USL Final: Allen hat trick powers NYRBII to big win

Former Georgetown star Brandon Allen scored three goals and added an assist as New York Red Bulls II defeated the Swope Park Rangers, 5-1, in the 2016 USL Cup final. NYRBII became the first MLS-owned USL team to win the USL title.

Allen, a finalist for 2016 USL MVP after a 15-goal regular season, finished with six goals in the playoffs for NYRBII, which finished the season with a 14-game unbeaten streak (13-0-1) dating back to early August.

"I was a little bit tired," said Allen, who signed with the Red Bulls as a Homegrown Player, "but I knew in the second half they were going to break down and towards the end of the second half chances started to come, and that's how I got an extra two goals. That's how the chances to come, when they started to break down. There were a lot of gaps in their back four, and that's how we created chances."

USL Champions:
2011: Orlando City
2012: Charleston
2013: Orlando City
2014: Sac Republic FC
2015: Rochester
2016: NY Red Bulls II

Haitian international Derrick Etienne Jr., who left Virginia after his freshman year to sign a Homegrown contract with the Red Bulls, opened the scoring in the 18th minute with a shot just inside the right post from 19 yards.

Allen then scored the first of three straight goals for the Red Bulls, slotting home a David Najem cross deflected by Swope Park's defense. After Swope Park midfielder Tomas Granitto scored on a free kick to cut Red Bulls II lead to 2-1, Allen scored twice in three minutes to make it 4-1. Frenchman Vincent Bezecourt finished off the scoring in stoppage time.

"Anytime you're up two and you give up one," said Red Bulls II coach John Wolyniec, "there's a moment of uneasiness, but that's probably one of the proudest moments I have of this season. In a tough situation where it would have been easy to get a little tight and be concerned, our guys were aggressive and proactive and went after the game in a way that said we're not giving this away."

Most of the players on Red Bulls II are former college players, but they included two 17-year-old starters -- Kevin O'Toole and Tyler Adams -- from their academy program.

Oct. 23 in Harrison, N.J.
NY Red Bulls 5 Swope Park 2. Goals: Etienne (Allen) 18, Allen (Najem) 39, Allen 85, Allen (Bonomo) 88, Bezecourt (Etienne) 90+2; Granitto 74.
NY Red Bulls -- Meara; O'Toole (Plewa, 66), Long, Carroll, Najem; Metzger, Adams, Bezecourt; Etienne (Mines 90+), Allen (Schmoll 89), Valot (Bonomo 81).
Swope Park -- Zendejas; Alvarado, Ballo, Didic, Grant (Barrett); Duke (Molano 89), Appiah (Granitto 46), Ayrton (Gonzalez 61); Pasher, Kelly, Tyrpak.
Att.: 5,574.

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