Red Bulls trialist Woodland still in contention, Fleming not (for now)


The New York Red Bulls are still keeping their eye out for reinforcements — even as they hit the stretch run towards the playoffs.

Trialists Junior Flemmings and Luke Woodland are the final hopefuls from a busy summer. While the 19-year-old Flemmings appears to be temporarily off the grid for New York, Woodland remains in consideration — even as he travels back to his native Phillipines for international duty.

“We are looking into the possibility of him coming back after his international responsibilities are done,” Red Bulls boss Jesse Marsch said. “Junior went back for now and we are looking at some potential possibilities for mostly next year.”

Woodland, 20, arrived with the club last week before departing for the Phillipines. A midfielder from the Bolton Youth system, Woodland has limited first team experience, featuring for Oldham in Football League One. As part of the Phillipine National Team, Woodland has also been under the tutelage of head coach Thomas Dooley — a former U.S. Men’s National Team fixture.

Woodland earned the start Tuesday for the Phillipines in a 5-1 loss to Uzbekistan.

Flemmings, a Jamaican striker, has captained his country’s Under-17 national team, and most recently played for the Under-20 side as well. On the club level, he has played for Tivoli Gardens in his native Jamaica and he has also been accepted to the University of New Mexico for the fall semester.

Following in the path of other team trialists this summer, both Woodland and Flemmings are being looked at for positions in either the Red Bulls senior team or their USL reserve side.

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