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NYRBII Stars Valot, Bezecourt Get Tryouts with First Team

Collin, Zubar and Perrinelle may be gone, but Vincent Bezecourt and Florian Valot are doing their best to ensure the Red Bulls roster isn't lacking that French flavor in 2017.

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The Red Bulls system has recently offered no shortage of up and coming star players for the senior side to call upon for spot duty. This past season Alex Muyl, Tyler Adams, Derrick Etienne Jr., and Aaron Long all demonstrated they can play with the big boys.

But Metro's Kristian Dyer noted in an article on Thursday that two more players from Red Bulls II are getting their chance to earn a spot on the senior side as well.

According to Dyer, the Red Bulls II French duo of M Florian Valot and M Vincent Bezecourt have both been invited to training camp with the Red Bulls MLS side and will be with the team in January for pre-season in Arizona.

Florian Valot, a midfielder on the USL team and a rookie with the squad following a sensational collegiate career at Rider, will be getting a look with the New York Red Bulls this January for preseason in Arizona. In addition, Vincent Bezecourt, also in his first year with the team, is going to audition for the senior team in preseason after putting together a solid 2016 in the USL.

Bezecourt, 23, finished the 2016 season with eight goals and six assists in 22 appearances for Red Bulls II - top three on the team in both categories. Notably, he recorded the fifth and final goal in NYRBII's 5-1 rout of Swope Park Rangers during the USL Championship Game.

Valot, 23, was picked up by the Red Bulls early in 2016 and quickly distinguished himself as a strong attacker, ending his rookie season in the USL with three goals and a team-leading eight assists in 21 games for NYRBII. He scored the game-tying goal in the USL Eastern Conference Final against Louisville City FC.

NYRBII head coach John Wolyniec told Dyer that there is "an outside chance" that the two young midfielders make the team.

Wolyniec: "Those guys are going to be in the first team camp in January. A little bit yet o determined with them on whether they make the first team roster or not... Probably an outside chance they're both going to make it so at least one will be with us. Maybe a good chance that one of them moves on; doesn't mean we'll lose them because they'll still play some games with us."

Last November the New York Red Bulls signed midfield wonderkid Tyler Adams from NYRBII. The following month they signed academy standouts Muyl, Etienne Jr, Brandon Allen, Mael Corboz, Scott Thomsen and Chris Thorsheim. The latter three were all waived before the season and picked up by other teams, but Muyl, Adams, and Etienne all earned roles with the team - Muyl would beat out Gonzalo Veron for a spot in the starting XI, while Adams and Etienne were used extensively in the Champions League.

With Omer Damari and Shaun Wright-Phillips now out, there are a pair of attacking spots open for Valot and Bezecourt to earn - should they prove fit for the challenge.