Red Bulls II defeated the Pittsburgh Riverhounds 3-1 Saturday in a USL game in Pittsburgh.
Romeo Parkes scored for the Riverhounds in the 10th minute.
The Red Bulls tied it two minutes later when Anatole Abang headed Justin Bilyeu's cross into the net.
Stefano Bonomo scored the winning goal in the 72nd minute, finishing a cross from Bilyeu. Derrick Etienne put the match away in the 83rd minute.
The game was marred by a confrontation between Karl Ouimette and and Parkes in the 86th minute. While leaving the field after receiving a red card, Ouimette was kicked in the back Parkes and collapsed. He continued receiving medical attention long after the ensuing fracas ended and left on a stretcher.
Red Bulls II improved to 4-1-2 and return to action next Saturday when they host the Richmond Kickers at Red Bull Arena.
Red Bulls II struggled to adjust to Pittsburgh's turf field, and the match turned into a wide-open, back-and-forth affair. Neither team was able to maintain possession for extended periods of time nor play accurate passes in the final third. Sometimes there are matches on which it's tough to judge a team, and tonight is a textbook example. The Red Bulls utilized their high press and forced turnovers, but focused their attack through the wings.
Despite it not being their usual method, crossing from the wings proved effective Saturday, resulting in three goals. Rookie fullback Justin Bilyeu played his best offensive match of the season, contributing two assists. Attacking fullbacks are an essential component of the Red Bulls' offense, and Bilyeu appears to be a perfect fit for the system.
Center back Gideon Baah continued his road to recovery, playing his second straight match with the reserves. He played a much stronger match Saturday, although it wasn't hard to top how poorly he performed last week. Baah was subbed out midway through the second half, which indicates that the Red Bulls are taking his rehab very slowly. It's doubtful that he's going to appear with the MLS squad against D.C. United if the club is not yet comfortable with playing him for a full match.
Etienne, on loan from the senior team, had another strong match. He dominated the wing and scored the insurance goal on a beautiful side volley that should be on the short list for the league's Goal of the Month competition. If Etienne's dominance of USL continues, Jesse Marsch is going to have to consider calling him up to the MLS squad. Although he's far from a finished product, his dynamic dribbling and creativity add an interesting wrinkle to the attack.