Academy Update: U-18s record second straight shutout in sweep of Boston Bolts
The Red Bulls Academy continued to dominate at all levels last weekend, with four different teams posting shutout wins to remain in first place in their respective divisions.
New York continues to lead the Northeast Division of the USSF Development Academy on a points-per-game basis with an unbeaten 6-0-1 record after a 3-0 win over the Boston Bolts last weekend in Newton, Mass. Midfielder Derrick Etienne (Paterson, N.J.) broke through for the opening goal in the 40th minute when he picked up a loose ball, turned swiftly in the penalty area, and curled a left-footed shot into the top left corner of the goal. Red Bulls goalkeeper Evan Louro (South River, N.J.) stood out in the second half, coming out well on both through balls and crosses to help New York maintain its lead and eventually earn a second consecutive shutout. Late in the game, the Red Bulls put the game away when Man of the Match Arun Basuljevic (Mahopac, N.Y.) set up Alex Tejera (Ossining, N.Y.) for the second goal and scored the third himself in stoppage time.
At the U-16 level, the Red Bulls cruised past the Bolts 5-0 to improve to 7-0 in league play and 13-0 overall, first in the Northeast Division standings. Ethan Lochner and Mevlan Lebiti (Oxford, Conn.) each scored two goals, and Rafael Terci (Union, N.J.) also tallied in the win. Both of the older Academy teams return to action this weekend, traveling to New Hampshire to take on Seacoast United on Sunday.
The U-15 Red Bulls also went to Massachusetts and won in a rout, 6-2, behind two goals each from Dantae Greer and Josh Schupak, while Brian Saramago and Markez Zalla each scored once.
The U-14 Red Bulls concluded the fall portion of the U-14 Academy season by taking on the Philadelphia Union and Georgia United in showcase play in North Carolina. After a hard-fought 1-1 tie with Philadelphia on Saturday, including a goal from Timothy Weah, the Red Bulls crushed Georgia United 5-1 on Sunday to hit the winter break on a high note. Jack Valderrabano scored twice, and Weah, Omir Fernandez, and Zach Ryan also scored.
The 2000 pre-Academy Red Bulls made it a clean sweep of the Bolts, winning 2-0 to improve to 11-0 in pre-Academy play. Thriston Briscoe and Nick Kellerakos scored for New York, which enters its winter break in first place.
U-18: New York Red Bulls 3, Boston Bolts 0
November 17, 2013 -- Mount Ida College -- Newton, MA
USSF Development Academy
NY -- Derrick Etienne 6 (unassisted) 40
NY -- Alex Tejera 6 (Arun Basuljevic 4) 86
NY -- Arun Basuljevic 3 (unassisted) 94
New York Red Bulls -- Evan Louro, Brandon Tetro, Kevin Politz, Billy Stevens (Ezequiel Cei 78), Joe Swenson (Dugan Zier 89), Steven Echevarria, Chris Lema, Arun Basuljevic, Dante Perez (Alex Tejera 46), Derrick Etienne (Nate Odusote 70), Anthony Viteri.
Subs not used: Gianni Carillo.