Tom Barlow scored a first-half opener, but the New York Red Bulls would concede twice to USL Championship side Phoenix Rising FC, eventually falling 2-1 in the preseason matchup between the clubs on Wednesday.
After Barlow opened the scoring for the Red Bulls, Phoenix found the leveler just before halftime courtesy of a tally from Lagos Kunga.
43’ GOAL — After #RBNY took an early lead, Lagos Kunga equalizes it just before the end of the half.— Phoenix Rising FC (@PHXRisingFC) February 12, 2020
Junior Flemmings then added a second for Phoenix in the 50th, off a deflected shot that found its way into the net.
50’ GOAL — Flemmings puts a shot toward the net and it reflects off a defender and in.— Phoenix Rising FC (@PHXRisingFC) February 13, 2020
Neither side would manage to strike after that, wrapping the 2-1 final. The result moves the Red Bulls to 3-2-0 on the 2020 preseason through five exhibition matches. The club's next preseason match is scheduled for a Saturday matchup with the Houston Dynamo at Kino North Stadium in Tuscon, Ariz.
- RBNY - Tom Barlow
- 43' - PHX - Lagos Kunga
- 50' - PHX - Junior Flemmings
New York Red Bulls first-half starting XI: Kendall McIntosh; John Tolkin, Amro Tarek, Sean Nealis, Rece Buckmaster, Marc Rzatkowski, Chris Lema, Jared Stroud, Alex Muyl, Brian White, Tom Barlow
New York Red Bulls second-half starting XI: Kendall McIntosh; John Tolkin, Amro Tarek, Roy Boateng, Rece Buckmaster, Marc Rzatkowski, Omir Fernandez, Kaku, Cristian Casseres Jr., Alex Muyl, Brian White