Breaking down the 2020 NYRBII preseason roster part III

The New York Red Bulls II breakdown continues. If you missed parts I and II, they can be found here and here.

In part I, we looked at the backline and goalkeepers. Part II focused on the midfielders. Last but not least are the forwards. This is an interesting group, with some interesting names.

Returning from last year are Sebastian Elney, and Omar Sowe. Sowe joined late, and is looking to breakout this year. Elney is a versatile player who can play as a striker and on the wing.

Representing the Academy is, Dontouma “Yaya” Toure, who just got called up to the U-17 national team.

Niko Petridis

The St. Johns grad spent time with the first team in the early part of preseason, where he moved into a forward position. Petridis can play out wide or up top depending on the formation

Joe Fala

Fala is a massive striker standing in at 6’7″. He was a scoring machine playing D3 for Ramapo, with 15 goals in 17 games. However, after the first preseason game, it’s possible a conversion to center back may be ahead of him. This is something the Wolyniec tried in the past with Stefano Bonomo

Brian Saramago

Saramago is a pleasant surprise. Many expected him to get drafted, and when he didn’t, many assumed he would not join New York Red Bulls II. But the talented Loyola grad will have a chance to earn a roster spot and prove his value.

Photo by John Perdicaro

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