Academy Update: U-18s and U-16s Wrap Up Seasons

18 June 2:21 pm

Academy Update: U-18s and U-16s Wrap Up Seasons

By Chris Celletti

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.