There was plenty of credit to pass out after the New York Red Bulls 4-2 win over Chelsea F.C.
The players, many of who are working to get regular playing with with the Red Bulls, netted four goals to be the Premier League Champions. Jesse Marsch kept the squad loose and navigated their inexperience, especially after a brutal loss to the Philadelphia Union 24 hours earlier via a penalty shootout.
But perhaps the people who deserve it most are the coaching staff for New York Red Bulls II: John Wolyniec, Ibrahim Sekagya, and Vadim Kirillov. After the match, Marsch was quite to praise the trio for the work they've done.
I think it's important to acknowledge the job that John Wolyniec has done with the USL Pro team, Vadim [Kirillov] and Ibrahim [Sekagya], the job those guys have spent a lot of time with us and our team, and our training and our team, and we've tried to implement the type of play and style we want at all levels...the best part is I still think even with a bunch of different players on the field and some young kids on the field, it looked like us.
There was a heavy NYRB II influence last night, with two of the goals coming from USL players (Tyler Adams and Franklin Castellanos) as well as contributions all over the field from a host of reserves. And this group of coaches truly deserve to be praised.
I've watched every NYRB II match this year and let me assure you that the players have improved by leaps and bounds since March. Wolyniec and his assistants have taken a group of fresh-out-of-college greenhorns in need of tactical and physical discipline and turned them into a cohesive unit capable of delivering performances like the one they gave last night.
This is after a few months. Can you imagine what sort of impact this reserve team established for the purpose of development and these coaches will have on the club in the long-term? Good things, possibly even great things.
Here's a video of Jesse Marsch making sure his lieutenants get their due credit.
Whomever called Sekagya "Papa" is my new favorite player.