[DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY: U-17/18s]
The New York Red Bulls followed up on their U-15/16 title in 2012 with the U-17/18 championship in 2013 thanks to a 2-1 overtime
win over Shattuck-Saint Mary's Soccer Academy in the final at the U.S. Soccer Development Academy's Finals Week in Houston. Haitian U-20 international Jhon
scored the game-winning goal in the 115th minute. Arun Basuljevic
's shot was parried by Shattuck-Saint Mary's Canadian goalkeeper,
, but the rebound fell right to Estama in the middle of the box and he slammed it home for the 2-1 lead.
Cameroonian Lesley Nchanji
scored the game's first goal on a feed from Wisconsin-Green Bay-bound Eddosa Muhammed
to give Shattuck-Saint
Mary's the lead in the 10th minute.
But the Red Bulls drew even when UConn recruit Ethan Decker
unleashed a 25-yard strike that rose over Melong
and underneath the crossbar to tie the score at 1-1 in the 30th minute.
Basuljevic was one of eight players, along with Kevin Politz
, Steven Echevarria
, Adam Najem
, Vinny Brunetti, Alex Muyl
, Chris Lema
and Joe Swenson
, to have played in last year's U-15/16 final win over St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri.
players from the 2012 U/15-16 team have since turned pro: Matt Miazga
and Amando Moreno
(Red Bulls) and Izzy Tandir
(Sochaux). July 20, in Houston New York Red Bulls 2
Shattuck-Saint Mary's 1
. Goals: Decker 30, Estama 115; Nchanji 10. New York Red Bulls
-- Castano; Lema, Politz, Boschen, Saint Jean (Echevarria,
103); Georges (Viteri), Basuljevic, Sa (Brunetti, 55; Tejera, 112), Najem (Swenson, 79); Muyl, Decker (Estama, 66). Shattuck-Saint Mary's --
Upmallis (Beyer, 117), Sagel (McCullough, 119), Moullin, Narbon, Nchanji, Bajza, Dee (Sauerwine, 67), Stauffer (Al-Kalisy, 73); Muhammed (Eneme, 46), Lopez-Espin (Aasa, 56). Red Card:
New York -- Estama 120. Att.: