New York Red Bulls II defeated the Harrisburg City Islanders, 4-1, to clinch the 2016 USL regular-season championship, getting a pair of goals from Vincent Bezecourt and Red Bulls academy player Noah Powder. Earlier in the day, it announced that a promising first USL season for Junior Flemmings had been cut short by injury.
A successful surgical procedure had been performed on the 20-year-old Jamaican to repair a torn left medial meniscus. The surgery was performed last week.
The native of Kingston, Jamaica, learned his trade with Tivoli Gardens in his native country and since signing a USL deal last March has appeared several times on the highlight reels. In 23 games, he’s scored seven goals and recorded four assists. He debuted for the Red Bulls’ first team in a friendly with Club America in July.
He’s been called up to the Jamaican national team and was on the nation’s 40-man preliminary roster for the Copa America Centenario but has yet to be capped. He has represented Jamaica at the U-17 (as captain) and U-20 levels and played in the Olympic qualifying tournament last October.
The win at Harrisburg -- NYRBII's seventh consecutive victory -- clinched home-field advantage throughout the 2016 USL playoffs and improved its record to 19-3-5. It is the first MLS second team to win a ISL regular-season title.