Red Bulls' U-16 Squad Advances to National Championship

The New York Red Bulls U-16 squad is getting the job done during the Academy Finals Week in Houston, TX. After defeating Pateadores 3-1 in the first round of the tournament and following up with a 1-0 win over Chicago Thursday night, the Red Bulls paved their way to the title game thanks to yet another 'W', defeating the Charlotte Soccer Academy 3-0 Saturday night.

Adam Najem, Wesley Wade and Amando Moreno were the Red Bulls' goal scorers, while Evan Luoro stood between the posts to backstop the team to its second-straight clean sheet in the tournament. Back-up goalkeeper Joe Ohaus subbed on in the 76th minute, who was quick to make a stellar save that preserved the shutout before the final whistle.

“It’s great for the kids [to get to the championship],” New York head coach Rob Elliott told USsoccer.com. “It’s just another pressure environment for the kids to perform in. I think that’s what this is really about.”

The perfect 3-0 record and nine-point finish will have the Red Bulls facing St. Louis’ Scott Gallagher FC in the USDA Championship Game Monday at 9pm ET.

The Final will stream live Monday night on USsoccer.com.

Good luck to our U-16s, who remain one win away from a national title!