Caden Clark (right) scored Red Bulls II’s first goal. (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)
Red Bulls II squandered a two-goal, second-half lead and was forced to settle for a 2-2 draw with San Diego Loyal FC in a USL Championship match at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. on Thursday night.
The result moved the hosts to 1-10-2 and five points while San Diego added a point (6-3-4, 22).
Thomas Amang’s second goal of the final half in the 88th minute lifted the visitors into the deadlock.
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New York opened the scoring in the 16th minute, as Jonathan Filipe slipped a pass through a defender to Caden Clark, who took a few steps with the ball and ripped a shot into the net. Clark’s goal was his first of the season and the fourth of his Red Bulls II career. He also made his first appearance and start of the season in the match. It was Filipe’s first assist of his pro career.
Red Bulls II doubled their advantage in the 24th minute. Jeremy Rafanello drew multiple defenders towards him at the far edge of the box and played a ball to Sam Williams, who sent in a shot. Williams scored his first professional goal, marking the second Red Bulls Academy player to score in a match this season (Illia Tyrkus, May 14).
San Diego sliced the lead in half in the 50th minute, as halftime substitute Amang headed in the ball after it was headed to him by Alejandro Guido.
The visitors evened the score in the 88th minute, as Amang capitalized off a pass from Nick Moon that took a slight deflection.
Rafanello’s assist was his first of the season and the seventh of his professional career.
Goalkeeper AJ Marcucci recorded five saves, surpassing 100 for his pro career. He became the second player to record triple digit saves with Red Bulls II (Evan Louro, 206).