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#GameDayEve New York Red Bulls II Edition

by Marissa Blackman

The USL regular season continues on steadily. The year has seemed to fly by, but this season is already in its final full calendar month. Wilmington Hammerheads FC plays its twenty-first game of the year tomorrow against New York Red Bulls II.

This is not the first time these two clubs have met. The Hammerheads earned the first 3-0 victory of the season against the Red Bulls back in April. In June, the Red Bulls defeated the Hammerheads 1-0.

Currently, NYRBII sits in fifth place with a total of thirty-two points, and the Wilmington club sits in twelfth place with a season tally of twelve points. The most recent Hammerheads match was a 3-0 loss at the hands of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds that occurred last Saturday. This Wednesday, the Red Bulls drew two all with Charlotte Independence.

The Hammerheads have seen a few roster changes in the past weeks. Most recently, Hammerhead forward Nick Zimmerman retired  and has become a coach at Columbus State University. The Hammerheads have added Tommy Redding, a defender on from loan Orlando City SC, to the squad. There is also a seventeen year old, named Kyle Gurrieri, from New Jersey Cedar Stars Academy training with the club.

As the season is in it's final stages, every match has playoff implications. Since New York Red Bulls II has the same number of points as the Richmond Kickers, a win against the Hammerheads would push the Red Bulls past the Kickers and make the club tied with second place Charleston Battery. If the Hammerheads win tomorrow, the club will tie with eleventh place Toronto FC. According to chart made by twitter user @Goyospradlin, New York has a 59.23% chance at making the playoffs, and Wilmington has a 10.38% chance. Although only the top six clubs will compete in the playoffs at the end of the season, a victory for either Wilmington or New York would certainly be a positive step in the right direction.

Both clubs certainly want to win. Who will be victorious?

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