Photo courtesy Ben Solomon / New York Red Bulls II
1. The New York Red Bulls II claimed a second consecutive lopsided victory on home turf on Friday night as Jared Stroud scored a hat trick in a 5-1 victory against the Richmond Kickers. New York’s victory moved it up to sixth place in the Eastern Conference ahead of Saturday night’s action as it continued its free-scoring ways at home this season.
2. New York has now scored 33 goals in its 10 home games this season, a total that is not only 12 goals more than any other side on home turf this season, but more than every team in the league aside from FC Cincinnati (35) and Phoenix Rising FC (34) in the league overall. New York has racked up at least four goals in six of its 10 home games this season, making MSU Soccer Park one of the toughest places to play in the league.
3. It’s rare that a player record both a goal and a save in the same game, but that was part of Brian White’s stat line on the night for the Red Bulls II as he picked up the gloves with his side out of substitutes when starting goalkeeper Evan Louro was sent off with 13 minutes to go. Richmond goalkeeper Travis Worra, meanwhile, recorded a single-game high for the 2018 season with 12 saves for the Kickers, an indicator of the Red Bulls II’s dominance in the contest overall.
The New York Red Bulls II got a hat trick from Jared Stroud as they swept to a 5-1 victory against the Richmond Kickers at MSU Soccer Park. Stroud opened the scoring after just 63 seconds as an attempted clearance by Kickers goalkeeper Travis Worra deflected off the Red Bulls II forward and into the net and added a second in the 13th minute to put the hosts in control. Amando Moreno added a third in the 34th minute before Brian White notched his seventh goal of the season on hour-mark and Stroud completed his hat trick eight minutes later to give the hosts a five-goal lead. Richmond scored a consolation goal through Brian Shriver in the 76th minute, but while New York ended the game down to 10 men after goalkeeper Evan Louro was sent off for his second yellow card, replaced by White with New York out of substitutes, the Kickers’ couldn’t close the gap any further.
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Evan Stroud, New York Red Bulls II – Stroud’s two goals in the opening 13 minutes put New York firmly in charge, and he went on to complete his first professional hat trick in another big home victory for the side.