Petke Picking The Young Kids

Oyongo, Miazga and Duvall showing what they are made of
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Monday, June 30, 2014

Branded Bulls – column on Red Bull NY (RBNY – NYRB) & the New Jersey area soccer scene.

When you watch games of MLS, the EPL, La Liga, Serie A and so on, you wonder where the next level of talent is coming from either in the transfer window, free agency or even academy clubs that can produce the future talent of the club.

In Major League Soccer, you can draft talent from the college game from all around the country or, like most clubs around the world, the local talent is just around the corner and then all you need is some luck and hopefully quick maturity.

Well that’s what you have from Chris Duvall, Matt Miazga and Ambroise Oyongo of Red Bull New York. The trio who were being watched by their veteran backline captain in Jamison Olave. And when you have to challenge a team like Toronto FC, who has made many changes to have a better season, they proved their worth slowly by surely.

At leftback was Oyongo, coming over from Cotonsport FC in his native Cameroon to try his luck in MLS. And in his first match starting for the Red Bulls, he played very well and looked solid. He also got his first assist as he crossed the ball to Peguy Luyindula, who converted the goal.

Chris Duvall was drafted by the Red Bulls before the season began from Wake Forest and got his first start as a substitute against Toronto at BMO Field on May 17. The Duluth, Georgia, native who plays rightback got his first start of the season against the Portland Timbers the next match hasn’t looked back.

Started off a bit shaky till he finally got comfortable within the game and has done a great job working with Lloyd Sam and moving the ball around as well as bringing it down the flank. So far it looks like a big question has been answered.

Then we have Red Bull academy Centerback Matt Miazga who resides in Clifton, New Jersey, was given a chance by RBNY coach Mike Petke in his first start at New England on June 8 and was a part of that jinx buster game. His biggest task was to man mark Jermaine Defoe and for most of the game he did very well.

Playing in the Red Bulls youth academy for 3 full years until he was signed to the senior side in 2013, Miazga was scouted very well from the coaches on the pro side and to see him perform these last 2 league games shows you why the future is bright.

While Roy Miller is still with Costa Rica at the World Cup in Brazil, it looks like Oyongo is keeping his starting spot warm, but the truth is this: The young kids are getting a chance from Petke and he is showing them he has confidence in their ability.

At the end of the day you’re hope is that when the future is coming to replace solid veterans, then the future is here and now to get those minutes they need to advance their careers forward.

NEXT UP: July 4 — Red Bull New York vs. Houston Dynamo, BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas. 8:30 p.m. EDT, NBCSN.


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Red Bull NY
Club Foreign:
PSG, ManU, Maccabbi Haifa
Original New York Cosmos fan, reborn soccer fan since 1994 USA World Cup. Feuerstein’s Fire podcast host. Covers NY Red Bulls for SN, and promotes all levels of American soccer from both sides of issues.