Six Red Bulls Grew Up Playing Soccer in Eastern New York
July 16, 2018 | by Randy Vogt
The Eastern New York Young Olympians/Red Bulls Program was created this year through a partnership between the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) and the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer. The program provides Eastern New York’s 11 affiliated youth leagues the opportunity to send its best players to train in the Eastern New York/Red Bulls program, providing a connection between Eastern New York and its more than 100,000 local players, and the New York Red Bull Youth Programs.
Hopefully, one day kids who grew up as Young Olympians will play for the Red Bulls.
But although the Young Olympians program has just kicked off and is for players preparing to play in Eastern New York’s Olympic Development Program (ODP), six current Red Bulls – head coach Chris Armas and five players from all over Eastern New York – grew up playing youth soccer in ENYYSA. Armas, who played with the Brentwood Bandits, Kyle Duncan, who grew up with the Rosedale Rockets, and Tim Parker, who suited up for the Hicksville Strikers all have roots on Long Island. Tyler Adams, Ryan Meara, and Alex Muyl round out players who have ties to Eastern New York.
“It’s great to see so many local players in MLS, particularly on the Red Bulls,” commented ENYYSA President Richard Christiano. “We hope to see even more of our players who grew up in Eastern New York on MLS teams in the future."