NYCFC II played in a New York Derby against Rochester NY FC last night at Belson Stadium in Queens. NYCFC needed a draw or a win to maintain first place in the Northeast Division, but they came up short and lost 0-1.
NYCFC II: 8 shots, 4 shots on goal, 65.6% possession, 435 passes, 85.1% pass accuracy, 17 fouls
Rochester: 10 shots, 4 shots on goal, 34.4% possession, 219 passes, 73.1% pass accuracy, 17 fouls
John Denis and Stephen Turnbull both got the start, and we also saw Kevin O’Toole at the right-back position. Although there were no Senior Team players, NYCFC II put out a relatively strong lineup.
Rochester had the first dangerous chance of the game, where their shot hit off of the crossbar in the 8th minute. Besides that, it was a relatively boring first half that finished 0-0. The game continued to be boring until the 75th minute, where a scramble in the box led to an empty net for Rochester, who finished the chance. The game continued, and ended in a dull, disappointing, 1-0 loss for NYCFC II.
After this result, NYCFC II needs to make changes to their defensive lineup. At goalkeeper, Luis Barraza should get the start over Alex Rando. Left back should be Stephen Turnbull, center backs should be Samuel Owusu and Nicholas Benclazar, and Andres Jasson should get the start at right back over Kevin O’Toole.
As it stands, NYCFC II sit third place in the Eastern Conference with 28 points after 16 games, and have a playoff spot.