RBNY Roundup: Oyongo makes Cameroon ACN roster, Cahill scores, Sene, Steele find new clubs, more

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

Just days after the New York Red Bulls purchased his club loan, defender Ambroise Oyongo earned another honor; a roster spot for Cameroon’s African Cup of Nations participation.

Coach Volker Finke included the young Red Bull defender in his 23-man roster, which is set to compete this month in group play.  Cameroon has been matched with the Ivory Coast, Mali and Guinea.  The first and second place winners go on to the knockout stages of the tournament.

For Oyongo, it is yet another achievement in a year of milestones.  Subbing in for the oft-absent Roy Miller, Oyongo made 18 appearances, earning 13 starts and managing three assists for the Red Bulls this season. That work did not go unnoticed by Finke, who utilized the young defender during the qualification stages of the tournament.

Here is the full Cameroon roster:

Goalkeepers: Joseph Ondoua (Barcelona, Spain), Guy Ndy Assembe (Nancy, France), Pierre Sylvain Abogo (Tonnerre Yaoundé)

Defenders: Cédric Djeugoue (Coton Sport), Jérôme Guihi Ata (Valenciennes, France), Nicolas Nkoulou (Marseille, France), Ambroise Oyongo Bitolo (New York Red Bulls, USA), Franck Bagnack (Barcelona, Spain), Henri Bedimo (Lyon, France), Aurelien Chedjou (Galatasaray, Turkey)

Midfielders: Stéphane Mbia (Seville, Spain), Enoh Eyong (Standard Liège, Belgium), Raoul Cedric Loe (CA Osasuna, Spain), Edgard Salli (Academica de Coimbra. Portugal), Georges Mandjeck (Kayseri Erciyesspor, Turkey), Franck Kom (Etoile du Sahel, Tunisia), Patrick Ekeng (FC Cordoba, Spain)

Forwards: Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting (Schalke 04, Germany), Benjamin Moukandjo (Reims, France), Vincent Aboubakar (Porto, Portugal), Léonard Kwekeu (Caykur Rizespor, Turkey), Clinton N’Jie (Lyon, France), Franck Etoundi (Zurich, Switzerland)

CAHILL SCORES

They don’t call him a talisman for nothing.

Opening the Asian Cup tournament against Kuwait, Australia were left stunned by an early goal, putting the host Socceroos down 1-0.

And then, Tim Cahill arrived.

The Red Bull midfielder tied up the match, putting a clinical finish to a cross in the box, tying the match and leading Australia to a four goal rally.  The host nation went on to win 4-1, and now look towards Oman in their next match.

Here is Cahill’s goal:

SAVE THE DATE!  The Red Bulls released a rough blueprint of their offseason plans.  Here is the snippet from their release:

  • January 15 – MLS’ 20 franchises will convene in Philadelphia for the 2015 MLS SuperDraft.
  • January 26 – The Red Bulls depart for Orlando for the first of two training camp sessions. The first session will run through February 6th.
  •  Feb 16 – After a nine-day respite and training at the Red Bulls facilities, the team will again travel to Florida, this time to Bradenton, for the second preseason session. The second camp will break on March 1st, when the club will travel home to make final preparations for the season opener.
  • March 8 – New York’s 20th season opens on the road with a rematch of the 2014 Eastern Conference knockout round against Sporting Kansas City. The match, set for 5 p.m. (TV: Fox Sports 1), will be part of a Sunday triple-header of MLS action during the season’s opening weekend.
  • March 22 – Red Bull Arena opens for its fifth season with a match against archrival D.C. United. The Red Bulls ended D.C.’s 2014 campaign in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

NEWS AND NOTES

  •  28-year-old French forward Saer Sene has signed with Blackpool of the English Championship.  The former New England Revolution striker came to New York in a trade, with the Red Bulls sending Andre Akpan in exchange.  He made five substitute appearances on the year for the Red Bulls, managing a single goal in CONCACAF Champions League play.
  • Former Red Bull Jonny Steele has signed with Minnesota United after a forgettable stint in the A-League.
  • Defender Matt Miazga earned the start in the U.S. Men’s National Team U-20 draw against Guatemala.
  • Mike Franzone

    I like how Cahill scored this goal but missed the same exact one vs New England.