The Red Bulls Academy Under-18 side finished up their USDA season with a 3-0 victory over local rival PDA on Saturday
The match started out with a bevy of chances from the Red Bulls, with solid play from the PDA goalkeeper keeping the game level. Finally, a minute from the interval, leading scorer Brandon Allen broke the deadlock. Allen received the ball from Scotty Thomsen at the top of the box and beat a defender before curling in a right-footed shot from distance for his 26th goal of the season.
The second half remained mostly a close affair until the Red Bulls broke the match open late. In the 78th minute, Thomsen took a nifty cross from Danny Bedoya and finished from inside the box to double the lead. Seven minutes later, Allen converted for his 27th goal of the season, with Bedoya again getting credited with the assist.
“The performance today was one of our best of the season,” U-18 captain Thomsen said. “All of the players contributed to the team effort today and we are really looking forward to the play-offs.”
The Under-16 Red Bulls also wrapped up their regular season with a 3-0 victory against PDA over the weekend. Vinny Brunetti had a hand in all three goals, scoring once and assisting on each of the Red Bulls’ other two. Derrick Etienne and and Izzy Tandir both also found the back of the net and Evan Louro earned the shutout for the U-16s, who will begin their playoffs next week in Dallas.
The Red Bulls Academy once again proved why it's one of the elite youth organizations in the country, as four of its own were chosen to represent the United States Under-17 National Team for its participation in the upcoming Copa Saprissa Internacional, which will take place from June 23-July 1 in San Jose, Costa Rica. Each facet of the sqaud will feature a Red Bulls Academy standout, as goalkeeper Evan Louro, defender Kevin Politz, midfielder Christopher Lema and forward Wesley Wade all got the call.
The Academy players, along with the rest of the U.S. U-17 team, will play up to seven matches during the tournament. Play for the United States begins on June 23 when they open up against the U-17 select team of Costa Rican club Linafa. Additionally, the U.S. will take on Honduras on June 24, Costa Rica on the 25th, Panamanian club side Chorrillo FC on the 26th and Mexico on the 27th. Additionally, the U.S. may play two friendlies against to be determined teams on June 29 and July 1 before returning home.
Earlier this week, Red Bulls Academy player Malcolm Dixon was also called up by the United States at the Under-15 level.
Malcolm Dixon of the Red Bulls Academy has been named to the 20-player roster of the U.S Under-15 Boys’ National Team, as announced by head coach Tony Lepore. The U-15 squad will be taking part in the Copa Mexico de Naciones tournament in Mexico City, beginning on June 18th. The United States has been drawn into Group B of the tournament, squaring off against Spain, Colombia, and Costa Rica. Group A is made up of Mexico, Canada, Chile, and Nigeria. The top two teams from each group advance to the semifinals, with the final scheduled for June 24th.
Dixon was one of just three forwards named to the team. This is not the first time the Red Bulls Academy member has been called up for international duty, as he has been a fixture on the squad multiple times. Dixon’s most recent performance for the U-15 National Team came in the International Marveld Tournament in Holland, where the team placed fifth out of twelve teams. Dixon’s highlight of the tournament came in a 5-0 victory over Feyenoord (Netherlands), where he scored twice.
The Red Bulls Academy Under-14 team won its third straight Northeast Regional Playoffs this weekend, and will now take place in the U.S. Club Soccer National Championships in July. On Saturday, the U-14s defeated fourth-seeded Albertson to advance to the title game. Ethan Lochner scored twice, while Jerel Blades and Anthony Sileo rounded out the scoring, On Sunday for the title, the U-14s squared off against the top-seeded Baltimore Bays, who had handed the squad its only defeat of the season back in April. The Red Bulls got their retribution, taking the back-and-forth match 4-3. Lochner again scored twice, while Gideon Metrikin also got in on the action with a goal of his own.
The Under-18 Red Bulls also celebrated a title this weekend, winning the Liberty Division title in the East Conference of the United States Development Academy. On Saturday, the U-18s beat local rival Albertson on the road, with goalkeeper Max Brown pitching a shutout in a 2-0 win. After a scoreless first half, Brandon Allen found the back of the net twice, in the 65th and 82nd minutes to earn the victory. On Sunday, the U-18s found the offensive touch, putting in five goals en route to another shutout win, cinching the Division title. The Red Bulls got goals before halftime from Danny Bedoya, Ethan Decker and Allen, his 23rd of the season. Scotty Thomsen and Alex Muyl, who scored his first goal for the U-18s while playing up an age group, rounded out the scoring.
The Under-16 Red Bulls went unbeaten this week. On Saturday, the Red Bulls faced Albertson and found themselves down fairly late in the game, however the squad fought back and earned a penalty kick that Matt Miazga converted to earn a draw. The following day, the U-16s knocked off FC Westchester, 2-0. John Toher scored mid way through the first half and Malcolm Dixon scored mid way through the second half to help the Red Bulls to the away win. Alec Gogic and Evan Louro combined for the shutout win in goal, while Vinny Brunetti provided both assists.
Unfortunately, the U-15 and U-13 Red Bulls both fell in the playoffs this week. The Uner 15 side advanced to the title match, defeating PDA on Saturday 2-0 before falling to the New York Cosmos on Sunday, 3-1. The U-13 side also fell to the Cosmos, 3-0, on Saturday in the semifinals.
The Red Bulls Academy went an impressive 8-0-1 over the weekend highlighted by the Under-23 team winning two more matches to run its unbeaten streak to seven. The team traveled to Maine for matches on Saturday and Sunday, beginning with a 2-0 victory over the Seacoast Phantoms. The first 70 minutes of the match went by with the teams level, but Blerti Hajdari finally broke the deadlock, hammering in a rebound off a Mike Innocenzi strike. A few minutes later, Hajdari peppered in a strike from about 30 yards out to provide the insurance goal. On Sunday, the U-23’s scored twice again, beating Seacoast United 2-1 to stay atop the league table. Mark Brode’s first goal of the season, finishing off a Konrad Plewa pass. Then it was Hajdari again firing home his third goal of the weekend putting the Red Bulls in command. Seacoast United did eventually pull one back, but the Red Bulls were able to hold for the victory despite 12 minutes of added time in the second half.
Brandon Allen continued his excellent season this weekend, scoring four times to raise his season total to 21. On Saturday, the U-18’s defeated the Cosmos Academy by a 4-1 score. After Kerlins Georges opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, the Cosmos were able to level the game just moments later. That’s where Allen took over, scoring in the 32nd, 76th and 87th minutes, with Mael Corboz assisting on two of the goals. The following day, the U-18s again found the back of the net with regularity, defeating Met Oval 5-1, moving into first place in the Liberty Division. A fourth minute Met Oval own goal put the Red Bulls on top, and the squad extended the lead to 4-0 before halftime with two goals from Ethan Decker and one from Eric Lagg. Again, Corboz played facilitator, setting up both of Decker’s goals to raise his season assist total to six. For good measure in the second half, Allen converted a Danny Bedoya feed for his 21st goal of the season.
On Saturday, the Under-16 Red Bulls defeated the Cosmos Academy 2-0. Alex Muyl had a part in both goals, setting up Amando Moreno for the first goal which came after a scoreless first frame. Muyl then scored an excellent goal, picking the ball up from midfield and dribbling past three Cosmos defenders before rounding the goalkeeper and sending the ball into the back of the net. The following day, the U-16s picked up a point in a 1-1 draw with Met Oval. The Red Bulls went ahead on a goal by Vinny Brunetti, but the Cosmos leveled the game before halftime. Despite playing with 10 men throughout most of the second half, the Red Bulls were able to defend well and earn the draw.
The Red Bulls Under-13, Under-14 and Under-15 teams all advanced to the semifinals of their respective playoffs with victories this weekend. Matt Olusunde notched four goals and two assists in a one-sided win over Met Oval for the U-13s. On Sunday the U-14s defeated Matchfit Academy 4-0, led by two goals and an assist from Rafael Terci, and the Undr-15s also found the back of the net often, pouring in six in a win over Albertson on Sunday thanks to a hat trick from Harrison Steadman. All three teams will play in the semifinals this coming weekend in Lancaster, PA.
The Red Bulls Academy went 5-3-1 this past weekend, highlighted by a pair of sweeps by the Under-18 and Under-14 teams over Met Oval and the New York Cosmos.
On Saturday, the Under-18 team got standout performances from some new faces in shutting out Met Oval 4-0. Under-16 player Amando Moreno, playing up with the Under-18 squad, opened the scoring eight minutes in off a feed from Ethan Decker. In the 23rd minute, the Red Bulls doubled their lead on Kerlins Georges’ first of the season. The Red Bulls weren’t done yet, as a minute later Moreno set up Oscar Gonzalez’s first tally of the year as the Red Bulls entered the break up by three. For good measure early in the second half, Moreno notched his second assist of the game as Georges once more found the back of the net. On Sunday, the Under-18’s knocked off local rival New York Cosmos by a 3-1 score. Georges continued his hot play, heading in a fifth minute corner kick from Scotty Thomsen, who assisted on all three Red Bulls goals to raise his season total to 10. Seven minutes later, Brandon Allen converted another set piece off the foot of Thomsen for his 15th goal of the year as the Red Bulls doubled their lead. While the Cosmos were able to pull one back before halftime, Erik Sa put the match away with his fourth goal of the season in the 87th minute.
The Red Bulls Under-14 team also was perfect in its two matches this weekend. A defensive battle ensued on Saturday when the team traveled to Long Island to take on Albertson. Gideon Metrikin found the twine in the first half with the only goal of the match, as the defense held on in a shutout win. The following day, Rafael Terci shined as the Under-14 team defeated NJSA by a 5-0 final. Terci scored all five Red Bulls goals in the one-sided win.
The Under-15 Red Bulls nearly won both games this weekend, settling for a 1-0-1 mark. On Saturday at Albertson, the Red Bulls led twice but couldn’t hold on as Albertson scored just three minutes from full time to share the spoils, 2-2. Dante Perez and Harrison Steadman were the Red Bulls’ goal scorers. However, on Sunday the Red Bulls notched an early lead and continued to build on it, defeating NJSA 5-0. Jake Areman gave the Red Bulls a 2-0 lead going into halftime with a pair of strikes, while Steadman shined in the second half in notching a hat trick.
With some key players missing while at the United States Under-14 National Team camp, the Under-13 Red Bulls dropped a 1-0 decision at PDA on Sunday. The Under-16 Red Bulls fell on Saturday to Met Oval, 1-0, and lost 3-1 to the Cosmos on Sunday. Alex Muyl scored the lone goal for the Under-16s on the weekend, his 11th of the year.
The Red Bulls Academy went 4-1-1 this weekend, bolstered by excellent efforts from the Under-14 and Under-15 teams, who both swept their weekend matches. The Under-14 Red Bulls enjoyed an impressive offensive couple of matches, overwhelming McLean Academy on Saturday with a four-goal outburst in the first half. In all, seven different Red Bulls found the back of the net on Saturday. On Sunday, the squad did itself one better against Potomac, as eight different players scored as the Red Bulls cruised to victory.
Offense was the key as well for the Under-15 Red Bulls on Saturday as they defeated McLean Academy by a 6-1 score. Tyler Stowell and Tarek Fayed both scored twice for the Red Bulls, who also received goals from Harrison Steadman and Dante Perez. It was a bit tougher for the Under-15s on Sunday when they faced Potomac, but a solid defensive effort brought home another victory. James Buonavita converted a penalty kick for the game’s only goal.
The Under-16 Red Bulls ran their unbeaten streak to 13 matches with a 1-1 tie against PDA. The Red Bulls fell behind before equalizing the game on a goal by Amando Moreno, who was set up by Alex Muyl. A red card put the Red Bulls down a man, but the defense stayed tight in earning the draw.
On Saturday, the Under-18 Red Bulls were held scoreless by PDA, falling 1-0. Brandon Allen nearly tied the match in the 89th minute, but his last-gasp chance was cleared off the line by a PDA defender.
(Edited post-publication to reflect additional prospect)
Five Red Bulls Academy products make the cut in a recent list of the Top 150 Boys Club Soccer Players to watch according to TopDrawerSoccer.com.
First on the list, at the very first spot, is South Orange, NJ native and forward Wesley Wade.
Midfielder Orestis Sousonis is next at No. 19 on the list. Right behind him at the 20 spot is forward Malcolm Dixon, a player who has been highlighted many times in Chris Celletti's weekly Academy Updates throughout the season (here's the most recent Academy Update, and here's one that makes mention of Dixon's play).
At No. 30 is Rye, NY native and Red Bulls forward Stephen Elias, who also ranks fourth regionally and 11th overall by position, based on his TopDrawerSoccer.com profile.
New York City native and Red Bulls Academy forward Gideon Metrikin rounds out New York's presence on the list, holding down the No. 62 spot on the list.
Visit TopDrawerSoccer.com for the full, comprehensive list of the Top 150 Boys Soccer Players in the nation.
The New York Red Bulls Academy went a combined 6-1 this weekend, with each age group taking on NJSA of Jackson, NJ while the Under-16 and Under-18 sides also had games against Match Fit Chelsea.
The Under-18 team won both of its games this weekend, upending Match Fit on Saturday and NJSA on Sunday. Brandon Allen continued his excellent form over the weekend, scoring the only goal of the game on Saturday in the Red Bulls’ 1-0 victory over Match Fit. After a scoreless first half, Allen headed in a Danny Bedoya cross in the 66th minute. Goalkeepers Santiago Castano and Max Brown combined in goal for the shutout. On Sunday, Allen once again opened the scoring, this time in the 32nd minute. The Red Bulls got an insurance goal just seven minutes from full time on Mael Corboz’s first tally of the season.
In their two victories this weekend, the Under-16 Red Bulls combined for 10 goals. On Saturday against Match Fit, Joe Ohaus and Gianni Carillo combined for the shutout, as the Red Bulls rolled to a 5-0 victory. Adam Najem notched a goal and an assist, while Amando Moreno, Alex Muyl, Malcolm Dixon and Derrick Etienne each got their name on the scoresheet. The offense stayed potent on Sunday against NJSA in a 5-2 win. Moreno and Muyl both scored twice, while Vinny Brunetti scored his first of the season.
On Sunday, the Under-14 Red Bulls rushed past NJSA by a 5-0 score. Despite not being able to score in the first half, the Red Bulls’ offense exploded in the second half. Jerel Blades was the star of the day, scoring four of the team’s five goals.
The Under-13 Red Bulls Pre-Academy side cruised to an impressive road victory over NJSA on Saturday. It took just two minutes for Dantae Greer to open the scoring, his first of two goals on the afternoon. Markez Zalla notched a hat trick, while Mitko Bozinov and Hunter Pinho split the duties between the posts, earning the combined clean sheet.
The Under-15 Red Bulls surrendered one goal before halftime and two after, failing to crack the NJSA defense as they fell, 3-0 on Saturday.