Development Academy Finals Week: Red Bulls capitalize on man advantage in win over Pateadores
A second-half red card helped the New York Red Bulls gain the upper hand in a 3-1 win against Pateadores in Group 1 play of the U-15/16 division at the Development Academy Finals Week on Tuesday at the Houston Amateur Sports Park.
Pateadores midfielder Christian Carrillo was sent off with a straight red card eight minutes into the second half for a violent tackle and the Red Bulls capitalized on the opportunity, scoring two goals in the final 20 minutes of the match to finish the night in a tie for first place in Group 1 with the Chicago Fire. The Fire beat Charlotte Soccer Academy 3-1 in the other group match.
“I thought it was a pretty tight game,” Red Bulls head coach Rob Elliott said. “The red card let us get the upper hand, but I thought we played pretty well in a really tough game because that’s one of the better teams we’ve played all year.”
New York started the game in mercurial fashion with a goal in the opening 28 seconds. Alex Muyl flicked on a header into the path of forward Ismar Tandir, who delivered the ball to Adam Najem in front of goal for the opening tally.
The quick start only aided the Red Bulls’ possession and pressure strategy as the side maintained its hold on the ball for long periods of the game, especially following Carrillo’s expulsion in the 48th minute.
“That’s our style,” Elliott said. “I thought they did a good job of trying to disrupt it and as they tired out we got a little bit more possession. I think they just got tired and we were able to poach a couple goals at the end.”
Pateadores forward Brian Pacheco, a constant threat on the ball for the Southern California side, cut into the box in the ninth minute leaving several Red Bulls defenders in his wake. New York goalkeeper Evan Louro was pressed into duty in an attempt to cut down Pacheco’s angle. Instead, the goalkeeper upended the striker precipitating a penalty call from the referee.
“They have a really talented forward and he just cut our guys up and made a run down the middle,” Louro said. “I thought I had to come out and unfortunately I got him.”
Pacheco buried the spot kick, knotting the score a 1-1 in the ninth minute. Despite heavy pressure, Pateadores was able to see out the first half still level with a New York side that is headlined by several members of the U.S. U-17 Residency Program.
Pateadores was able to withstand 13 minutes of seemingly ineluctable Red Bulls pressure following the red card, but the breakthrough finally came in the 61st minute when Muyl latched onto the end of an Amando Moreno long ball over the top of the defense. Muyl took a couple touches and slipped the ball through the legs of goalkeeper Brandon Gomez.
Pateadores saw a golden opportunity go wanting in the 75th minute when an in-swinging corner kick just missed the diving head of a Pateadores player in the box that would have tied the score.
Two minutes after entering the match as a substitute, New York’s Vinny Brunetti scored the final goal for the Red Bulls in the 77th minute after second-half sub Wesley Wade found Brunetti with a pass into the penalty box.
New York plays group co-leader Chicago Fire on Thursday at 9 p.m. in a crucial match, while Pateadores faces Charlotte Soccer Academy at the same time.
“We can go onto the next game feeling a little pumped up and excited and hopefully get the same result,” Louro said.
-U.S. Soccer Development Academy Match Report-
Match: New York Red Bulls vs. Pateadores
Date: July 17, 2012
Competition: 2012 Development Academy Finals Week – U-15/16
Venue: Houston Amateur Sports Park
Kickoff: 8 p.m. CT
Weather: 82 degrees, humid
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
New York Red Bulls 1-2–3
NYRB – Adam Najem (Ismar Tandir) 1st minute
PAT – Brian Pacheco (penalty kick) 9
NYRB – Alex Muyl (Amando Moreno) 61
NYRB – Vinny Brunetti (Wesley Wade) 77
NYRB: 1-Evan Louro; 6-Mike Kapitula (5-Kaz Boschen, 62), 4-Billy Stevens (19-Kevin Politz, 55), 3-Matt Miazga, 20-Brandon Tetro; 8-Arun Basuljevic , 12-Steven Echevarria, 11-Adam Najem (7-Joe Swenson, 77), 14-Amando Moreno (24-Christopher Lema, 65); 9-Ismar Tandir (17-Wesley Wade, 57), 10-Alex Muyl (13-Vinny Brunetti, 75)
Substitutions Not Used: 18-Joe Ohaus
Head coach: Rob Elliott
PAT: 60-Brandon Gomez; 30-Jose Castillo, 43-Alex Rosales, 37-Colin McDermott, 39-Corey Schramm (46-Arturo Fragoso, 73); 29-John Baron, 32-Arend Doppenberg (41-Kyle Pizano, 70), 34-Nahum Paz, 28-Kevin De la Torre; 45-Christian Carrillo, 36-Brian Pacheco
Substitutions Not Used: 35-Nathan Miramontes, 61-Erick Gutierrez, 33-Jaric Marton, 40-Nick Stanley, 19-Brian Torres
Head coach: Matt Tutton
Stats Summary: NYRB / PAT
Shots: 17 / 5
Shots on Goal: 7 / 3
Saves: 2 / 4
Corner Kicks: 7 / 1
Fouls: 10 / 7
Offside: 2 / 1
NYR – Billy Stevens (caution) 12th minute
NYR – Ismar Tandir (caution) 35
PAT – Cristian Carrillo (sent off) 48
Referee: Richonne Clark
Assistant Referee 1: Ray Moffatte Jr.
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Mercado Jr.
Fourth Official: Christopher Mercado
ussoccer.com of the Match: Alex Muyl