A few weeks ago after the U18 Red Bulls took on the U17 USMNT, we had a chance to speak with the U17 USMNT goalkeeper coach. With New York’s playoff series kicking off in a few days, it seemed appropriate to get the thoughts from a man that was guarding the NY goal for the club’s first playoff series win, the inimitable Paul Grafer. After injuries called him into service, Grafer helped New York defeat Dallas, two games to none, to help the team advance to the 2000 Eastern Conference Finals. With the influx of Red Bull Academy players on US National sides, Grafer has come into contact with many rising New York stars.
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