The Red Bulls dropped to 0-2 this season. (Photo courtesy of Red Bulls II)
HARRISON, N.J. — In the first regular aseason match in pro sports played in the metro area since March, Red Bulls II dropped a 1-0 decision to Hartford Athletic in an USL Championship action Friday night.
Ever Guzman scored in the 12th minute, running onto a long punt from goalkeeper Parfait Mandanda that fell between the Red Bulls backline and keeper Wallis Lapsley in the closed door match at Red Bull Arena.
NYRB II fell to 0-2-0, having lost at Tampa Bay in the March opener prior to the suspension of the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eight players with ties to Red Bulls Academy saw action, including Academy signee Jake LaCava and current academy players Yaya Toure and Daniel Edelman. Red Bulls Regional Development School graduate Kyle Zajec captained the team. Six players made their professional debuts, including LaCava, Toure and Edelman. Cherif Dieye and Deri Corfe, 2020 draft picks, also saw their first professional minutes in the match.
The match was Futures Night, with NYRB II wearing special limited-edition kits that featured the names of Red Bulls youth players embroidered into the fabric. The kits will be auctioned off, with proceeds benefitting Wings of Life.
NYRB II hits road to take on Philadelphia Union II Wednesday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m. ET.