There have been a lot of negatives for the senior side of Red Bull NY in MLS play. Everything that I have documented is well known with the amount of wins to the terrible play, a coach and a sporting director that is on their final level of life left before they are shown the door. Even though they did get a breath of fresh air when it comes to the CONCACAF Champions League and a successful first leg match in the qualifying round, there is another side to this story that we can smile about and it’s in their Youth Academy.
After going undefeated with nine wins and a draw they were drawn in Group C of the USL Super U-20 championship with Cincinnati Untied Premier, Alpharetta United and Poway Vaqueros. They started in the group stage with a win against Cincy and when their next opponent was Alpharetta United, Red Bull destroyed them by a final scoreline of nine goals to two. Leading the group with six points and a whopping plus nine goal differential they were able to take top of the group. Their only defeat in this entire season was against Poway Vaqueros, but it didn’t matter as RBNY along with the Chicago Fire, Chivas-USA & DC United were the Semi-Finalists for this years tournament.
One goal would be the difference for Chivas-USA defeating DC United, but for Red Bull it was two first half goals by John Tardy as he paired up with Ryan Kinne “Tardy is a hard worker,” Said Red Bull NY manager, Paul O’Donnell to a USL website reporter at halftime. “He works his butt off. He is a big engine up front for us and he is a big part of this team’s success.
When the final was paired between Chivas-USA & RBNY out of no where it was a thrashing. Seven goals to nil by RBNY as they took home their first U-20 Championship. Ryan Kinne wasted no time in the second minute when he headed in a cross from Steven Amaya & even though Chivas-USA looked dangerous after thet gave up that goal, it was all RBNY from there. 10 minutes later Ryan Kinne earned a penalty and buried it after Jorge Mejia was shown red for a reckless challenge. Then John Tardy who was named MVP of the tournament got another goal before the halftime whistle blew. Second half goals from Matthew Uy, Cesar Blacido, Tevin Jackson & Sam Petrone capped the day as the top youth side got the club their first title in the Super U-20 league.
This squad has the touted and talented prospects like Matt Kassel, Walter Hines, Johnny Exantus, Dilly Duca who is apart of the USA U-20 squad this coming U-20 World Cup, Widner Saint-Cyr who you saw for the Haitian National Team in this past CONCACAF Gold Cup and so on that they are ready to join their senior side right now and contribute to the growth of the league as well as turn the fortunes around of RBNY. This is the reason why the league needs to grow up and to move on with these outdated rules. The growth and the health of the league to move on to create our own top players and give them a real chance to show what they got. Congratulation to RBNY U-20 squad for winning their first title.