Hartford Athletic took down New York Red Bulls II, 2-0 and finished the 2020 regular season at the top of the Group F table!
This one played tight early on. Red Bulls II had the first chance of the match. Sebastian Elney collected a loose ball on the left flank, dribbled free to the top of the box and ripped a shot toward the net. Parfait Mandanda, who started the 2020 season with a clean sheet against these very same Red Bulls, made a diving save to deny Elney and keep the game scoreless early on. Mandanda had four saves on the night. RBII had the lion's share of the chances early on, but it was their defense that stood out, shutting down multiple attempts from Hartford to beat them over the top and in transition. The teams took a scoreless tie into halftime.
In the second half, Man of the Match Tyreke Johnson took over. In the 65th minute, Alex Dixon played a beautiful ball through the RBII back line and into the box for Ever Guzmán. Guzmán sent it back to the far post where Johnson was lurking uncovered and poked it past the keeper for the first goal of the night.
Ten minutes later, Johnson created offense again. Working on the left flank, Johnson worked himself free of Red Bull defenders and found Conor McGlynn who had come on merely seconds earlier. McGlynn took a quick touch, teed it up and uncorked an absolute rocket to the far top corner for the second goal of the night! Hartford players celebrated in the far corner and even Head Coach Radhi Jaïdi ran from his coaches box to celebrate with the Boys.
Hartford will head back home to host Saint Louis FC at Dillon Stadium in the first playoff match in club history on Saturday October 10th at 7 PM. Saint Louis defeated Indy Eleven 2-1 on Saturday night to earn second place in Group E. Click here to join a waiting list for playoff tickets.
Shots (On-Target): Hartford Athletic 10 (6) - 14 (5) New York
Corners: Hartford Athletic 3-8 New York
Fouls: Hartford Athletic 14-13 New York
Offsides: Hartford Athletic 1-2 New York
Possession: Hartford Athletic 41.5%-58.5% New York
Passing Accuracy: Hartford Athletic 57.9%-70.7% New York
Saves: Hartford Athletic 4-4 New York
65' - Tyreke Johnson (Ever Guzmán) 0-1
75' - Conor McGlynn (Tyreke Johnson) 0-2
39' - Alex Lara (Yellow)
48' - Samad Bounthong (Yellow)
55' - Omar Sowe (Yellow)
83' - Cherif Dieye (Yellow)
90' - Sam Strong (Yellow)
HARTFORD ATHLETIC STARTING LINEUP:
35 (GK) Parfait Mandanda; 24 (D) Sam Strong, 4 (D) Kevin Politz, 2 (D) Alex Lara; 25 (MF) Idan Cohen (Arthur Rogers 77'), 10 (MF) Danny Barrera, 80 (MF) Justin Haak, 23 (MF) Aiden Mesias (Conor McGlynn 72'), 88 (MF) Tyreke Johnson (Gabriel Torres); 99 (F) Ever Guzmán (Alfonso Vazquez), 11 (F) Alex Dixon (Dre Deas 77')
NEW YORK RED BULLS II STARTING LINEUP:
50 (GK) Luca Lewis (Ciaran Dalton 71'); 47 (D) John Tolkin, 73 (D) Joe Fala, 83 (D) Bo Cummins (Edgardo Rito 71'), 85 (D) Joey Zalinsky; 64 (MF) Jake LaCava (Deri Corfe 71'), 67 (MF) Omar Sowe, 76 (MF) Kenan Hot, 96 (MF) Dantouma Toure (Cherif Dieye 66'), 97 (MF) Samad Bounthong; 39 (F) Sebastian Elney