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ACADEMY UPDATE: Red Bulls Academy Completes Weekend Sweep

The New York Red Bulls Academy teams were active at all levels and continued their strong start to the season by defeating both PA Classics and Cedar Stars.

The Red Bulls Academy walked away from the weekend with a combined 7-0-0 record.


September 30, 2017: Red Bulls U18/19 (7) vs. PA Classics (0)

The Red Bulls came out strong from the first whistle to the end of the game putting on an impressive offensive display with seven goals.

The first goal of the game came 17 minutes into the contests by JP Marin, while the second came in the five minutes later by Benjamin Mines assisted by Skylar Conway.

Mines and Conway created a fair amount of problems for the opposition. Mines got on the score sheet again in the 25th minute getting an assist from Michael Knapp. Conway put a fourth goal in to finish the half.

Shortly after halftime, Conway scored off an impressive individual effort after receiving the ball off a cross making the lead 5-0 and the second goal for Conway.

Ben Mines created more havoc in the oppositions box leading to a penalty kick, which JP Marin successfully slotted past the goalie in the 63rd minute.

Murphy joined the scoresheet in the 85th minute.

“In the second half we were stronger,” Jared Juleau said. “The pressure was a lot stronger.”

Coach Jeff Zaun added, “Skyler played well today. It was good we finished our chances in the first half. It definitely helped open the game for us. Overall it was a good team performance.”

Lineup: Matt Frank, Ben Bograd (Julian Kraidelman 60’), Jordan Bailon, Michael Knapp (Anthony Rovito 66’), Jared Juleau, Kazuyoshi Shigenobu (John Murphy 66’), JP Marin, Skylar Conway, Benjamin Mines, Habtamu Darling (Alexandre Carbonnier 60’), Jonathan Filipe (Jack Valderrabano 70’)

Scoring Summary:

NY: JP Marin 17'

NY: Benjamin Mines (Skylar Conway) 22'

NY: Benjamin Mines (Michael Knapp) 25'

NY: Skylar Conway 44'

NY: Skylar Conway (Benjamin Mines) 52'

NY: JP Marin 63'

NY: John Murphy 85'

Man of the Match: Skylar Conway


September 30, 2017: Red Bulls U16/17 (4) vs. PA Classics (2)

The Red Bulls took care of business on Saturday, defeating PA Classics, 4-2.

The home side came out strong constantly trying to create opportunities and their hard work paid off in the 14th minute with Scott Taylor getting his first goal of the game.

After the first goal of the match the Red Bulls dominated the midfield with strong play by Peter Stroud and Dylan Sullivan while Balthazar Saunders, Scott Taylor and Andrew Maia were causing trouble for PA Classic’s defense.

In the 37th minute, Saunders got on the score sheet with help from Dylan Sullivan to make the score 2-0.

Right before halftime, the opposition scored to make it 2-1.

In the 56th minute, Andrew Maia scored in the box after Taylor slid an excellent pass into the box.

PA Classics pulled one back in the 86th minute to make the score 3-2, but two minutes later, Tiao curled a fantastic cross for Taylor to kill off the game. It was Taylor’s second goal of the game to finish the contest 4-2.

 “It was a good team performance,” Taylor said. “We grinded out the win. With the possession we were creating good chances. But we need to have better game management for these situations.”

Lineup: Matthew Goodman, Bryce Lebel, Hamza Shehata, Sean Ryan (John Michael Tolkin 46’), Peter Stroud, Dylan Sullivan (Amir Daley 84’), Andrew Maia, Diogo Rebelo (Conner Maurer 75’), Eion Keogh (Danny Jara 68’), Balthazar Saunders (Christopher Tiao 75’), Scott Taylor

Scoring Summary:

NY: Scott Taylor (Bryce Lebel) 14'

NY: Balthazar Saunders (Dylan Sullivan) 37'

PA Classics 44'

NY: Andrew Maia (Scott Taylor) 56'

PA Classics 86'

NY: Scott Taylor (Christopher Tiao) 88'

Man of the Match: Scott Taylor


September 30, 2017: Red Bulls U15 (6) vs. PA Classics (0)

The Red Bulls U15s were on the offensive from the first whistle to the end of the game en route to a 6-0 win over PA Classics.

Spectators had to wait ten minutes to see the Red Bulls take the lead by Edwin Melendez scoring after Thomas Tulgar’s original shot was saved.

The Red Bulls kept the pressure going especially starting most attacks on the left hand side with the tandem of Justin Aguirre and Dion Ahmetaj. The boys hard work pressuring the ball led to Tulgar getting on the scoresheet when he intercepted a back pass to make the score 2-0 in the 21st minute.

Tulgar then scored two minutes later after getting a pass from Melendez to make the score 3-0. This was the second goal created by great pressure. In the 41st minute Ahmetaj got on the score sheet after a cross by Ethen Horrobin.

Second-half substitute Omre Etienne made a quick impact in the 51st minute after creating a golden opportunity for Tulgar to score his third goal of the game.

The final goal came in the 70th minute from Joseph Zalinsky sniping a shot to the left side of the goal. Zalinsky was a constant threat throughout the game surging down the right hand side.

“We played well today and moved the ball well,” Tulgar said. “When moving the ball we created more chances. [We’re] looking forward to next game. We are on a good streak”

Lineup: Brian Toxtle, Justin Aguirre (Justin Vallecillo 46’), Gavin Tabije, Carmelo Carbone, Joseph Zalinsky, Matthew Acosta, Ethen Horrobin (Ethan Harris 62’), Lucas Costa (Jakob Friedman 62’), Dion Ahmetaj (Adam Havens 62’), Thomas Tulgar, Edwin Melendez (Omre Etienne 46’)

Scoring Summary:

NY: Edwin Melendez (Thomas Tulgar) 10'

NY: Thomas Tulgar 21'

NY: Thomas Tulgar (Edwin Melendez) 23'

NY: Dion Ahmetaj (Ethen Horrobin) 41'

NY: Thomas Tulgar (Omre Etienne) 51'

NY: Joseph Zalinsky 70'

Man of the Match: Thomas Tulgar


October 1, 2017: Red Bulls U14 (4) vs. PA Classics (0)

The Red Bulls U14’s blanked PA Classics, 4-0, in the final match on Sunday.

Oscar Bowring started the scoring off 17 minutes in when he finished a ball from Simone Adjakple.

Adjakple would get a chance of his own, converting in the 29th minute to make it 2-0.

The Classics put up a fight, but New York dominated possession throughout the match, finding width and opening up the midfield.

The 14’s found the back of the net once more before the half, as Jacob Lee made it 3-0.

The second half saw more of the same, with the Red Bulls dominating possession and creating plenty of chances. 

Adjakple doubled his goal scoring tally on the day, scoring the team’s final goal in the 46th minute to maintain the team’s undefeated record of 4-0-1 on the season.

The New York Red Bulls U14’s will play midweek against NYCFC at home Wednesday night.

Lineup: Jacob Lee, Nico Beninda, John Carlos Cortez, Victor Lim, Simone Adjakple, James Cartier, Johnathan Jean-Baptiste, Oscar Bowring, Ciran Dalton, James Lucass, Adan Franco

Subs: Jack Krongold, Justin Chimborazo, Brandon Newman, Aaron Kurzer, Joshua Virgil

Scoring Summary:

NY: Oscar Bowring (Simone Adjakple) 17'

NY: Simone Adjakple 29'

NY: Jacob Lee 34'

NY: Simone Adjakple (Jack Krongold) 44'


October 1, 2017: Red Bulls U13 (8) vs. PA Classics (0)

The Red Bulls U13’s defeated PA Classics, 8-0, on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

The scoring was opened in the fourth minute, as Luciano Sanchez netted his first of three goals on the day, with the assist coming from Kyle Evans.

Ezra Widman would see himself on the score sheet this day, as he beat the keeper just 13 minutes later to make it 2-0.

Overall, this was an opportunity for the entire team to work on key areas of their game, including their ability to connect and move the ball, and Sanchez, Gabriel Ruitenberg, and Evans would all score before the end of the first half.

The second half was more of the same, as Sanchez netted his hat-trick in the 60th minute.

The victory kept the Red Bulls U13’s undefeated on the season through four games.

Lineup: Gabriel Ruitenberg, Luciano Sanchez, Alex Kozdron, Ezra Widman, Kyle Evans, Kevin Cull, Sam Williams, Andrew Barclay, Curtis Ofori, Dreni Idrizi, Luka Ohadike.

Subs: Erik Ruiz, Kenny Cortez, Andrew Armstron, Carter Smith, Jake Rubis, Oscar Valencia, Sam Wenger

Scoring Summary:

NY: Luciano Sanchez (Kyle Evans) 4'

NY: Ezra Widman 17'

NY: Luciano Sanchez 17'

NY: Gabriel Ruitenberg (Alex Kozdron) 22'

NY: Kyle Evans (Luciano Sanchez) 35'

NY: Alex Kozdron 42'

NY: Luciano Sanchez 60'

NY: Carter Smith 70'                     


October 1, 2017: Red Bulls U12 Blue (1) vs. Cedar Stars (0)

One goal is all it took for the Red Bulls U12 Blue to secure a win over Cedar Stars-Monmouth on Sunday morning.

New York had the bulk of the chances in the first half, including the only goal of the game.

The first minute penalty was converted by Bora Turker, and would be all it took to see the game out.

The Red Bulls fought hard to hold off a second half push from Cedar Stars, and were able to keep them off the board with the stellar goalkeeper play by Ramon Camejo.

The keeper’s distribution on the day was the cause for many counter attacking opportunities, and the build up from the back almost led to a second goal in the final minutes of the game by Mark Bronnik, but was cleared off the line by a Stars defender.

The New York Red Bulls U12 Blue will look to carry the momentum into next weekend’s away fixture against Cedar Stars-Bergen.

Lineup: Bora Turker, Victor Signes, Colin O’Brien, Ackime Harris, Maddox Ortiz, Andrew Jean-Baptiste, Ramon Camejo, Kaief Tomlinson, Copeland Berkley Peter Cardinale, Mark Bronnik, Max Williams, Chandler Young

Scoring Summary:

NY: Bora Turker (PK) 1'


October 1, 2017: Red Bulls U12 Red (2) vs. Cedar Stars (1)

In one of the most competitive matches of the day, Red Bulls U12 Red was able to pull out a late win with a stoppage time goal from Justin Blanco, 2-1.

The first half was hard fought by both teams, with chances created equally. Goalkeeper Matteo Paolillo was forced to make a handful of great saves to keep the score level headed into halftime.

It would be Cedar Stars, however, to open the scoring in the 44th minute, breaking the deadlock.

The Red Bulls would not be set back, as they continued to push forward, finding an equalizer through Logan Neno just two minutes later. The finish garnered a Cristiano Ronaldo-esque celebration from the youngster, who almost doubled his goal tally just minutes later, forcing a big save from the Stars keeper.

The teams were not fit to be tied, however, as a 60’+ goal from Justin Blanco sealed victory for the Red Bulls.

Lineup: Caden Driver, Logan Neno, Jordi Foca-Rodi, Matteo Paolillo, Justin Blanco, James Reed, Nikita Dushkevich, Nathan Worth, James Priolo, Matias Gonzalez, Adam Basse, Allen Pelcastre

Scoring Summary:

Cedar Stars 44'

NY: Logan Neno 46'

NY: Justin Blanco 60'+1

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