Not every New York Red Bulls homegrown prospect is going to come through the AAA+ soccer powerhouses of Georgetown, Virginia, and UCLA. Instead, a player could develop by getting consistent playing time right off the bat at a smaller school. In terms of Red Bulls players, Mael Corboz had two solid years at Rutgers before jumping to national power Maryland, Connor Lade turned four solid years at St. John's into a Homegrown contract, and Konrad Plewa went from a good career at Seton Hall to being one of the most important and consistent players on NYRB II.
Here are four ‘under-the-radar' academy products who are currently competing at the college level:
Erik Sa, Midfielder, Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights have long provided a platform for RBNY Academy talent to shine, and Erik Sa is no exception to that. He's played in every game of his junior year so far, scoring 2 goals, while providing 5 assists. This has helped to push his teammate Jason Wright to 13 goals on the season (the third most in the nation) and his team to number 16 in the nation.
Cameron Harr, Forward, Marist: Cameron Harr has taken college soccer by storm. In only 17 games, Harr has racked up 8 goals for an average Marist team in the MAAC (a low-major conference based in the Northeast). To put that in perspective, Brandon Allen (9 goals) is the only Red Bulls Academy graduate with more goals than Harr, while Adam Najem is tied with him at 8. Those are some impressive players to be mentioned with, as they're considered to be among the best players in the country. Harr has impressed many with his play this year, putting him in at number 28 on TopDrawerSoccer's Top 100 freshmen.
Anthony Viteri, Midfielder, Boston University: Transferring to BU from St. John's after his freshman year, Viteri has lit it up in his first year with the team. After a good year with the Red Storm, in which he played 16 games but only scored once, Viteri's move up north to the Terriers has proven to be a success. He has notched 6 goals from the midfield (good enough for second on the team) and another 2 assists to help lead BU as only a sophomore. As it stands the team sits second in the Patriot League (11-4-2, 5-1-2), and will need strong play from Viteri in the conference tournament in order to make the NCAA tournament this year.
Andrew Lombard, Defender, Northeastern: The Huskies freshman can be deployed as either a right back or center back and has appeared at both over the course of his 13 starts at Northeastern, despite missing game for youth national team call-ups. Playing time is key to developing a young defender, and Lombard seems to be getting plenty of it in Boston. He stands sixth on the team in playing time despite being only a freshman. Even though the team has a 3-12-2 record, Lombard will have plenty of time over his next four years to help reverse the team's fortunes and develop into a solid professional.