Omar Sowe led Red Bulls II in scoring last season. (Photo courtesy of Red Bulls II)

HARRISON, N.J. – Red Bulls II open up its USL Championship season against Hartford Athletic at MSU Soccer Park in Montclair, N.J. Friday at 7 p.m. ET (ESPN+).

Head coach John Wolyniec and NYRB II will begin their seventh season. They are 2-1-3 in season openers and have a 2-1-2 record in home opener.

Red Bulls II has three players returning from last season, including leading goal-scorer Omar Sowe and assist leader Jake Lacava.

NYRB II hold a 2-4-0 record against Hartford in the all-time series. The last time the two clubs met, Hartford defeated Red Bulls, 2-0, in the last regular season match of the 2020 season.

Following Friday’s match, NYRB II will host Charleston Battery Friday, May 7 at 7 p.m.