The New York Red Bulls have been a historically snake-bitten side in the U.S. Open Cup competition.
That doesn’t have to be the case for their U-23 side.
The NPSL team hosted PDL side Vermont Voltage at the Red Bull Training Facility in Hanover, New Jersey, emerging 2-1 victors and advancing to the second round of Open Cup competition. Red Bull Academy alumni Scott Thomsen and Kendan Anderson led the team to victory with a goal a piece.
With the home side putting on pressure to start the match, it would be the Red Bulls to find the first score with an 18th minute goal from Thomsen. Anderson doubled the lead in the 35th minute, nodding home a header.
While New York dominated the first, Vermont managed to put on pressure in the second, finding a goal of their own in the 68th by Adrian Saldana. That wouldn’t be enough to beat the NPSL reigning champions, who now advance to the second round of the U.S. Open Cup.
Evan Louro started in net for the ‘Baby Bulls,” guarded by Thomsen, Sean Sheridan, Kevin Politz and Anthony Viteri on defense. Dan Bedoya, Arun Basuljevic, Chris Lema and Franklin Castellanos manned the midfield, with Sam Adjei and Anderson leading the forward line.
Basuljevic, Viteri, Lema, Louro and Politz are all current members of the Red Bull Academy system. Thomsen, Sheridan, Bedoya, Castellanos, Adjei and Anderson are all Academy alumni.
It is a significant win for the club who failed to clear the first round last season, tasting defeat at the hands of the Ocean City Nor’easters.
New York will face USL Pro side Pittsburgh Riverhounds on May 14th at Highmark Stadium.