RBNY Notebook: Adams Leaves for FIFA U-20 World Cup

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

By ANTHONY J. MERCED

imagesThe New York Red Bulls will be without one of their starters after Tyler Adams, 18, departed for the FIFA U-20 World Cup. United States Coach Tab Ramos named Adams to his final roster. Adams, who has been a U.S. youth international in several other age groups, was a part of the American team that won the CONCACAF qualifying tournament in March.

“It’s been a long time out now, obviously, after winning the CONCACAF championship, but we’re all excited to get going,” Adams said. “The last U-20 group did a great job in going to the quarterfinals, but we look to extend that and go even farther than that. We have a good group, a lot of good guys and a lot of experienced guys that went to the last U-20 World Cup. With their experience and the young talent we have, I think we’re going to do a good job going forward.”

The U.S. was drawn into Group F with Ecuador, Senegal and Saudi Arabia. The team opens group play against Ecuador on May 22 (4 a.m. Eastern), then plays Senegal on May 25 (7 a.m. Eastern) and Saudi Arabia on May 28 (5 a.m. Eastern). All of the U.S. group matches will be carried live on FS1.

Adams, who has started seven games for the Red Bulls this season, isn’t the only player leaving for international duty. The recently signed New York Red Bulls II forward Douglas Martínez will join Honduras for the tournament. He has made only one appearance for the team in the USL, scoring a goal in the first few minutes on the field.

Marsch Confident in Roster Depth

Coach Jesse Marsch believes in his team’s quality depth despite two-straight road losses in which he leaned heavily on bench players. The combination of homegrown and recently signed international players has not produced enough chemistry.

“There’s discussions within the staff about the starting group and that’s a good situation to have as a team,” Marsch said. “It’s not based on the fact that we don’t think guys are doing well, it’s based on the fact that we have a lot of options.”

Players like Brandon Allen and Dan Metzger have not been in the first-team conversation, but have shown tremendous production for Red Bull II. Expensive international players like Fredrik Gulbrandsen and Gonzalo Verón have not produced as expected. It appears to be a fluid situation as the Red Bulls (5-5-1, 16 points) prepare for Sunday evening’s match against the visiting Los Angeles Galaxy (2-5-2, 8) approaches.

“We can look a little bit at what the game’s going to require on the day and we can draw on the right players,” Marsch said. “Even today, we played 11 v 11 a little bit to keep everyone in shape, keep everybody fit, keep everybody going on the big field so that when they’re called upon, they’re ready to go.”

Up-and-Down Week for RBNY II

It has been a mixed week of results for New York Red Bulls II (3-3-2, 11). They cruised to a 3-1 win over Harrisburg at MSU Soccer Park last Saturday to increase its unbeaten streak to four games. Then on Thursday the host Charlotte Independence (2-2-2, 8) scored three second-half goals to punish Red Bulls II, 5-1.

The team will need to make a quick recovery and be ready to play the Los Angeles Galaxy II (1-5-1, 4) on Sunday, the nightcap to a doubleheader. NYRB II will play Red Bull Arena after the senior team’s match against the Galaxy, which is schedule for kickoff shortly after 6 p.m.