BigAppleSoccer.com's Kristian Dyer has been tracking Junior Flemmings' progress since he first arrived for a trial with the New York Red Bulls. First spotted by Dyer on August 19, Flemmings has now been with RBNY for at least 12 days. Toward the end of the player's first week with the team, Dyer elicited an encouraging update on the young Jamaican's progress from Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch:
I found him pretty dynamic. He's got good feet, he's aggressive 1 v. 1. He's shown that he's decent around the goal.
"Dynamic" is a good word to hear about yourself if you're trying to impress a coach who deploys an all-action, high-press system for the majority of most games.
Now, as his second week with RBNY nears an end, Dyer has found a source to claim the player is "a serious candidate to be signed by the team at some point." (Dyer's words, not the source's.)
It seems improbable that the attacking player might pick up a contract and compete for a first team place over the last few months of the season. The Red Bulls are well stocked with attacking options, to the point recent signings Gonzalo Veron and Shaun Wright-Phillips can't get off the bench. But there are still games to play in USL for NYRB II. The second team has three games remaining in its regular season.
Flemmings' priority, no doubt, is simply to win a contract. Playing time would surely be an added bonus. If he is signed, while it is always exciting to see what new talent has to offer the squad, one suspects he'll be an early indication of the Red Bulls' evaluation of their needs for 2016.