Cristian Casseres, Jr. Named 12th in USL 20 Under 20 List

The pedigree Casseres brought as a young prospect that represented Venezuela at the 2017 South American Under-17 Football Championship was the principle reason the New York Red Bulls signed the 18-year-old this offseason and he’s become an exciting member of the Red Bulls II midfield this season while also making his MLS debut this August.

The central midfielder has fit in well to the Red Bulls II’s lineup, leading the team with 55.6 passes per 90 minutes while sitting second in passing accuracy at 77.4 percent to defender Kevin Politz among players to have attempted more than 400 passes this season for the side. Defensively, Casseres leads the Red Bulls II with 171 won duels at a success rate of 58.7 percent while posting 25 interceptions and a tackle success rate of 65.6 percent.

After being called up to Venezuela’s U20 National Team during its last cycle, the expectation should be that Casseres is part of that country’s bid to qualify for the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup, and could be a player to watch should La Vinotinto qualify for next year’s tournament.

Red Bulls II Head Coach John Wolyniec on Cristian Casseres, Jr.:

"Cristian’s a guy we’re really excited about. He’s shown early on as a young player that he can come in and make a difference in the midfield, another guy that’s got only a little bit of MLS experience but with that, he did a lot. He’s a guy that we value highly around here. He works in the midfield, he shows that he’s a complete two-way player and he just has to get a little bit more physical in the midfield and speed up his play a little bit. His soccer brain is at a high level, so we value him as a high-level player around here."