New York Red Bulls II completed its inaugural USL season in fourth place of the Eastern Conference. Through 28 games, the club finished with the winning record of 12-10-6 and hosted its first USL Playoff match at Red Bull Arena against Pittsburgh Riverhounds on Sept. 26.
Red Bulls II was successful in the first-round matchup, defeating Pittsburgh, 4-2, in overtime. NYRB II advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinal where they fell with 10-men on the road against the top-seeded Rochester Rhinos who only lost one match all season and has since advanced to the 2015 USL Championship.
The following is a numerical guide to New York Red Bulls II’s inaugural USL season:
1: In the club’s first season, the team earned its first playoff berth on Sept. 12, 2015 and won its first USL Playoffs match in overtime against Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal.
5: Five Red Bulls Academy products were named to the USL Team of the Week this season. Dan Metzger, one of the five former Academy players, was also named USL Player of the Week. Throughout the 28 week USL season, 13 different NYRB II players were named to the USL Team of the Week.
6: There are six former Academy players who played with Red Bulls II this season currently in their freshman year of college: Derrick Etienne (Virginia), Juan Sebastian Sanchez (Tulsa), Marcello Borges (Michigan), Henry Martin (Princeton), Kyle Zajec (Georgetown), and Ethan Lochner (Georgetown).
8: In total, eight active Red Bulls Academy players appeared with Red Bulls II in 2015. Six of the players have since moved on to their respective college soccer teams, while Mason Deeds (committed to Georgetown) and Brian Saramago (committed to Loyola) have one year remaining with Red Bulls U-18 before they move onto college.
13: A total of thirteen players who appeared in at least one match for Red Bulls II have played for the First Team in the MLS regular season. The players have recorded a combined seven goals and three assists in MLS competitions this season. All three assists were game-winners.
15: On July 22, 2015, fifteen Red Bulls players, all of whom played for New York Red Bulls II, made their First Team debuts against Chelsea F.C. in the International Champions Cup, a 4-2 win for New York. All four goals were scored by Academy products: Franklin Castellanos, Tyler Adams and Sean Davis, who scored twice.
16: Tyler Adams, the first ever signing in New York Red Bulls II history, was the youngest player to suit up for Red Bulls II this season at age 16. The second youngest player was 16-year old Brian Saramago, who is three months older than Adams.
38: Throughout the regular season, New York Red Bulls II saw 38 different players appear in at least one match for the club.
46: Red Bulls II scored 46 goals in the regular season, the sixth most in USL. Marius Obekop finished as New York’s top scorer with six goals, followed by Chris Tsonis with five, and Leo Stolz, Manolo Sanchez and Anatole Abang tied with four goals apiece.
83: Santiago Castano made 83 saves in 21 games played this season, sixth most in USL. The goalkeeper played 1,884 minutes and earned a 1.62 goals against average.
5,869: 2015 MLS SuperDraft picks Leo Stolz (22 games played), Shawn McLaws (21 GP), Stefano Bonomo (nine GP) and Manolo Sanchez (22 GP) played a combined 5,869 minutes during the USL regular season. All four draft picks also started in both USL Playoff matches.
6,600: The seven Academy products signed to USL contracts totaled 6,600 combined minutes played in the USL regular season. Tyler Adams, Dan Metzger, Konrad Plewa, Victor Manosalvas, Franklin Castellanos, Daniel Bedoya and Bolu Akinyode made up the seven former Red Bulls Academy players on Red Bulls II in 2015.