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Match Preview | LDNvNY 10.30

By Staff, 10/29/21, 4:00PM EDT


Loudoun United are set to play against New York Red Bulls II for their 32ndmatch of the 2021 United Soccer League (USL) Championship regular season on Saturday, October 30 with kickoff set for 1 p.m. ET. The Red-and-White will look to finish the season off on a high note when they host Red Bulls II on Saturday afternoon.

In their last match, Loudoun lost 1-0 to the Charlotte Independence on October 27. Loudoun United came up just short in a hard-fought match on the road despite controlling much of the match and keeping 58% of the overall possession. Michael Gamble and Ted Ku-DiPietro both had good opportunities to score early in the match. Gamble found space on the edge of the box but had his well-hit shot saved by the goalkeeper. The next sequence, Ku-DiPietro had a chance from the center of the box, but he pulled his shot just wide of the left post. Enzo Martinez scored the lone goal of the match in the 38thminute when he found the bottom left corner after a perfect pass was played in from the right wing by Gabriel Obertan.

Loudoun started the second half on the front foot as well and nearly found the equalizer in the 46thminute through Houssou Landry, but his shot from in-close was saved. Second-half substitutes Jackson Hopkins and Darluis Paz provided a spark and helped Loudoun keep the pressure on the Independence for the closing stages of the match. Despite keeping 63% of the possession in the second half, the Red-and-White were unable to find the tying goal and the match finished 1-0 in favor of the Charlotte Independence.

The match will be the fourth time these two teams meet during the 2021 season. Loudoun have an 0-1-2 record against their Eastern Conference Atlantic Division rivals this season, but all three matches were hard-fought and could have gone either way. Loudoun United will look to earn their first win of the season against Red Bulls II on Saturday.

The match can be streamed on ESPN+ with coverage starting at 1 p.m. ET.

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