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#GameDayEve New York Red Bulls II Edition

by Marissa Blackman

This weeks opponent for Wilmington Hammerheads FC is New York Red Bulls II. New York is a club that has won 25% of its matches and has 13 points, just one point below the average  for the USL eastern conference.

With three wins, five ties, and four losses, the New York Red Bulls FC affiliate is an unpredictable club. Some of the variance could be contributed to the frequent changes to the starting lineup at the beginning of the season. The chart below shows how many players from the previous game's starting lineup was played in the next game by both Wilmington and New York.

Game
New York Red Bulls II
Wilmington Hammerheads FC
1à2
5
10
2à3
5
10
3à4
6
3
4à5
8
6
5à6
5
5
6à7
9
8
7à8
9
9
8à9
7
6
9à10
6
6
10à11
7
8
11à12
9
NA


Manolo Sanchez is the only NYRB player to start in every match, and Paul Nicholson, of the Hammerheads, has started in ten out of eleven of hisclub's matches. The Hammerheads have scored a total of nine goals while the Red Bulls have a sum of seventeen. Nick Zimmerman, the leading Hammerheads goal scorer, has tallied three goals this season, and Anatole Abang leads the Red Bulls with four goals. 

Tomorrow's match will be a battle between  the seventh and eleventh place clubs of the eastern conference, and it is sure to be unpredictable. Both clubs have had a mixture of results. Both clubs have also been able to tie or defeat clubs higher than itself in the table.

A victory would cause a significant rise in the table for either club. Three points would push Wilmington up to eighth place. A favorable result would boost New York up to a tied 5th place.

These two clubs have only competed once. Back on April 12th, the Hammerheads defeated the Red Bulls 3-0. 

Will there be a repeat tomorrow? Anything can happen.

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