The first home game of the season for Reading United AC mirrored the Philadelphia Union's home opener this year, as the team won and was aided by the opposing team receiving a red card.
Using their man advantage, Reading United scored four goals against a hapless New Jersey Rangers squad. New Jersey defender Alex Brito went studs up into United forward Tyler Witmer during the first half, after the United had already scored one goal from the boot of David Rodriguez.
Beginning in the 50th minute, Reading went on a tear in the second half. Penn State transfer Hasani Sinclair assisted on Matt Baker's goal, along assisting on the other three that Reading scored against the Rangers. Christian Barrerio and Lasse Sohrweide finished off the scoring for Reading in the 55th and 71st minutes, respectively.
Last year the United beat the Rangers 7-0 away and 4-2 at home. The Rangers are currently on an 11 game losing streak and have been outscored 38-7 during it.
Reading United 4, New Jersey Rangers 0
Goals - Reading: David Rodriguez (15', 1), Matt Baker (50', 1), Christian Barreiro (55', 1), Lasse Sohrweide (71', 1)
Assists - Reading: Hasani Sinclair (1, 2, 3), Matt Baker (1)
Shots - Reading 16, New Jersey 1
Saves - Reading 0, New Jersey 5
Fouls - Reading 8, New Jersey 12
Offsides - Reading 4, New Jersey 3
Corners - Reading 7, New Jersey 0
Yellow Cards - Reading: Christian Barreiro (27')
Red Cards - New Jersey: Alex Brito (44')