Anyone watching Cristián Casseres Jr, this season knows he is ready for MLS minutes. Facing a strong depth chart, finding those minutes seemed a bridge too far for the Venezualen youth international, until Tuesday night.
Report: Cristián Casseres Jr, travels with the senior team
A report from Titan Sports twitter account indicated that Casseres traveled with the MLS side to face D.C. United Wednesday night. Team sources verified the report Wednesday morning.
Casseres featured prominently this season for the New Yor Red Bulls II in USL. He played the part of midfield general for the team. Often used as a box-to-box player, Casseres has excelled in the role under coach John Wolyniec, growing each week, and often standing out as a promising prospect.
Casseres registered 3 goals and 2 assists this season, while also leading the side with 58 tackles, and 159 duels won. For context, the next best on the team in the Duels Won category is Hassan Ndam at 92. Casseres’s defensive work rate compliments the Red Bulls high press style, leading to chances created through transition.
NYRBII coach John Wolyniec’s comments after Casseres first goal of the season showed the impression he made on the staff.
“Cristian’s a guy we value highly: young guy that has a lot of talent,” said Wolyniec. “You can tell he’s a player that puts a huge effort into the game, does all the things we ask tactically, has a great savviness about himself on the field. He’s one of the guys on the field that has a really good soccer brain. You can tell it’s built into his DNA. We’ll have to see how he’s doing, but it was good to see him score, good to see him play well again. We see big things in Cristian in the future for sure.”
Casseres also earned praise from former coach Jesse Marsch for his development and raw ability. Marsch alluded to Casseres’s development being ahead Tyler Adams at the same point in their careers.
Wednesday night should be a big night for Casseres. Even if he does not make an appearance in the match, Casseres can learn from the opportunity. The experience gained by traveling with the first team and being involved in game day preparations should only help the young player continue to develop.
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