The Red Bulls released their second preseason camp roster on Feb. 16.
Thirty-five players have travelled to Florida to take part in the IMG Suncoast Classic preseason tournament. A full list of the trialists can be found here (via New York Red Bulls)
GOALKEEPERS Santiago Castano 24, Kyle Reynish 18, Luis Robles 31,
DEFENDERS Andrew Jean-Baptiste 4, Chris Duvall 25, Colin Heffron* 30, Connor Lade 16, Matt Miazga 20, Shawn McLaws^ 22, Roy Miller 7, Damien Perrinelle 55, Tim Ward* 2, Ronald Zubar, Anthony Wallace*, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado*, Karl Ouimette*, Kemar Lawrence*
MIDFIELDERS Michael Bustamante 23, Ruben Bover 21, Anderson Cajano* 12, Ian Christianson 6, Sean Davis 27, Sacha Kljestan, Peguy Luyindula 8, Felipe Martins 3, Dax McCarty 11, Marius Obekop* 13, Lloyd Sam 10, Manolo Sanchez^ 9, Leo Stolz 88, Sal Zizzo 15, Dane Richards*
FORWARDS Anatole Abang* 33, Mike Grella* 5, Bradley Wright-Phillips 99
Trialist * | Unsigned Draft Pick ^
Some of these players are in camp to earn spots on the big squad, while others are probably looking just to impress. At this stage, Dane Richards, and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado look to be the new trialists who are veterans battling for a spot on the Red Bulls bench.
Grella has impressed in camp during the first preseason trip, Dane Richards played five years on the New York Red Bulls from 2007 to 2012, and Hurtado is an MLS veteran probably not looking to drop down to the third division on American soccer at age 30.
The super amazing Lester Townsend profiled some of the Red Bulls' trialists here and here. Some of these guys will (hopefully) end up on NYRB II, so its not worth reiterating what Lester said in a worse manner. Here are our new trialists
Wallace, 26, is a Brooklyn, New York native who last played in MLS with the Colorado Rapids in 2013. He was a Generation Adidas player drafted ninth overall in the 2007 MLS Superdraft. Wallace played the 2014 season with the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the North American Soccer League, and made one appearance for the US Men's National Team in 2011.
Wallace is a left back, that could end up making the team behind Roy Miller out of sheer lack of depth in the position.
According to MLS Soccer dot com, Wallace played some time at midfield while with the Rapids. Given the Red Bulls' strategy of hoarding midfielder pencil him in as the starting CM for NYRB II.
Here is him in a fast car in Colorado's stadium in winter:
Lawrence, 22, won the Caribbean Cup with Harbour View F.C. from Jamaica this past season. His club was second in the Red Stripe Premier League, which is naturally the name of Jamaica's domestic league.
I personally like Mr. Lawrence because of this little tidbit from his wikipedia page:
In January 2014, Lawrence was announced as a brand ambassador for PepsiCo as part of the 2014 FUTBOLNOW campaign.
Being on-brand is very important to the Red Bulls. Brands give us life. All hail brands.
Full disclosure: despite living in Atlanta, which really is a city planning experiment from the Coca-Cola corporation, I am still allowed to support athletes that partner with PepsiCo.
Considering Lawrence has never played in the United States he is a long shot to make the MLS Club. I hope we see him with NYRB II because: brands.
Here is Kemar Lawrence scoring an international goal for Jamaica despite his team giving Canada their first international win in 2 years:
Ouimette, 22, has made 20 appearances over the past three seasons with the Montreal Impact: Jesse Marsch familiarity alert activated.
He has made an increasing amount of appearances with the Impact each of the past three seasons, culminating with 16 total appearances in 2014. He's young enough to warrant taking a flyer on absolutely, but the Red Bulls have a glut at centerback.
In September 2014, Ouimette received some of the worst news one could receive, when he found out his sister died from a twelve-year battle with cancer.
Ouimette came up through the Montreal Impact's academy, and he has made six appearances for the Canadian National Team since 2013. If Ouimette has a good camp in Bradenton, it wouldn't be surprising to see him land with the USL side before having his contract bought by the Red Bulls.
Do you think any of these players will make the Red Bulls, or NYRB II? Is typing questions at the end of a piece a total cop-out move to avoid wrapping up a piece? Can I pull off doing this or should I stop because I totally ripped this idea off from Lester Townsend?