NEWARK, NJ (Friday, May 15, 2009) –The Red Bulls Academy team split the two matches on Friday night against the US MNT U17s.

In the opening game, the New York Red Bulls Under-16 team played to a 1-1 draw at Lubetkin Stadium on the campus of New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, New Jersey.

The Red Bulls opened the scoring in the 28th minute when Oscar Gonzalez took a shot from the just inside the left side of the box that was mishandled by US U-17 MNT goalkeeper Spencer Richey and forward Samuel Adjei swooped in and cleaned up the play with a shot past Richey.


The US MNT leveled the score 14 minutes into the second half when Hassan (Soony) Saad broke free on the left side and fired a shot past Red Bulls goalkeeper Keith Cardona.

Both teams battled in the final minutes of regulation looking to win the match. The Red Bulls had two shots on goal with the final minute. Jonathan Gonzalez battled with US keeper Richey for the ball on the edge of the box and got it free, but his shot was just wide. On the restart, Oscar Gonzalez was able to gain possession and his shot clanked off the bar.

The US squad had its chance with just seconds until full time when Juan Agudelo, a Red Bulls Academy prospect, put a shot from inside the box that hit the cross bar.

In the second match, US MNT U-17 team defeated the Red Bulls U-18S, 3-1.

The US MNT opened the scoring just four minutes in when Sebastian Lletget curled a corner kick to the near post and Jared Watts beat Red Bulls goalkeeper Sheldon Parkinson to the ball and headed it home to put the visitors up 1-0. It was the only score of the first half.

The US MNT increased their lead to 2-0 in the 67th minute when Jack McInerney put it past Red Bulls Parkinson. It looked like the match would end at 2-0. But the Red Bulls forward Walter Hines cut the US MNT lead in half with just two minutes remaining until full time, scoring from in close. The Red Bulls continued to press for the equalizer, but US MNT midfielder Andrew Craven, who entered the match in the 76th minute, scored in the final minute of play to seal the game for the US side.

BOX SCORE FOR: Red Bulls U16 1, US U17s 1

May 15, 2009 – Lubetkin Stadium , New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ


RBNY               1-0–1

US U17s           0-1–1

Scoring Summary:

NY: Samuel Adjei 28’

USMNT: Hassan Saad 54’

New York Red Bulls  U-16s: Keith Cordona, Paul Ehrenworth, Brandon Adler, Bryan Gallego, Christopher Garcia, Victor Manosalvas, Michael Innocenzi (Clifford Lyle, 60’), Oscar Gonzalez, Jonathan Gonzalez, Kemal Can Gurel, Samuel Adjei (Keith Francisco, 62’).

US U-17 Men’s National Team: Spencer Richey (GK), Boyd Okwuonu (D), Jordan McCrary, Erik Stephenson, Cristian Flores, Victor Pineda(Dominick Sarle, 54’), Nicholas Palodichuik (Jose Perez, 75’), Hassan “Soony” Saad (George Malki, 70’), Juan Agudelo, Dustin Corea, Emilio Orozco (Michael Ambrose, 45’)

Disciplinary Summary: None

Referee: Mumtaz Cimen

Referee’s Assistants: Ash Kamal, Vladimir Horanic

BOX SCORE: US U17s 3, Red Bulls U18 1
May 15, 2009 – Lubetkin Stadium , New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ

RBNY         0-1–1
US U17s     1-2–3

Scoring Summary:
USMNT: Watts (Lletget) 4’
USMNT: McInerney 67’
RBNY: Hines 88′
USMNT: Craven 89’

New York Red Bulls  U-18s:  Sheldon Parkinson, Shiroc Jean-Baptiste, Tevin Jackson (Zachary Gomez, 78′), Sacir Hot (Jason Wells, 70′), Jack Freeman (Justin Lees, 69′), Kevin Finnegan (Nicholas Gendron, 85′), Cesar Blacido (Dylan Mencia, 69′), Markus Brode, Giorgi Chirgadze, Widner Saint-Cyr, Walter Hines,

US U-17 Men’s National Team: Earl Edwards, Eriq Zavaleta (Shaquille Phillips, 79′), Typer Polak, Perry Kitchen, Jared Watts (Julio Arjona, 69′), Zachary Herold, Sean Davis (Marlon Molano, 57′), Joseph Shinsky (Andrew Craven, 76′), Jack McInerney, Sebastian Lletget (Alex Molano, 71′), Joseph Gyau (Stefan Jerome, 45′)

Disciplinary Summary:
RBNY: Freeman (caution) 18′
RBNY: Hines (caution) 18′
USMNT: Polak (caution) 25′
USMNT: Watts (caution) 50′

Referee: Ash Kamal
Referee’s Assistants: Vladimir Horanic, Mumtaz Cimen

Red Bulls Ambassador Claudio Reyna (center) and Richie Williams (right) were among the spectators.

Red Bulls Ambassador Claudio Reyna (center) and Richie Williams (right) were among the spectators.




  1. mike from linden Says:

    is there a video of the matches?

  2. Red Bulls Reader Says:

    We will be posting video of the match and interviews with some players early next week, but with the match tonight, we won’t be able to get to it until then.

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