Both New York Red Bulls squads featured in September’s international break. Tyler Adams, Tim Parker, and Aaron Long received call-ups to face Brazil and Mexico. Panamanian duo Michael Murillo and Fidel Escobar both played against Venezuela. Additionally, handful of other nations were represented by Red Bull players this past week.
In light of this week’s matches, let’s look at which Red Bull players improved or harmed their international stock.
Which Players Brought Their International Stock Up During September’s Matches?
Tyler Adams (USA)
In short, by the end of September’s international friendlies, Tyler Adams had Americans all over the country singing his name. Adams played all 180 minutes during the break and scored the game winner against bitter rivals Mexico. It was a memorable first international goal for the 19-year-old. It provided a moment of relief for the USMNT side that struggled to gain momentum in the first half.
Adams was arguably the most consistent player for Dave Sarachan’s side. Adams’ tireless work rate on either side of the ball stands out, but his passing range and technique flew under the radar. His heightened awareness of defensive pressure and where his passing outlets was near flawless. It allowed him to initiate passing combinations and break the USMNT out of pressure.
Kemar Lawrence (Jamaica)
Rested during Jamaica’s 2-0 loss to Ecuador, Kemar Lawrence came into his side’s CONCACAF Nations League Qualifier against the Cayman Islands guns blazing. Lawrence terrorized his opponents down the left flank rarely ever being forced out of their half to contribute defensively.
Lawrence found himself assisting Jamaica’s opening goal with a perfectly placed near-post cross to the head of Darren Mattocks. A solid, routine 90 minutes from Lawrence sets him up very nicely for this weekend’s clash with D.C. United.
Derrick Etienne Jr. (Haiti)
Haiti quickly imposed their dominance over Sint Maarten with an astonishing 13-0 victory over their CONCACAF rivals. Despite not starting the match, Etienne got his name on the score sheet with his first touch of the match. Unfazed by degree of difficulty, the Haitian calmly curled his shot into the far post. The goal gave Haiti a ten goal lead.
The Red Bulls hope the confidence from this match carries over to Etienne’s performances the rest of the season. With the playoffs just around the corner, now would be the perfect time for Etienne to kick on.
Cristian Casseres Jr. (Venezuela U20)
It was an exciting week for Cristian Casseres as the Venezuelan featured for Rafael Dudamel’s U20 side at the 2018 Men’s Invitational. He started Venezuela’s 2-2 draw against the USA U-19 side, and their 3-1 loss to the USA U-20s. Casseres went 90 minutes in the latter of those matches.
Though he was not able to directly contribute to any goals, Casseres made a good first impression with his tidy work in center midfield and seems to have made the transition from the U17 level seamlessly.
Aaron Long (USA)
Unfortunately, Aaron Long did not feature in either game during the international break and was left out of both match day squads as a healthy scratch. The search for his first USMNT cap continues.
Tim Parker (USA)
Like Aaron Long, Tim Parker did not feature in either friendly for the USMNT. He, however, did feature on the bench for both matches.
Michael Murillo (Panama)
Michael Murillo went the full 90 in Panama’s 2-0 loss to Venezuela on Tuesday night. It was a fairly disappointing outing from Murillo. He struggled to contribute to Panama’s offensive forays and looked out of place with the rest of his defense.
Early in the match, Murillo nearly knocked the ball into his own net after Luis Mejia’s clearance ricocheted off his shoulder and slipped right past the outside of the post. On Venezuela’s opening goal, both he and Roman Torres lost their mark on Salomon Rondon at the back post and the Venezuelan wasted no time putting away the tap-in.
Fidel Escobar (Panama)
Fidel Escobar did not look up to speed in Panama’s clash with Venezuela. The center back was slow to react to Venezuela’s quick ‘attack, often leaving forwards in enough space to let fly from just outside the box.
Escobar had an opportunity to put Panama ahead in the first half from a free kick. From about 20 yards out, the Panamanian struck a thunderous shot through a loose wall of Venezuelan players and narrowly missed the crossbar.
On the opening goal for Venezuela, Escobar got dragged out of position by Venezuela’s movement down the left flank and left Roman Torres helpless to a low cross.
Allen Yanes (Guatemala)
Yet another defender who seemed out-of-place this week, Yanes played just 45 minutes against Argentina as Guatemala fell 4-0 and then remained on the match for the entirety of his country’s 2-0 defeat to Ecuador.
While not tested until late in the first half, Yanes’ marking on set pieces was lackluster, and the Guatemalan seemed uninterested in defending his marks away from crosses.
When the ball did end up on his side, however, Giovanni Simeone easily blew by him and Guatemala’s center backs before firing Argentina’s third goal into the back of the net.
Back to NY
It was rough international break for defenders, but the likes of Tyler Adams and Derrick Etienne Jr. excelled for their nations.
Tim Parker and Aaron Long did not feature for the USMNT, and it might be a blessing in disguise. RBNY continues to push for the Supporters Shield this weekend at D.C. United. Meanwhile, NYRBII get Cristian Casseres Jr., Fidel Escobar, and Allen Yanes back in the squad and look to maintain their USL Playoff position.
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