Although 2018 did not yield a USL Cup Championship, New York Red Bulls II head coach John Wolyniec reflected on the season with a smile and a feeling of pride for what his staff and players accomplished.
“I think the biggest thing is obviously the way we came together at the end of the year,” Wolyniec said. “It seemed like as the games got bigger our guys got better, and that’s a huge thing and that’s a credit to them – how brave they were, how hard we worked and when challenged we did a pretty good job, so that’s obviously a big plus.”
Making an Eastern Conference Final for a third-straight year is no small feat and 2018 challenged Wolyniec most from a competitive standpoint since taking over in 2015.
“This is the most competitive year of the four we’ve had,” Wolyniec said. “And for us to still get in at fifth place is a pretty good achievement. If we were a little more consistent throughout the year, we could have been a little higher, but man it was difficult.”
In dealing with roster fluctuation and moving first-year pros along in their careers, 2018 was a success.
“Overall, it was certainly a positive year.” Wolyniec said. “I feel like we moved a good number of players forward, we were able to get guys to buy into the system in a good way, to trust in who we are, and then improve in that. I would consider that pretty successful.”