Oyongo’s Improvement a Shining Moment For RBNY

Since getting slotted into the starting XI, the RBNY player has done nothing but succeed
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Friday, August 01, 2014

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

The last time we talked about the young Red Bull New York backline it was a positive, specifically about how the experience they were getting and it looked like they would be a shining star in the 2014 season.

But now it looks like one of them are taking their talents to the next level in the midfield with Ambroise Oyongo.

Since coming over from Cotonsport FC in Cameroon, he has improved every single game he has started. Not just attacking and defending down the left side of the field, but providing service when he is crossing the ball into threatening areas and earning assists for some of the goals that have been going in.

His talent has been a positive for RBNY coach Mike Petke as the Red Bulls have had a bit of a rough 2014 and are still looking for a bright light to make a push to a playoff spot. But the question that has popped up was how Roy Miller would perform after coming back from the World Cup and his foot injury he picked up in Brazil.

So the Arsenal friendly provided some answers as Oyongo was pushed up to the midfield as a left winger while Miller reclaimed his starting left defender spot. You have to say that Oyongo took to his new position very well andm in the road match against Real Salt Lake, he was dangerous and nearly converted on a mistake by Nick Rimando.

All he does is listen to Petke and Thierry Henry and then executes on the field. He started the goal scoring play by allowing Bradley Wright-Phillips to get into position receiving the ball and the rest was answered with both Cahill and Henry with the final set up. Oyongo has been a bright spot for the Red Bulls and he continues to improve.

It’s still a bit early to say what type of future this kid has, but I think that the Cameroon National Team will have their radar on him now as he continues to have a positive season for the Red Bulls, but the real question to ask is how much longer will he stay if his asking price from clubs in Europe will rise as well.

While the friendly against Arsenal was a nice test for him you still have to wonder if Arsene Wenger might have already asked Petke during halftime if he is available for a transfer fee. All you can hope for Oyongo is his improvement of his technical ability and to keep on doing what he is doing to become a better player.

NEXT UP: August 2 — Red Bull New York vs. New England Revolution, Red Bull Arena, Harrison, New Jersey. 7 p.m. EST, MLS Live, CSN-NE, MSG.


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Red Bull NY
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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.