Loudoun United FC scored a team record three goals in securing the franchise’s first victory Saturday against the New York Red Bull Reserves.
Andrew Lubahn, Kyle Murphy and Orlando Sinclair scored their first goals for Loudoun United. It was Sinclair’s first professional match.
“It feels great to get our first win. Everybody has been working really hard every day, so it feels good to be rewarded,” said Murphy, a team captain. “Everybody fought very hard today, and did their jobs. We knew it would be a tough game, but the staff did a great job preparing us and giving us a game plan to be successful. It feels great to come away with the first win in Loudoun United history today. It was a big team effort and I am proud of the guys.”
For his goal, Murphy gave credit to defender Akeem Ward. “I got the ball and saw Akeem on the switch so sent it to him. As he brought it down, I was trying to get to a scoring position. He sent me a perfect ball and gave me a chance to score. I just tried to beat my man and get there first. He played a perfect ball so I was happy to be able to put it away and help us win.”
“We had a bit of a slow start, yet we responded well. We had them under pressure and we were dangerous on set pieces. The ball came out at a nice height and it’s one of those shots where as soon as it leaves your foot you know it’s going in,” midfielder Andrew Lubahn said of his goal.
“It’s a good feeling to be a part of the first win in Loudoun United’s history. Red Bull’s II is consistently a top performing team and to get our first 3 points on the road against them is an accomplishment for our group,” Lubahn said. “I think it’s a result our group is proud to have achieved. We overcame our slow start and responded well. It wasn’t always beautiful play from our team yet players stepped up in important moments and as a group we collectively earned 3 points against a tough opponent. Now we need to continue improving and as a group show the fans what we’re capable of achieving together. We’ve worked hard collectively and will use this result to build momentum and continue to improve.”
Loudoun United, 1-2-2, next plays Saturday, April 27 at Birmingham Legion FC, 2-1-2. Loudoun United is 14thin the USL Championship Eastern Conference standings.