Saint Louis FC Set For Tilt With Defending USL Champions New York Red Bulls II
Local United Soccer League club Saint Louis FC is in New York this weekend to take on New York Red Bulls II Saturday afternoon. NYRBII won the USL last season and currently sits just above STLFC in the conference this season.
Kickoff on Saturday July 1 is set for 3 pm St. Louis time. The match can be streamed live on YouTube. Scroll down for a preview of the match and to watch the game on Saturday.
Saint Louis FC (4-3-5) has a busy month of July and will be to start it off on the right foot tomorrow against NYRBII (5-3-7). STLFC has six league matches scheduled in July after playing just three in the month of June. No team has played fewer matches on the season that STLFC’s 12 and 12 of the 14 other teams in the USL’s Eastern Conference have played more.
These two clubs met earlier in the season at Toyota Stadium in St. Louis. STLFC got on the board in the 3rd minute on a goal by Christian Volesky. After two NYRBII goals, they pulled even on a successful penalty from Jose Angulo. Seth Rudolph secured the win with a strike in the 84th minute.
Last Time Out For Saint Louis FC
Despite coming off a 1-0 loss to the Chicago Fire in the Lamar Hunt U.S Open Cup, hopes were high for STLFC last time out. Instead of an actual three points to build on the “spirit win”, the result was a 2-0 loss at Nippert Stadium to FC Cincinnati.
Yes, that same Cincinnati club that would go on to beat the same Chicago Fire team days later in their own Open Cup match. A fluke own goal had Saint Louis down just seven minutes into the contest. FCC would put the game away in the 66th minute on a goal by Danni Konig.
Two trips to Cincinnati this season have resulted in two losses, zero goals scored and six conceded.
At least STLFC isn’t the only team that has trouble solving Mitch Hildebrandt?
The home club will have the chance for some revenge when Cincinnati visits World Wide Technology Soccer Park on September 23.
MSU Soccer Park At Montclair State University
While Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls play their matches at Red Bull Arena, the USL club play at MSU Soccer Park on the campus of Montclair State University. Students at Montclair State receive discounted tickets to each match.
For Saturday’s contest, the club is offering a ticket package that includes 4 tickets, 4 sodas and 4 hot dogs for $40.
According to Soccer Stadium Digest, Red Bulls II are at the bottom of the USL in terms of attendance. The club is averaging 560 fans per match through nine games. The bottom seven teams in the league are all MLS II teams with LA Galaxy II the highest-drawing of the bunch at 1,536 fans per contest.
MSU Soccer Park is located approximately 15 miles from Red Bull Arena, which is itself actually in Harrison, New Jersey.
Brandon Allen Leads Potent NYRBII Attack
Striker Brandon Allen leads NYRBII in scoring and sits third in the league with eight goals in his thirteen appearances this season. The 23-year old American was the USL Rookie of the Year last season and was named to the USL All-League First Team after scoring 21 goals. Allen recorded a hat trick in New York’s 5-1 route of the Swope Park Rangers in the 2016 USL Cup Final.
Allen is the all-time leading scorer for the Georgetown Hoyas and was a finalist for the Hermann Trophy in 2015. The Hermann Trophy is awarded annually by the Missouri Athletic Club in downtown St. Louis to the top men’s and women’s college soccer player in the country. Jordan Morris, currently playing for the Seattle Sounders of MLS, took home the 2015 award.
New York has scored 24 goals on the season, compared to 13 by STLFC. On a per-match average, New York Red Bulls II is on the better side of 1.5 goals per contest, while STLFC sits closer to 1 goal per outing.
However, only Seattle has given up more goals in league play than New York. The club has given up 30 goals on the season, or an average of 2 goals per match. STLFC has conceded 17 goals, or an average of 1.4 per game.
NYRBII’s last three matches have resulted in a single draw and two losses. The club dropped a home match 3-0 to Louisville City FC back on June 11. They followed that up with a 2-0 loss to Bethlehem Steel FC the next week. Last week, New York tied Ottawa Fury FC 2-2 in Ottawa.
The club had a 2-1 lead for much of the second half by virtue of a Brandon Allen goal. Ottawa struck in stoppage time to deny New York Red Bulls II the three points.
Petosevic & Mirkovic Could Return Soon
Forward Milan Petosevic and midfielder Ivan Mirkovic have returned to training and could see game-action in the coming weeks, although not this week. That’s according to Jeremy Alumbaugh, Saint Louis FC general manager, on this week’s episode of the This Is Silly! podcast.
Petosevic underwent abdominal surgery earlier this month. Mirkovic, a key part of Preki’s midfield plans, sustained a broken fibula in the club’s second game of the season back on April 1.
Max Alvarez and Tony Walls are also injured and working their way back for the local club.
Back At The Park On July 5
Saint Louis returns to Toyota Stadium at World Wide Technology Soccer Park on Wednesday, July 5 for a rescheduled match with Rochester. Tickets for the original date of May 6 will be valid for entry. Tickets can also be purchased online at SaintLouisFC.com or by calling 636-680-0997.
The Locoz Tacoz food truck will be in attendance as an in-stadium dining option and fans will receive a limited-edition Christian Volesky poster.
Streaming The Match
Like all USL matches, Saturday’s will be streamed live on YouTube. You can watch it for free below.
Need to get in the mood for the match? Listen to the latest episode of the This Is Silly! podcast from the St. Louligans. Jeremy Alumbaugh, general manager of Saint Louis FC, joined the characters this week.
Speaking of the St. Louligans, join them tomorrow to watch the match from International Tap House in Soulard.
Don’t want to drive to the city? Hattrick’s Pub in O’Fallon, Missouri will also be streaming every Saint Louis FC match this season.
Saint Louis FC vs New York Red Bulls II
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