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Youth academy product Victor Kamara catches on at Maltese club

Posted on 31 March 2010 by Nathaniel E. Baker

Victor Kamara

Victor Kamara, a 19-year old former Red Bull Academy player has been making waves in Europe and is close to signing with Malta’s Sliema Wanderers, ASN has learned. Kamara has been on trial with the Maltese Premier League club after a four-month stint with Belgian fourth division Royal Racing Club of Montegnee, a source with knowledge of the situation told ASN.

Originally from Sierra Leone, Kamara played for the Red Bulls Academy and Players Development Academy sides before heading to Europe last summer. He has received interest from clubs in Italy, Switzerland and Cyprus but will most likely sign in Malta for now so he may obtain EU residency, the source said.

We will update the story with further developments as they happen.

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U18, U16 sides head to Florida for preseason

Posted on 02 February 2010 by ASN Staff

Red Bulls Academy U16 and U18 sides will be traveling to warmer climates to prepare for their upcoming US Soccer Development Academy League season.

The Academy will be in Bradenton, Fla., for a week, and just like the first team, will do a mixture of two a day trainings and scrimmages.

“Last year’s training camp in Bradenton was a success, and we are looking forward to returning before we start out first games of 2010,” noted U18 head coach Paul O’Donnell. “It’s a good opportunity to get away, train for a solid week, and not having to worry about the weather. It also allows the players to get to know each on and off the field.”

The New York Red Bulls Academy is a cost free program that aspires to help develop the best talent in the Tri State Area.

“We feel that taking the U16s and U18s away for a week of preseason is just another way that we are trying to develop these players for the next level,” said Red Bull Director of Youth Programs Bob Montgomery.

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U-18s to face USMNT in Red Bull Arena 'soft opening'

Posted on 26 January 2010 by ASN Staff

Red Bull New York announced today, Jan. 26, that the Red Bulls’ Under-18 Academy squad will face the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team on March 13, a Saturday, at 4:30 PM ET in the “soft opening” of Red Bull Arena.

“Hosting this event gives our fans a first opportunity to visit Red Bull Arena and it’s a great dress rehearsal for our game day staff,” said Red Bull New York Managing Director Erik Stover. “We are excited to host the U.S. U-17s in the build-up to the Grand Opening of our new home.”

Admittance to the soft opening is free, however, all fans must contact the Red Bulls at 1.877.RBSOCCER to acquire tickets beginning on Monday, Feb. 15 at 10:00 AM. Red Bulls Full Season Plan Holders will automatically receive tickets for their same seats prior to the match.

In addition, the club will distribute collection buckets at the match to benefit Red Bulls midfielder Seth Stammler’s nonprofit organization, Sporting Chance Foundation, dedicated to provide relief for the victims affected in the earthquake in Haiti two weeks ago.

Last season, the Red Bulls U-18s were led by forward Giorgi Chirgadze, who became the club’s first homegrown Academy player to join New York’s first team. The U-18s team is a part of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy system. They are one of four squads in the Red Bulls Academy, a cost-free program that aims to develop the best soccer talent in the tri-state area.

The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team will travel to Red Bull Arena from Bradenton, Fla., where 40 players train daily as part of U.S. Soccer’s full-time Residency Program. The current crop players, including Red Bulls Academy players Russell Canouse, Santiago Castano and Adam Najem, were all born in either 1994 or 1995. The U.S. team, led by head coach Wilmer Cabrera, is in the early stages of preparation for the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship and the subsequent 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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Trio of U-14 Red Bull Academy youths called to U-17 national team program

Posted on 13 January 2010 by ASN Staff

Santiago Castano

Age may just be a number but for these kids it makes for a pretty impressive achievement. Three New York Red Bulls Academy U-14 members were called into the U-17 Men’s National Team Residency Program at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. for the Spring 2010 semester.

The trio, Santiago Castano of Union City, N.J., Russell Canouse of Lancaster, Pa. and Adam Najem of Clifton, N.J. were all born in 1995, which is rare for players entering residency.

“The Red Bulls Academy is proud to have Santiago, Russell and Adam invited to participate in the US Soccer U17 Residency Program,” saidd Bob Montgomery, Red Bull New York Director of Youth Programs. “Having these players invited into
Residency is a major accomplishment for any club and is a testament to the players and the job of our coaching staff.”

Russell Canouse

Castano is the second Red Bulls goalkeeper in the last six months to join the Residency Program, following in the footsteps of Keith Cardona of Glen Rock, N.J. Castano was last season’s Red Bulls Academy U-14 Player of the Year. He and Najem were part of the Red Bulls contingent that was called into U-15 camp by Jim Berlow in December.

Canouse is described as “a very technical player…he is very competitive and has a smart soccer brain” and plays defense or midfield. Canouse was recently profiled in TopDrawerSoccer.com.

Najem is a midfield/forward and was last year’s Red Bulls Academy U-15 Player of the Year despite playing up in age group. Najem also plays for Paramus Catholic high school.

“All three of the players are well deserving of this invite, said Montgomery. “In the past year they have all worked hard to achieve many of their individual goals. Their dedication and maturity are key factors in their development and is major reason why they have been bought into Residency dominated by 1994s, when all three are 1995s.”

Adam Najem

Former Red Bull Jozy Altidore also passed through the U-17 Residency Program, which was established in 1999. Current Red Bulls Academy players John Agudelo and Cardona recently graduated after the U17 FIFA World Cup In Nigeria in November.

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Red Bulls Academy selected for regional leagues

Posted on 06 January 2009 by ASN Staff

The New York Red Bulls Academy was selected to form the first of US Club Soccer’s Regional Leagues, as the Northeast Pre-Academy League for U14 and U15 boys is set to kick off in February 2009, it was announced recently by US Club Soccer.

“The North East Pre Academy League is another positive step in the development of the elite player,” commented Red Bull New York Director of Youth Programs Bob Montgomery. “The New York Red Bull Academy is very excited about participating in this league that will promote player development thru emphasizing a proper training regimen and competition schedule over participation in marathon competitions. We look forward to working with the member clubs who are committed to advancing the game in this country.”

As a result of the considerable interest expressed in US Club Soccer playing a more direct role in league development, the organization announced in September that it would begin selectively administering its own regional leagues. The Northeast Pre-Academy League is the first of these leagues to come to fruition.

The 12-team Northeast Pre-Academy League features well-known member clubs in seven states, all but one of which are current members of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. In addition to Red Bull New York, participating clubs include: Albertson SC (N.Y.), Bethesda SC (Md.), Blau Weiss Gottschee (N.Y.), FC Greater Boston Bolts (Mass.), FC Westchester (N.Y.), Match Fit Academy (N.J.), Metropolitan Oval (N.Y.), Oakwood SC (Conn.), PDA (N.J.), PA Classics, and Seacoast United (N.H.).

Each club will support a team in both the U14 and U15 age groups. The Red Bulls are already represented at the U16 and U18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy league levels.

The 66-game tentative schedule, which lasts through June, is available at usclubsoccer.com. All 12 teams will play each opponent once. The teams will not participate in a season-ending playoff, and the champion will be determined based on cumulative points at the end of the regular season.

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U-15s have unbeaten weekend

Posted on 08 December 2008 by ASN Staff

The Red Bull U15s had a successful weekend as the team competed in the Massapequa U-16 College Showcase. The Red Bulls played four matches, and emerged unbeaten with a 3-0-1 record.

In the first match, the U15s cruised to a 7-0 win over Massapequa Devils on Saturday, December 6. Darwin Cruz paced the scoring with a hat trick, with Eduardo Cornejo recording a brace, and Bolu Akinyode and Travis Wantchekon each finding the back of the net once. Thomas Bull and Matt Deziel combined in goal for the shutout.

The Red Bulls drew with North Bablyon Rampage, 1-1, in the U15s second match of the day on Saturday. Darwin Cruz finished off a Dan Batrok pass for the lone Red Bull goal. Thomas Bull and Matt Stith split time in goal for the U15s.

On the second day of the showcase, Sunday, December 7, two field players proved to be the difference in identical 1-0 wins for the Red Bulls. Against both Quickstrike and North Rockland 93s, Adam Najem set up Fumio Himenio for the game-winners. Against Quickstrike, Bull and Stith combined for the clean sheet, while Bull and Dezeil split time in net for the blanking of North Rockland 93s.

“Overall, I was pleased with the players’ first competition together since returning from their high school seasons”, commented Red Bull Academy coach Stan Lembryk.

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U-14s roll into NJ State Cup quarterfinals

Posted on 21 October 2008 by ASN Staff

The U14s continued play in the New Jersey State Cup on Oct. 18 with a fourth round match against the U14 SJ Elite 94s and rolled to a 6-1 victory. Clayton Taylor recorded a brace, with Shane Kronick, Rikuo Nakamoto, Michael Kapitula, and Fredy Umanzor each finding the back of the net once. The U14s advance to the quarterfinals this weekend, taking on U14 Pasco Stallions at 3:00 pm at Mercer County Park. The semifinals and finals are slated for Nov. 1 and 2.

In Central Jersey Youth Soccer Association (CJYSA) action, the U14s drew with U14 Manhattan Kickers FC, 1-1, on Sunday, October 12. Kapitula scored the lone goal for the Red Bulls in that encounter.

On Oct. 26 the U-14s play the Cherry Hill FC Hammerheads at 2pm in a CJYSA game at Rutgers-Newark.

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U-14s win Columbus Day Cup

Posted on 15 October 2008 by ASN Staff

New York Red Bull’s Under-14 side won the U14 Christopher Columbus Cup on Monday, Oct. 13 after an unbeaten run in the tournament hosted by the Brooklyn Italians. The Baby Bulls posted group stage wins over BW Gottschee (3-1) and Alleycat Puma (9-1) before drawing Quickstrike FC 95s (0-0). The seven points were enough for the team to win their group and advance to the knockout stage.

In the semifinals, the U14s avenged a friendly loss earlier this season with a 2-0 win over TSF Diablos. In the final, goals from Adam Najem, Kit Alexieff, and Michael Kapitula gave the Red Bull a 3-1 win over Ironbound FC and the tournament title.

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U-14s advance to NJ State Cup quarters

Posted on 06 October 2008 by ASN Staff

The Red Bulls’ Under-14 junior team advanced to the quarterfinals of the New Jersey State Cup following a 4-1 win over Ironbound FC on Saturday, Oct. 4. Zachary Reed, Matt Mahoney, Freddy Umanzor and Michael Innocenzi all scored for the Baby Bulls, who will play SJ Elite 94 in the Oct.18 quarterfinals.

On Sunday, Oct. 5, Warrington FC defeated the Red Bulls, 2-1, in CJYSA action, dropping the U14s to 3-1-0 in Central Jersey Youth Soccer Association action. Kit Alexieff scored the lone goal for the Red Bulls.

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U-14s improve to 3-0

Posted on 30 September 2008 by ASN Staff

The New York Red Bulls Under-14 side improved to 3-0-0 in CJYSA (Central Jersey Youth Soccer Association) League action with a 1-0 win over Jersey United SC Bulldogs on Sunday, Sept. 28. Nicholas Innocenzi tallied the game-winner for the Red Bulls.
Sunday’s win follows CJYSA victories over Parsippany, 4-0, and Hamilton SC Attack, 2-0. The Red Bulls also dropped friendly matches to PDA (1-0) and TSF Academy (2-0).

The U14s face Ironbound on Saturday Oct. 4th in the New Jersey State Cup first round. The game will be played at Ironbound Stadium.
The next CJYSA game is Sunday Oct. 5 at Warrington SC at 4pm.

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