MIAMI – Red Bulls II allowed a goal in each half as it lost to Miami FC, 2-0, in the USL Championship season opener at Riccardo Silva Stadium on Saturday night.
The hosts struck in the 11th minute. Defender Mark Segbers sent in a cross from the near side that was headed into the net by midfielder Josh Pérez.
New York had a chance to equalize late in the first half. Midfielder Jonathan Filipe maneuvered past a defender and placed a shot just wide of the net.
Miami increased its their advantage in the 79th minute as Segbers followed up his miss on an initial shot and found the back of the net on his second attempt.
Red Bulls goalkeeper AJ Marcucci recorded three saves.
Three New York players made their professional debuts. Defender Lamine Conte and midfielder Jonathan Filipe both played the full 90 minutes, and Red Bulls Academy defender Paul Smajlaj came on in the 84th minute.
Defender Christopher Cragwell and forward Jordan Adebayo-Smith made their club debuts along with Conte, Filipe and Smajlaj.
Midfielder John Murphy wore the captain’s armband.
NYRBII will remain on the road to face Atlanta United 2 on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.