This was always going to be a tight week for the Red Bulls to rest up alot of starters and make sure that everyone of them wasn’t going to get the full ninety minutes, but when you need to rotate your roster who do you call? The USL kids that’s who.
They took on a Houston Dynamo side that looked to be a tough nut to crack and when that one moment became a silver lining, you knew the boys in red had to go after it and they did so as they knocked off the Dynamo by a final of one goal to nil.
The only goal came in the 55th minute as the baby bulls were looking to take advantage of a defensive lap by the Dynamo. Michael Murillo got to the ball along the near side and tried to put a solid cross that was deflected away by the central defender.
But it was Alex Muyl who got the start as a right winged midfielder and got to the rebound and sent it back to the middle, who was all alone, but none other than the first round pick of the Red Bulls in Brian White as he taps it into an open net for the only tally of the match.
“It’s a dream come true. It’s a level that I have always been dreaming and reaching. To score on my first start in front of my friends and family, I couldn’t picture it at all, but it’s better when you get the three points as well.” said White.
“I didn’t expect this to come quickly but I’ve always had the goal and you never know when your going to get this chance, coaches came over and told me they are going to call me up and I took my chance.”
But it’s not just the goal that was amazing to watch, it was also a solid defensive effort from the players that got a chance to go out there and mesh with some of the starters. Fidel Escobar is one of those players who looked like he never skipped a beat paired with Tim Parker at center back.
“Well, Fidel I think you could all see is a really intelligent soccer player. You can see it with his passing, you can see it with the way he reads plays, he drops off, he head rolls, he kind of put one back, and he’s got some savviness to him.” said Chris Armas.
“You don’t forget that he’s a relatively young guy, played in the World Cup against -- got a lot of good reps against some really good players. But that’s his quality. His best days are game day. He’s a competitor. He’s really proud. He’s a proud defender. Of course he’s comfortable on the ball, but he doesn’t want to get beat.“
But at the end of the night the Red Bulls once again showed why they are big believers in player development and allowing these players to get a taste of the big level in MLS when they are working their craft in the USL level.
“For sure it makes me proud, but it makes our club proud. Denis Hamlett has to be happy. He has to be happy, because he puts a lot of effort into that cause, and he believes in young guys and he pushes.” said Armas.
“He pushes John Wolyniec who should be feeling great, and then in the middle of the night somewhere, Jesse Marsh has to be proud of him, because this is the push. This is who we are.
We think we’re one of the leaders of this player development. We’re at the forefront. We believe in young guys, we push, and it’s about the philosophy, it’s about the mentality, the leadership from young guys, and we’re not afraid to give them chances. I think from the club and to some of the leadership, we’re really, really happy with some of those performances, yeah.”
So with this victory the Red Bulls are now a single point ahead of Atlanta United for the top spot in the east, seven points ahead of New York City FC, but most importantly as of right now, they are in the top spot of the supporters shield race for the moment.
It’s a good feeling to have, but it needs to stay as the Red Bulls need to continue these good feelings when they have another quick turnaround and head up to Montreal, Quebec, Canada and take on the Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo this coming Saturday.