chris celletti

15 May 9:38 am

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.

08 May 9:46 am

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.

01 May 9:58 am

The Red Bulls Under-13 Academy team went into the weekend with matchups against two of the region’s top teams and came away with two impressive wins. On Saturday, the Red Bulls faced off against the New York Cosmos. It was an even matched at the start, with both teams feeling each other out, but the Red Bulls struck first right before halftime on a goal by Matthew Olusundae. The second half proved to be more wide open, but the Red Bulls’ defense held firm. Dontae Greer added two more tallies to give the Red Bulls a 3-0 victory. The following day, the Under-13s hosted the Baltimore Bays. The Red Bulls had defeated the Bays 2-1 two weeks ago in Baltimore in a very tightly contested game. However, this time around, the Red Bulls overwhelmed the visitors 6-1 after scoring five goals in the second half. Markez Zella scored three goals and Dontae Greer, Zach Ryan and Christian Martinez each added one apiece for the young Red Bulls.

The Under-14 Red Bulls began their weekend on Saturday against the Cosmos, and the first half ended with the team’s deadlocked at zero. Early in the second half, Marcello Borges opened the scoring, but the Cosmos quickly answered to tie the match. However, John Antunes then set up Anthony Sileo to give the Red Bulls the lead again, while Antunes added an insurance goal late to seal the victory. On Sunday, the U-14 Red Bulls suffered their first loss of the season, falling 2-1 to the Baltimore Bays. Malik Stewart scored the lone Red Bulls goal in the defeat.

On Saturday, the Under-15 Red Bulls also faced the Cosmos, but were unable to find the back of the net, falling 2-0. The squad bounced back on Sunday against the Baltimore Bays, avenging an early-season 1-0 loss. The Red Bulls got two goals from Harrison Steadman and one each from Dante Perez, Tyler Stowell, and Tyler Pinho as they cruised to a 5-0 win.

24 April 12:37 pm

The Red Bulls Academy enjoyed an impressive weekend, winning all six of its contests on Saturday and Sunday. The Red Bulls’ Under-18 team won both of its matches, defeating the Boston Bolts and fellow MLS side New England Revolution. On Saturday, the U-18’s knocked off the Bolts by a 3-1 score. The Red Bulls opened the scoring two minutes in through Eric Lagg. Ten minutes later, Brandon Allen converted his chance off a corner kick to double the Red Bulls’ lead. Scotty Thomsen, who assisted on the Red Bulls’ first two goals, capped off a great day by setting up Mael Corboz for the third and final goal. The U-18’s completed their weekend with a 2-1 victory over the Revolution on Sunday, despite falling behind by a goal early on. The Red Bulls responded with goals from Allen and Danny Bedoya, while the defense held firm against a late rush from the Revolution.

The Red Bulls Under-16 team also knocked off the Boston Bolts and New England Revolution, scoring a 2-1 victory on Saturday over the Bolts and a 5-2 win against the Revs on Sunday. On Saturday, the Red Bulls allowed an early Bolts goal, but rallied with goals from Izzy Tandir and Vinny Brunetti. Adam Najem assisted on both. On Sunday, the Red Bulls came out on top in a high-scoring affair against the Revs. Tandir continued his hot play with two more goals, while Najem provided two more assists, and even found the back of the net for one of his own tallies. Malcolm Dixon and Amando Moreno rounded out the scoring for the Red Bulls.

On Saturday, the Red Bulls Under-15 squad burst out to beat the Boston Bolts by a 5-0 score. Dontae Perez led the way, scoring a hat trick, while James Buonavita and Nate Odusate also found the back of the net. The Under-14 side also had no trouble scoring, as they defeated the Bolts by a 5-1 score on Saturday. The Red Bulls scored four times before the interval on goals by Gideon Metrikin, Anthony Sileo, Malik Stewart and Jonas Halvorsen. Metrikin added another for good measure in the second half as the Red Bulls cruised to the 'W'.

03 April 9:37 am

The Red Bulls Academy teams went 6-1 this weekend and are now 12-2 over the past two weekends combined. Despite dropping their first game of the weekend to Empire United on Saturday, the Red Bulls Under-18 squad rebounded with an emphatic 5-0 victory over Seacoast on Sunday. The Red Bulls scored three times within a 13-minute span in the first half, starting with Erik Sa’s third goal of the season in the 18th minute, followed up by Sean Sheridan and Danny Bedoya finding the back of the net as well. Danny Bartok and Scotty Thomsen also scored after the restart, while Max Brown went the distance between the posts for the shutout.

The Under-16 Red Bulls went 2-0 this weekend, beginning on Saturday when they defeated Empire United by a 3-0 score. Malcolm Dixon had a standout performance, scoring once and setting up goals for Alex Muyl and Vinny Brunetti. Joe Ohaus earned the shutout in net.

On Sunday, the Under-16’s earned a hard-fought victory over Seacoast. The Red Bulls went up 2-0 on goals by Amando Moreno and Izzy Tandir, and seemed to be in control of the match. However Seacoast battled back with two quick goals to even the affair. But the Red Bulls were able to break through twice more courtesy of Muyl and Brunetti, and came away with a 4-2 win.

On Sunday, the Under-15 Red Bulls faced off against MatchFit. The Red Bulls entered halftime with a lead, as Donte Perez converted early on. Tyler Pinho doubled the Red Bulls’ advantage in the second half, and Perez added another insurance goal as the Red Bulls cruised to a smooth 3-0 win.

The Under-14 Red Bulls also earned a shutout over MatchFit, winning 2-0 on Sunday. Ethan Lochner opened the scoring early in the second half, converting a penalty kick after he was fouled in the box. Ten minutes later, Marcello Borges supplied an insurance goal, as Tom Lapinas and Max Lurie split time in net, pitching a shutout.

Also on Sunday, the Red Bulls Under-13 Pre-Academy team won its matchup with MatchFit, 2-0. Dontae Greer and Chris Schuermann provided the scoring, notching goals on either side of halftime.

27 March 11:03 am

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.

20 March 9:19 am

The Red Bulls Academy continued its winning ways this weekend with a combined 9-0 record.

The Under-18 Red Bulls kicked off their weekend with an impressive 4-2 victory over Potomac. Brandon Allen continued his excellent start to the season, scoring two goals while adding an assist. Danny Bedoya’s first two goals of the season rounded out the Red Bulls’ scoring, with Ross Tetro providing two assists. On Saturday, the Under-18’s faced off against fellow MLS side D.C. United, and goalkeeper Santiago Castano shined in earning the shutout in a 2-0 win. Allen once again was a catalyst for the Red Bulls’ attack, scoring the game’s opening goal right after halftime, his eighth of the season. Then, Allen set up Bedoya for a goal in the 85th minute to effectively put the game away.

The Under-16 Red Bulls scored a combined eight goals in their two-victory weekend. On Saturday, the U-16’s knocked off Potomac, 3-0, behind a solid defensive effort and performance from goalkeeper Joe Ohaus. Amando Moreno notched a goal and an assist, with Izzy Tandir and Malcolm Dixon rounding out the scoring. D.C. United provided a tougher test on Sunday, but the U-16’s still came away victorious by a 5-2 score. Moreno, Tandir and Dixon once again all found the back of the net, while Adam Najem tallied a brace.

Harrison Steadman enjoyed a banner weekend for the Under-15 Red Bulls, who also swept their weekend matches over Potomac and D.C. United. On Saturday, the Red Bulls knocked off Potomac 5-0, with Steadman leading the way with a hat trick. Tarik Gazko and Nick Montgomery also scored in the match. On Sunday the team traveled to take on D.C. United, and again it was Steadman who led the way. Once again he knocked in three goals, two before halftime and one after. The Red Bulls’ defense held firm throughout, and the team held on for a 3-0 shutout win.

The Under-14 Red Bulls found their scoring ways as well in comfortable wins over Potomac and D.C. United. Four first half goals against Potomac paved the way on Saturday, with Jerel Blades scoring twice before the interval. Newcomer Jose Huerta scored twice in the second half as the Red Bulls rolled to an easy victory. On Sunday, the U-14’s matched up with D.C. United, and again they were quick to strike. Gideon Metrikin, Kyle Zajec and Henry Martin paced the Red Bulls to a 3-0 halftime advantage, while Jonas Halvorsen found the back of the net twice in the second half. D.C. United was able to pull one back, but it wasn’t nearly enough as the Red Bulls took the game 5-1.

On Saturday, the Under-13 Red Bulls played an exciting back and forth match against Met Oval and came away with a dramatic victory. Trailing 1-0 entering the second half, the Red Bulls went ahead on two goals by Markez Zalla. A long-range strike by Met Oval late in the match made the game seem headed for a draw. However, with under a minute remaining in the game, Dantae Greer set up Danny Laranetto for the late-game winner.