The win on Wednesday night wasn't just a win for the first team, but for the organization as a whole.
The New York Red Bulls beat the Houston Dynamo, 1-0, on the back of Brian White's first MLS goal, coming in his first MLS start.
Cristian Cásseres, Jr., Andreas Ivan and White were each in the Starting XI for the first time in their MLS careers, and all made immediate impacts in the win. White notched his first career MLS goal, Cásseres played well, manning the midfield defense aside Homegrown Tyler Adams, and Ivan was making passes and creating opportunities for his teammates.
The development of players was the real winner on Wednesday night.
“It makes me proud," Head Coach Chris Armas said during his postgame press conference. “This is who we are. We think we’re one of the leaders of this player development. We’re at the forefront. We believe in young guys, we push, and it’s about the philosophy, it’s about the mentality, the leadership from young guys, and we’re not afraid to give them chances. I think from the club, and to some of the leadership, we’re really, really happy with some of those performances.”
Captain Luis Robles spoke highly of job the front office has done in finding and developing the young talent that allows the team to rotate players without skipping a beat.
"I’ve been saying this all season, the front office all season has done a great job of creating depth through transactions, so that when we deal with rotation when the schedule and season get very congested, especially around summertime," Robles said. "Yet, when you look in training, there’s a number of guys that could fill in, be starters, and do well. And we saw that today, it’s crazy our team got even younger today."
Adams, who came up through the Red Bulls Academy and has been a fixture in the Starting XI week in and week out, spoke about the performances from Cásseres, Ivan and White after the match.
"Unbelievable performances by all three tonight," Adams said. "Obviously, Andy has been around the group for not that long now and for him to come into the game like that, a fast-paced game, takes some adapting. He did well. Cásseres, he’s done excellent with the USL team and he fit seamlessly into what we do. Amazing that all the little details with what the USL team does transpires into this masterpiece and you can see some adapting for him but it’s his first game, go out there and enjoy it.
"And Brian, he’s making saves in USL, he’s scoring goals in USL, now he’s scoring in MLS," Adams said. "So it’s amazing for him to go out and do what he did and as a striker he does a lot of the dirty work that goes unnoticed. Obviously, everyone remembers the goal, but he helped our team defend tonight."