Some of the biggest stars in the world on the field, and yet a 16 year-old from upstate finds the net on the way to victory...
An almost prepubescent version of the New York Red Bulls defeated European powerhouse Chelsea 4-2 at home last night in Red Bull Arena.
Years ago when top European teams would come to the United States, they'd bring a very small number of their big stars while their actual squads that took the field were mostly young up-and-coming academy players who would then take on the first teams of their American opponents. The opposite was true last night at Red Bull Arena where circumstances would have the New York Red Bulls putting forth a team made up of almost entirely academy players against the 2015 Barclays (English) Premier League Champions and global power-house Chelsea. Having played a US Open Cup the night before through over-time and into a shoot-out with Philadelphia, the Red Bulls first team sat in the stands to cheer on their younger counterparts. Only two of the twenty-one Red Bulls who suited up see any kind of regular action on the first team, but on the whole they played together and with confidence. Chelsea tried to put the pedal to the metal at times, but each time they scored the Red Bulls fired back tallying goal after goal. Needless to say the outcome wasn't anything any of us on the field would have predicted but the atmosphere was great on another wonderful night in Harrison, New Jersey.
I was happy Chelsea brought out the big guns giving playing time to Courtois, Oscar, John Terry, Diego Costa, Ivanovic, Eden Hazard, and Cesc Fabergas among others.