The New York Red Bulls U-14 are moving on to the ICC quarterfinals after dispatching Illinois All-Stars 2-0.

2-0 win sends the U-14 Red Bulls through to the ICC Futures quarterfinals

The game started out slow. The Red Bulls had a slight edge in possession, but neither team threatened the goal. As the half moved on, the Red Bulls gained a greater possession edge and started to dominated the midfield, creating opportunities off of turnovers.

These turnovers paid off in the 29th minute when James Lucas(2004) received the ball in midfield beat two defenders and fired a shot into the top left corner.

The second half was more of the same with the Red Bulls dominating possession, but struggling to find an insurance goal. However, strong defensive play and assured goalkeeping left Illinois struggling to get any quality shots on goal.

It took until the 56th minute for Red Bulls to get the much needed insurance goal. The goal came from a well worked free kick sequence that lead to a cross being sent back across goal and tapped in by Nicholas Rabiu(2004) at the near post.

The second goal sealed the game for the Red Bulls and set them up to play Tottenham or Arizona All-Stars Friday at 3:00 on ESPN-U.

Final Thoughts:

Yesterday I commented on how impressed I was with the defenders on this team. Today I want to talk about the entire team and how much fun it has been watching them. This team presses like they have been doing it for years. They have beautiful one or two touch passing sequences that effortlessly move the ball upfield. Most all they play free willing to try to beat a man or hit a daring pass. They are young but they are fun to watch and I encourage everyone to watch the game on Friday.

Things to Watch:

Full game: https://www.facebook.com/IntChampionsCup/videos/2350420408318440/

Profile on striker Serge Ngoma:

Goal Scorers:

29′ JAMES LUCAS 56′ NICHOLAS RABIU

 

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