decker.jpg Names Two Red Bulls in the Top 5 Players from US Soccer Development Academy Finals

Fresh off the New York Red Bulls' U-18s claiming a second straight USDA Championship, compiled a brief list of the Top 5 performers from the finals. Given their play during the championship run - not to mention their outstanding and consistent play during the regular season as well - it's no surprise to see the names Ethan Decker and Alex Muyl atop the list.

During the team's 19-1-5 regular season run, it seemed like not a week would go by when at least one of the players wasn't mentioned as a goal scorer. The dynamic duo made for a dangerous attacking front for the Red Bulls, only further personified by Decker's game-tying, 23-yard blast that found the back of the net in Saturday's 2-1 win over Shattuck-St. Mary's.

Decker, who finished second overall in the rankings, certainly turned some heads:

"New York’s roster is another one that is loaded with talent and Decker (above) is part of that collection. The New Jersey native makes smart runs and has a nose for the ball. Scouts and coaches said the University of Connecticut commit has the quality you want in a front man, including the ability to find the ball in dangerous spaces and finish. He punctuated his week with a 30-yard golazo in the U-18 final."

Similar to the Decker-Muyl tandem up front for the Red Bulls, it's only fair to see Muyl right next to his teammate in the rankings.

Here's what had to say about the No. 1 spot:

"Muyl was impressive as a 16-year-old at this tournament last year and his game has taken a step up since. The skill that separated him in 2012 from others is still there, but now comes at a faster pace. The Georgetown University commit is skilled on the ball and his ability to cut through a defense and finish were on full display with his four group-stage goals this week."

Midfielder Arun Basuljevic, who registered the game-winner in double overtime Saturday evening, was also named in the "others to watch" section of the piece.

Check out the full list of top performers over at