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Already with one great attempt earlier in the match, Kenny Cooper was firing on all cylinders yet again in the 41st minute when he sent this blast on frame that just nicked the finger tips of Sporting KC goalkeeper Brian Nielsen, sending it out for a corner kick attempt:
Inside the 23rd minute, with both sides locked in a scoreless tie, Dax McCarty fired a hard shot on frame that forced Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Brian Nielsen off the line to make a diving stop. Unable to hang on to the ball, the rebound squirted free and found the foot of a charging Kenny Cooper. Unfortunately Coop's attempt went off the mark and out.
It seems to be the same story every week - the only difference is the scoreline.
The New York Red Bulls Academy products pieced together another perfect weekend for the third week in a row as the U-13 team, all the way up to U-18s, posted impressive wins.
The U-13s kicked things off in the win column, as two shutout victories improved their overall record to 10-0-0.
Saturday marked the first of two wins for the squad, as the team shut out Seacoast United in an impressive 6-0 victory. Alex Clarke opened up the scoring when he found the back of the net for the first time this season and the club quickly added some insurance as Jake Silverstein, Bryan Sorto and Denzel Nash tallied one each. Brandon Haughton tickled the netting twice in the win.
On Sunday it was the same end result with only half the tallies, as the U-13s defeated PA Classics 3-0. Haughton registered his second brace in as many games and added an assist, while Anes Mrkluic added the third goal and one helper on the day.
The under-14 Academy team remains unbeaten on the season after posting an impressive shutout win over Seacoast United Saturday afternoon. Mason Toye and Rodrigo D’Andrea helped power the side to a 5-0 lead at halftime and cruised to victory in the final 45 minutes to improve their league record to 8-0 and overall record to 11-0. The U-14s travel to New England next weekend and will take on the Revolution’s Academy side Sunday morning.
Kyle Zajec starting off the scoring against Seacoast United Saturday morning before Jerel Blade, Malik Stewart and Orestis Sousonis padded the lead to give the U-15s a 4-0 win.
The U-16s improved to 5-0-0 on the season after they defeated Seacoast United 4-1. Despite falling into an early 1-0 hole, the Red Bulls responded quickly with four unanswered goals from Derrick Etienne, Dante Perez, Alex Tejera and Anthony Viteri to secure the win.
Seacoast United’s U-18 team also fell to the Red Bulls’ side 8-0 Sunday afternoon as three separate New York players tallied a brace. Amando Moreno opened up the scoring in the 43rd minute to give the Red Bulls a 1-0 lead; a lead that quickly escalated to 3-0 before the half as Matt Miazga and Izzy Tandir each scored in the 44th minute. Heading into the final 45, it was Moreno again in the 51st minute, followed by Alex Muyl, Tandir, Erik Sa and Muyl’s final tally for the side in the 87th minute that rounded out the scoring.
Saturday's match against the Chicago Fire wasn't exactly the best match of the season, and that definitely reflects in Week 31 Power Rankings.
On the bright side, New York can still claim a spot in the postseason with a win/draw against Kansas City on Oct. 20 and/or a Columbus Crew loss. Ideally, in an effort to avoid that play-in game, the perfect scenario would have Columbus defeating DC United and New York beating Sporting KC to leapfrog DC and claim third place in the East.
But let's not get too far ahead of ourselves right now. The team has a week off to get things back on track before SKC and reset the odometers for a run into the postseason. Until then, we'll have to settle for the following spots in the power rankings:
The Power Rankings Politburo may have lost faith with the Red Bulls. With seven games left they had five at home and two winnable road games; they’ve gone 2-2-1 to start that stretch off, and never looked threatening against either Chicago or Sporting."
ESPN Soccernet also drops the Red Bulls down to eighth overall after putting them as high as fifth last week:
"The Red Bulls didn't cough up any early goals this time, but their defense looked suspect enough in conceding two second-half tallies against the Fire. Now New York is worried about having a dreaded play-in game."
Sports Illustrated's Avi Creditor followed in suit, placing the Red Bulls at No. 8.
That wraps up this installment of power rankings. Nothing much to recap other than the fact that the Red Bulls will enter their Oct. 20 match against SKC ranked 8th overall in all three of these rankings. A win would undoubtedly help improve upon that number.
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It was another stellar week for the New York Red Bulls Academy teams, as they combined yet again for a perfect record.
Three-straight victories by the U-13 Academy kicked things off for New York, as the group posted a 2-0 win over the Cosmos, defeated Albertson 6-0 and closed the weekend out with a 3-0 victory over PDA.
The U-14 Red Bulls registered two strong wins this weekend with back-to-back victories of the Baltimore Bays and Seacoast United. Not only did the Red Bulls remain unbeaten, but they handed the Bays their first loss of the season with a 2-1 win. The U-14s cruised to a big victory over Seacoast United in the second meeting of the weekend after scoring five first-half goals and shutting out the opposition.
In U-15 action, the team rolled out two wins as they opened up a three-day tournament with a convincing 5-0 win over Potomac. Five different players cracked the score sheet in the win, but it was all Jerel Blades on the second day of the tourney, as his play helped power the Red Bulls past Seacoast 2-1 in the dying moments of the match.
Thanks to a 6-2 win over Albertson, the U-16 Red Bulls remain undefeated on the season. Matt McCarthy opened up the scoring on a nice feed from Derrick Etienne before Ettiene added two goals of his own to give the Red Bulls a 3-2 lead heading into the half. When the teams came back out onto the pitch, it was Harrison Steadman who helped pad the lead with two tallies, one off a free kick and the other courtesy of another solid pass from Etienne. Alex Tejera rounded out the scoring when he sent an Anthony Viteri pass into the netting.
The U-18 squad played in a bit of a nail biter against Albertson but managed to walk away with a 1-0 win thanks to a 48th-minute goal from Izzy Tandir, his third of the year. Albertson organized a formidable attack throughout the game, but the Red Bulls’ defense and solid goalkeeping from Santiago Castano helped New York exit the pitch with the ‘W.’
Minutes after Thierry Henry nearly put the Red Bulls up 1-0, Dax McCarty had a chance to do the same. To Dax's dismay, his volley attempt on goal just went wide to keep Chicago and New York locked in a scoreless tie at Red Bull Arena:
The Red Bulls looked primed to take a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute when Thierry Henry ripped this shot on goal. Unfortunately Chicago's Arne Friedrich was there to block the attempt and send it off frame to keep the score knotted at 0-0: