Few USSDA clubs have been more successful than the New York Red Bulls. Some of the brightest young American players have donned Red Bulls colors. Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Connor Lade (New York Red Bulls), Dan Metzger (Maryland), Keith Cardona (Maryland), Adam Najem (Akron), Brandon Allen (Georgetown), Sean Davis (Duke), Bryan Gallego (Akron), Dilly Duka (Columbus Crew), Bolu Akinyode (Seton Hall), Scott Thomson (Virginia), Widner St. Cyr (Maryland), Ismar Tandir (Sochaux), Sacir Hot and Matt Kassel to name just a few.
The 2012-2013 season saw New York sign three players straight from their fruitful academy. Amando Moreno (’95 – Striker) and Santiago Castano (’95 – Goalkeeper) signed with the club on December 11, 2012. Moreno and Castano marked the first HG signings for the club since their original signing-Connor Lade. Moreno and Castano are seen as two of the top US prospects in the 1995 pool. Both just recently returned from duty with the US U18 squad that participated in the Milk Cup. Moreno, who U18 coach Javier Perez raves about, wore the #10 shirt.
In May 2013, Red Bulls scooped up Matt Miazga, a 2013 Michigan commit who had been making a name for himself as one of the top defenders in all the country. Miazga joined Moreno and Castano, as well as current Red Bulls Academy players Alex Muyl (’95 – Striker) and Chris Lema (’96 – Midfielder) on the US U18 Milk Cup roster.
The 2013-2014 USSDA will be one of many firsts. First time we see a U13/U14 division, as well as the first time an Academy competes for back-to-back-to-back USSDA National Championships.
The U17/U18 Red Bulls defeated Shattuck-St. Mary’s squad in Houston in just over a month ago. The Red Bulls lose goal scoring duo Ethan Decker (UConn) and Alex Muyl (Georgetown) as well as midfield generals Adam Najem (Akron) and Captain Erik Sa (Rutgers). For any other Academy this might signal the end of an era. For the Red Bulls its just part of the never ending cycle of talent.
New York U18s will rely heavily on returning starter and Georgetown commits ’95 Arun Basuljevic and ’96 usynt Chris Lema as well as the trio of homegrown signee’s Moreno, Castano and Miazga. However, Moreno, Castano and Miazga could very well see first team action in 2013-2014, thus a majority of the load will be on the promising crop of ’96s promoted from the U16s. Steven Echevarria, Derrick Etienne, Anthony Viteri and Harrison Steadman will likely form the core of the midfield in 2013-2014. Look for Alexander Tejera and Dante Perez to form a dynamic attack with or without the talent Amando Moreno. ’96s Billy Stevens, Kevin Politz, and Brandon Tetro will form a solid defense.
If there is one thing the Red Bulls do not lack it’s goalkeepers. Beside homegrown signee Castano, the Red Bulls boast usynt Evan Louro as well as Gianni Carillo. At any other Academy each of these goalkeepers is a lock for the #1 jersey in New York they continually do battle and push each other.
With most of the 2012-2013 U16 Red Bulls promoted to the U18s the U16s will be looking to a new crop stars. Look for ’97s Gideon Metrikin, Henry Martin, Ethan Lochner, Sean Teixeira as well as new recruit from Met Oval U16 Christopher Flores to lead the squad. Other players to watch include ’98s Jared Gilbey and Mason Deeds who have both been in the Red Bulls Academy for a number of years.
Lastly, the U13/U14 division will bring a number of surprises nation-wide. One certainty is that the Red Bulls will boast talent some of the nation’s top talent. US BNT stand-out ’99 Tyler Adams will anchor the center of defense in front of stellar goalkeeping prospects ’99 Ethan Koehler and ’99 Xavier Kennedy. ’99 Carlos Alvarado will also provide some bite in the defensive third. Going forward look for ’99 Brandon Haughton to team with usynt ’99 Jean Paul Marin and ’00 Timothy Weah. Weah spent the spring with US id2 program and the summer with Chelsea Academy. Weah could be one of the top players in the whole U13/14 division.
Academy Star: ’95 Amando Moreno
Academy Talisman: ’96 Derrick Etienne
Academy Prospects: ’99 Tyler Adams
Since the article’s release OWTY has learned that ’97 usynt forward Malcolm Dixon and ’99 usynt forward Omir Fernandez are also on the NYRB U18 and NYRB U14 rosters respectively.
Dixon, a skilled forward with pace to burn, will likely team up with Moreno and Perez to form what is likely to be the top attack in all of USSDA. Dixon is apart of the US U17-U18 pool and spent time with US U17s in 2013. Dixon is one of the hotter names on the college recruiting front as well. He has major interest from schools such as Wake Forest, Virginia, UNC, and Georgetown. Another big season from Dixon can be expected.
Like Dixon, Omir Fernandez is a skilled striker who has seen time with the US U14 BNT over the last year. Fernandez is making the move from BW Gottschee where he played alongside fellow Red Bull newboy Timothy Weah. Fernandez has caught the eye of a number of the top youth-sides in Mexico over the summer. Look for Omir, Timothy Weah and Brandon Haughton to form one of the more dynamic attacks in the newly minted U14 division.