Red Bull Academy Update: April 19
A LOOK BACK:
U20s: The Red Bull U20s are not in season.
U18s: The U18 Red Bulls defeated in-state rival NJSA 04 with a late goal to secure the three points on Saturday, April 17, in a US Development Academy match. The game started well for the Red Bulls as they dominated the early parts of the game but were unable to get on the scoreboard. Jon Gonzalez (Bloomfield, NJ) and CJ Lyle (Stamford, CT) came closest in the first half but could not get on the end of two crosses from George Velasquez (Union City, NJ).
“At half-time we talked about being more effective in the offensive third of the field and being more composed in the box. We created numerous chances today and should have won by more. But credit to NJSA and their goalkeeper who made several outstanding saves to make the game difficult for us” stated U18 Head Coach Paul O’Donnell.
In the second half, the Red Bulls peppered the NJSA goal with numerous shots. However, it was not until the 76th minute when David Najem (Clifton, NJ) finished neatly from a Christian Battistesa (Bound Brook, NJ) cross. The U18s had several other great chances to double the score. The best chance was Mike Innocenzi’s (Franklin Lakes, NJ) shot from eight yards out that hit off the underside and the crossbar and rebounded to safety.
Lineup: Bonder, Ehrenworth (Najem 57’), Adler, Gallego, Garcia Davis (McCarthy 78’), O. Gonzalez, Mencia (Innocenzi 45’), Velasquez (Battistesa 45’), J. Gonzalez, CJ Lyle (Manosalvas 64’).
Subs not used: Montanez, Cardona.
Goals: Najem (76’).
U16s: The U16s broke out of a bit of a scoring slump by putting six goals past U16 Met Oval on Thursday night, April 15, in US Development Academy action. Sam Adjei (Newark, NJ) provided two goals and an assist, while Eric Lagg (Lafayette, NJ), Luis Munoz (New York, NY) and Damian Bziukiewicz (East Rutherford, NJ) each added a goal and an assist. Max Brown (New York, NY) went the distance for the shutout win in goal in the 6-0 victory.
Goals: Adjei ‘18, Castillo '22, Adjei '47, Bziukiewicz '49, Lagg '61, Munoz '73.
Lineup: Brown, Adjei(Bartok), Gonzalez(Lagg), Bziukiewicz(Cruz), Castillo(Haskel), Munoz, Kryzsik(Dorador), Ceron, Orsaris, Alvarado, Cassagranda.
The U16's beat in state rival U16 NJSA, 4-0, on Saturday, April 17, to conclude a perfect weekend of US Development Academy play. Adjei scored two goals while Lagg and Bziukiewicz each scored to help the Red Bulls to a comfortable victory. Brown was in goal and recorded his second straight clean sheet victory.
Goals: Lagg '43, Adjei '56, Bziukiewicz '65, Adjei '75.
Lineup: Brown, Adjei (Wantchekon), Lagg (Bartok), Bziukiewicz (Cruz), Castillo (Haskel), Munoz, Kryzsik (Akinyode), Ceron, Orsaris, Alvarado, Colonnelli.
U14 Pre-Academy: The U14 Pre-Academy Red Bulls defeated U14 Seacoast United, 4-0, on Sunday, April 18 in a Northeast Pre-Academy League match. The Red Bulls took an early lead when Clay Taylor (Mendham, NJ) slipped behind the Seacoast defense and beat the goalie to his left. The Red Bulls had many more chances in the first half but did not capitalize on them.
In the second half the Red Bulls continued to create chances and scored three more times on goals from Karl Cesar (Glen Oaks, NY) and Amando Moreno (Perth Amboy, NJ). Taylor scored his second of the match to create the final margin.
U14 1996: The U14 1996 team did not play last week.
A LOOK AHEAD:
Wednesday, April 21
U16 Red Bulls vs. U16 PDA, 7:30 pm at Rutgers-Newark (US Development Academy League)
Thursday, April 22
U18 Red Bulls vs. U18 PDA, 8:00 pm at Rutgers-Newark (US Development Academy League)
Saturday, April 24
U14 Pre-Academy Red Bulls @ U14 PA Classics, 1:00 pm at PA Classics (Northeast Pre-Academy League)
Sunday, April 25
U16 Red Bulls @ U16 Baltimore Bays, 12:00 pm at Baltimore Bays (US Development Academy League)
U18 Red Bulls @ U18 Baltimore Bays, 2:00 pm at Baltimore Bays (US Development Academy League)
U14 Pre-Academy Red Bulls @ U14 Baltimore Bays, 4:00 pm at Baltimore Bays (Northeast Pre-Academy League)