Saturday night’s defeats of the Red Bulls and Red Bulls II was a contrast in losing.
Earlier in the evening, the MLS side dropped a 3-2 decision to the New England Revolution at home.
In a USL Championship game in Sacramento, Calif., the Red Bulls II experienced their defensive problems during a 24-minute span in the first half en route to a 3-1 loss at Sacramento Republic FC at Heart Health Park.
NYRBII fell to 3-8-4 while the hosts improved to 4-6-4.
Sacramento drew first blood in the 17th minute as Luis Felipe scored off a corner kick from Dariusz Formella.
Republic FC doubled its lead in the 22nd minute as Felipe tallied off a pass from Duke Lacroix.
A foul in the box from New York in the 41st minute set up a penalty kick for Sacramento. Formella’s initial shot was saved by goalkeeper AJ Marcucci, but he was ordered to retake the kick. Formella’s second attempt found the back of the net for a 3-0.
Red Bulls II midfielder Jeremy Rafanello scored from well outside the box in the 62nd minute to cut the deficit to 3-1. It was his fourth of the season as Rafanello moved into a tie with forward Omar Sowe for the team lead.
Midfielder Kyle Zajec recorded his first assist of the season, and the second of his career.
Red Bulls II will return to MSU Soccer Park to begin a four-match homestand against the Tampa Bay Rowdies Friday, Aug. 6 at 7 p.m.