June 18, 2012
Red Bulls U-16, U-18 teams win
The Red Bulls Academy teams both completed their U.S. Soccer Development Academy seasons wtih 3-0 wins on Saturday.
The Under-18 side finished with a 3-0 victory over local rival PDA.
The match started out with several chances from the Red Bulls, with solid play from the PDA goalkeeper keeping the game level. A minute from the interval, leading scorer Brandon Allen broke the deadlock. Allen received the ball from Scotty Thomsen at the top of the penalty area and beat a defender before curling in a right-footed shot from distance for his 26th goal this season.
The second half remained mostly a close affair until the Red Bulls broke the match open late. In the 78th minute, Thomsen took a cross from Danny Bedoya and finished from inside the box to double the lead. Seven minutes later, Allen converted for his 27th goal with Bedoya again getting credited with the assist.
“The performance today was one of our best of the season,” said Thomsen, the U-18 captain. “All of the players contributed to the team effort today and we are really looking forward to the playoffs.”
The U-16 Red Bulls also wrapped up their regular season with a 3-0 win over PDA over the weekend. Vinny Brunetti had a hand in all three goals, scoring once and assisting on each of the other two. Derrick Etienne and and Izzy Tandir also found the back of the net.
Goalkeepeer Evan Louro earned the shutout for the U-16s, who will begin their playoffs next week in Dallas.