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ACADEMY UPDATE: Red Bulls sweep Bethesda-Olney, U-16s break for GA Cup

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The New York Red Bulls academy welcomed Bethesda-Olney to the Red Bulls Training Facility last weekend and won all three matches. For the U-14s, this was their first match of the Spring season, while the U-18s and U-16s were playing in their third.

For the Red Bulls U-16s, this was their last game before breaking for Frisco, Texas, to play in the Generation adidas Cup. The U-16s, who qualified for the Championship Division of the tournament, will face LA Galaxy, Aspire Academy (Qatar) and the defending champions River Plate (Argentina) in the Group Stage. The U-18s are also heading into a break and will play their next game on April 3.

New York Red Bulls U-18 (2) vs. Bethesda-Olney (1)

HANOVER, N.J. (March 12, 2016) – The New York Red Bulls U-18s claimed their first victory in 2016 at the Red Bulls Training Facility against Bethesda-Olney, 2-1.

In the early stages of the game, the Red Bulls exchanged chances with Bethesda which forced goalkeeper Vadym Sanzhareevskyi to make some key saves to keep the game scoreless.

At the half-hour mark, Matt Thorshiem was fouled in the penalty box after a run and cross from Noah Powder. Ryan Mingachos stepped up to the penalty spot and converted to put New York ahead in the 31st minute.

The Red Bulls extended their lead six minutes later when Mason Deeds played in Samad Bouthong who finished into the top corner to give the Red Bulls a two-goal cushion heading into the break.

Midway through the second half, the Red Bulls nearly scored a third goal after a cross from Kyle Perno found Brian Saramago who headed his effort wide.

Bethesda got back into the game in the 77th minute, which set up for a nervy finish, but the Red Bulls held on to record its first victory of the USSDA Spring season.

“It was very important for us to win this game after having a rough start to the season,” Man of the Match Samad Bouthong said. “The match was very physical but I’m proud of the team staying composed and coming out on top. There are still a few things we need to work on but we are looking forward to out next match.”

The New York Red Bulls U-18s now head into a two-week break before its next match against local rivals PDA on Sunday, April 3, at the Red Bulls Training Facility. 

Man of the Match: Samad Bouthong

Scoring Summary (Assist in parenthesis):

  • NY: Ryan Mingachos (PK) 31’
  • NY: Samad Bouthong (Mason Deeds) 37’
  • Bethesda-Olney 77’

Lineup: Vadym Sanzharevskyi, Sean Teixeria, Mason Deeds, Cristian Martinez, Kevin O’Toole (Kyle Perno, 70’), Ryan Mingachos, Callum Johnson (Anthony Herbert, 70’), Matt Thorshiem (Jared Gilbey, 65’), Samad Bouthong, Brian Saramago, Noah Powder  (Barry Sharifi, 66’)

Subs not used: Sam Ilin, Zach Ryan

New York Red Bulls U-16 (2) vs. Bethesda-Olney (0)

HANOVER, N.J. (March 12, 2016) – The New York Red Bulls U-16s returned home to play Bethesda after two impressive road wins against D.C. United and Richmond United and claimed their third consecutive win of the Spring season, 2-0.

The Red Bulls came out strong in the first ten minutes and created many opportunities, but were unable to score. In the 15th minute, attacking midfielder JP Marin came off with an injury, which slowed the Red Bulls’ momentum, and the first half would end scoreless.

New York picked up the tempo in the second half and got on the scoreboard when Ben Mines ran in behind the Bethesda defense and scored his fifth goal of the season. Zach Ryan tallied his 11th of the season in the 75th minute to give the Red Bulls the 2-0 win.

The Red Bulls U-16s will now take a break from the Development Academy as they travel to Dallas to play in the Generation adidas tournament. The Red Bulls will face LA Galaxy, Aspire Academy (Qatar) and defending champions River Plate (Argentina).

Scoring Summary:

  • NY: Ben Mines 55’
  • NY: Zach Ryan 75’

New York Red Bulls U-14 (2) vs. Bethesda-Olney (0)

HANOVER, N.J. (March 12, 2016) – The New York Red Bulls U-14 recorded a win against Bethesda-Olney with a goal in each half as Liam Bertrand picked up the shutout, 2-0.

New York took an early lead in the 3rd minute when Leo Hecht finished a rebound from close range. Defender Samory Powder played a long diagonal ball to Scotty Taylor in behind the Bethesda backline and Taylor blasted a shot from 8-yards out that the Bethesda goalkeeper could only parry, and Hecht finished.

As the first half progressed, Bethesda produced some near chances. Bertrand made the save of the game seconds before half time to keep the visitors off the scoreboard. Bethesda struck a shot on the volley from 18-yards out, but Bertrand was there to tip the shot onto the crossbar, and defender Sean Joo cleared the rebound.

In the second half, the Red Bulls dominated possession as Bethesda struggled to challenge Bertrand. The Red Bulls sealed the victory in the 49th minute when midfielder Conner Maurer headed in from six-yards out after Aziel Jackson flicked on a Powder cross.

Lineup: Liam Bertrand, Samory Powder, Sean Joo (Sean Ryan, 41’), Jonathan Ned (Sal Pliego, 41’), Conner Maurer (Danny Ramm, 57’), Peter Stroud, Nick Gencarelli (Amadeo Chapru-tate, 41’), Scotty Taylor (Jordon May, 60’), Dylan Sullivan, Leo Hecht (Aziel Jackson, 41’).  

Subs not Used: Alex Quezada.

Scoring Summary (Assist in parenthesis):      

  • NY: Leo Hecht (Scotty Taylor, Samory Powder) 3’
  • NY: Conner Maurer (Aziel Jackson, Samory Powder) 49’

Man of the Match: Amadeo Chapru-tate (8)

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