New York Red Bulls II are a revolving door of talented young players since their inception in 2015. Some go on to bigger and better things and others float around the USL. Head coach John Wolyniec understands, better than anyone else in the league, the stresses that come with playing such a young team and the learning curve they face early in a campaign.
“Usually, early in the season like this, it has a lot to do with the tactics and we are hung up on some of those things,” said Wolyniec after training. “Some young guys are getting their first professional games, it’s just a lot of the learning curve as far as the pace of the game.”
New York is still undefeated after two games in the USL Championship. However their recent performance against Nashville, a much more experienced team, showed some of the flaws in their game and Wolyniec hopes to plug those gaps to achieve continued success.
“I think we made some adjustments from game one to game two and that’s a positive sign. Hopefully we can make a couple adjustments going into Friday.”
The opponents on Friday are Memphis 901 FC, the new expansion team in Tennessee. They will be fielding some familiar players that New York now very well, including Dan Metzger and Adam Najem.
“Dan, one of the first NYRB II signings and one of the first Academy players that I got to know when I started working with the club,” said Wolyniec. “Hard worker that covers a lot of ground and is a good tackler. He’s definitely going to bring some edge to this game and you know he’s going to put a lot into it.
“Adam, a talented guy got to know him right around the same time as Dan and obviously spent some time with Philadelphia. We have played him in the past already so we know that Adam can be a handful. He has caused us problems in the past so hopefully we learned our lesson.”
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