The less said about Red Bulls II during the USL Championship season, the better.
In fact, it was a nightmare campaign.
The team finished with a league-worst 3-25-6 record and only 15 points.
Such a comedown for a team that had developed a reputation for playing competitive soccer and developing many players for the Red Bulls and other Major League Soccer clubs.
Red Bulls II’s campaign mercifully ended on Oct. 15 as it suffered its 25th loss of the season, a 1-0 defeat at the Tampa Bay Rowdies (20-7-7) at Al Lang Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Saturday night.
Omar Valencia was red carded for violent conduct in the 74th minute, forcing the visitors to play the final 16 minutes a man down.
A 3-0 home loss to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on Friday night was the last straw as the club axed Gary Lewis on July 2.
Assistant coach Ibrahim Sekagya, a former Red Bulls defender, served as the interim head coach for the remainder of the season. At the time, Red Bulls II had a horrible 1-13-1 record.
One thing is certain.
The team won’t finish last in the USL Championship in 2023.
It has joined MLS NEXT Pro, which is a step down to the third division of U.S. pro soccer. So the expectation is improvement.
Outside of losing every game next year, NYRBII just couldn’t get any worse.