barlow 70’)
Bench: Benjamin Mines, Matthew Frank, Jose Aguinaga, John Murphy
STATS: Shots 13, Shots on target 1, Fouls 14, Corner kicks 4, Offsides 1, Saves 3, Possession 46.2%
FC Cincinnati: Evan Newton, Blake Smith, Forrest Lasso, Paddy Barrett, Justin Hoyte, Richie Ryan ©, Michael Lahoud Kenney Walker 87’), Corben Bone (Jimmy McLaughlin 63’), Nazmi Albadawi, Emmanuel Ledesma, Emery Welshman (Danni König 63’)
Bench: Spencer Richey, Sem de Wit, Matt Bahner, Will Seymore
STATS: Shots 8, Shots on target 5, Fouls 16, Corner kicks 5, Offsides 4, Saves 0, Possession 53.8%
FCC – Emery Welshman (caution) 57’
FCC – Paddy Barrett (cation) 62’
NY – Lucas Stauffer (caution) 69’
FCC – Richie Ryan (caution) 71’
Referee: Ismir Pekmic
Weather: 75 degrees, overcast and humid