A Look At The Success of RBNY’S USL Team

Why the Red Bull USL side has done so well this season
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Thursday, September 17, 2015

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There has never been a question about how much talent the New York Red Bulls have brought to the club in Major League Soccer. They have a bundle of riches in the New York City & Northern NJ area that attracts the best of the best to play a part of the club in the academy ranks.

Of course they are led by a club legend that had a solid career in the first division and played three separate times creating so many goals that no one knew if he had enough quality to be a 90 minute player. But one thing is for sure is that when John Wolyniec or as I called him “Woly Magic” was able to sniff the net, he was able to convert his chances more than 95% of the time and either healthy or injured it didn’t matter.

But while he is installing the tactics of Jesse Marsch in the MLS bulls, you can tell a little bit that the fight is coming from him. Even though the USL side didn’t have a solid start to their season as it was just thrown together so quickly, the fruits of the Red Bulls labor have become a major accomplishment. We have seen Striker Anatole Abang and midfielder Sean Davis start their seasons in the USL and they have already paid dividends to the MLS side as they have looked solid.

Manolo Sanchez had a taste of the top level with a few matches and a US Open Cup Quarterfinal match, but of course the real rewards for the clubs future players came at the International Champions Cup match against Chelsea as the Baby Bulls scored four goals in the 2nd half and we can’t forget the header goal by 16 year old Tyler Adams that could be a real solid prospect when he gets a bit older and bigger.

After that huge friendly win over the Premier League Champions in Chelsea, the clubs video camera got a great shot of the locker room and both John Wolyniec & his assistant Ibrahim Sekagya were applauded for their hard work and dedication for making these players ready to go and ready to play every single match they get involved with.

The man that has been finding, helping and making comfortable with the talented players in the academy in all the age groups & sides of the club is Bob Montgomery. How he was able to find the talent and get tons of awards in major US Soccer tournaments including those in the U-20’s & U-17’s divisions, now can make a big move to the USL side and get important minutes to continue to make their dreams come true.

The truth is that the Red Bulls have changed their culture since they were the MetroStars when the league got started in 1996. We always saw the big stars from Europe and the US Men’s National Team come over and while there have been great wins and some solid runs, nothing has capped off a season with a title since the 2013 season when Mike Petke got the Supporters Shield. But once again the two giant titles that have eluded this club are the MLS Cup & US Open Cup Championships, that is the goal and at the same time doing it with young players thru the academy is a blessing in disguise as well as a breath of fresh air.

Now we shall wait to see what will happen in the playoffs and see if the USL Bulls can make a big run and try to win the title in their first season and at the same time give Jesse Marsch options that might make it difficult for him to put a regular as a starter if he is on a negative trend & throw in their a raw prospect that could stick around.


Ramapo College
Club Domestic:
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.