New York Red Bulls Academy

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New York Red Bulls Academy
Full name New York Red Bulls Academy
Nickname(s) Red Bulls, Metro
Founded 2005
Ground Melanie Lane Training Facility
East Hanover, New Jersey
Ground Capacity N/A
Director Robert Montgomery
League U.S. Soccer Development Academy

The New York Red Bulls Academy is the multi-layered youth system of the New York Red Bulls. It is the first cost-free program in Major League Soccer,[1] that provides a professional soccer training environment for youth players in the New York Tri-State. The soccer programs are operated as part of a global approach to player development.[2]

Through a partnership with Southern New Hampshire University, players are able to pursue their education while continuing to play professionally.[3]

There are several levels which make up the pyramid.


Director of Coaching Education and Youth Partnerships[edit]

Robert Montgomery oversees the Red Bulls Player Development System,[4] including the Academy and Grassroots Training Program as Director of Coaching Education and Youth Partnerships.[5] Prior to joining New York Red Bulls, Montgomery was the head men's soccer coach at Adelphi University, where he led the Panthers for 29 seasons. Posting a 258-224-39 record, Montgomery guided a program that had consistently been in the top 25 in the country.[6]

He led seven of his teams to the NCAA tournament, and his 1987 squad advanced to the quarterfinals. Montgomery led the Panthers to their first Atlantic Soccer Conference regular season and tournament titles and received ASC Coach of the Year honors in 2006. He was named NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year in 1987 and 1990 and was selected NCSC Coach of the Year in 1995. Montgomery served as an associate athletic director at Adelphi from 1989 until 2006, where he was responsible for compliance and eligibility for over 250 athletes.[7] In addition to his duties at Adelphi, Montgomery has been an assistant coach for the U14 U.S. Men's National Team since 2000.

Montgomery, who possesses a USSF "A" license, was the 1990 New York State Coach of the Year and Adelphi University Athletic Hall of Fame member became involved with the U.S. Youth Soccer Association in 1985 and coached top players from ages ranging from 12-19 in Region I.[8]

Academy Director[edit]

Due to Montgomery's promotion in February 2016, the post of Academy Director is currently vacant. The search for a new academy director will begin immediately.[9]

Senior Manager of Coach Recruitment & Education[edit]

Marguerite Ferrell hires the coaches whom will engage, inspire and teach the youth. She also manages the coaching curriculum, and ensures compliance with the club philosophy. Ferrell assists the staff in licensing and organizes an in-house coach education program consisting of over 100+ hours a year of coaches education meetings.[10]

Training Program[edit]

At the base is the Training Program which serves players at the grassroots level. This takes the form of soccer camps and training sessions available for youth players that want to learn more about the sport in a fun, yet professional setting.[11] The skills clinics provide an easy and fun option for players to receive extra individualized training to help complement their regular club/team based training sessions. The training programs also serve as a stepping stone to the Regional Development School. The RDS is accessible via tryout only, and acts as the feeder system to Red Bulls Academy teams. Players that excel during a Training Clinic will be invited to tryout for the RDS program the following season.[12]

Regional Development School[edit]

The Regional Development School operates as a satellite program which offers advanced soccer players the opportunity to develop their game on a supplementary basis, and serves as recruitment tool for the Academy teams.[13]

The RDS offers young boys and girls ages 7 to 14 an opportunity to receive supplementary training from Red Bulls’ professional trainers. Intended solely for competitive and elite travel level soccer players, the advanced curriculum is specially designed to target individual, technical aspects of the game.

The RDS is available year round, with a variety of programs during the fall, winter, spring, and summer

The Academy level[edit]

At the academy level, players are selected to represent Red Bulls teams; where players can ultimately progress to the Red Bulls First Team.

The premier academy teams currently play in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, the top tier of youth soccer in the United States. The premier program comprises five teams (U-12, U-13, U-14, U-16, U-18). Youth players train a minimum of three times a week and play a maximum of two games under the supervision of professional staff. The program is designed to give dedicated and talented players the training and experience needed to reach the highest levels of the game both nationally and internationally.[14]

USL Premier Development League New York Red Bulls U-23[edit]

New York Red Bulls U-23 is an American soccer team based in Harrison, New Jersey, United States. Founded in 2009, the team plays in the USL PDL, a national amateur league at the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid. It is part of the official development academy of Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls.

The team plays its home games in the stadium at the Red Bull Training Facility in East Hanover, New Jersey: Melanie Lane. The team's colors are red, blue and white.[15]

USL New York Red Bulls II[edit]

In 2015 the New York Red Bulls second team began play in the United Soccer League, the third tier of the American soccer pyramid. New York Red Bulls II completed its inaugural USL season with a 12-10-6 record in fourth place of the Eastern Conference. The team won its first playoff game against Pittsburgh Riverhounds and advanced as far as the Eastern Conference semifinals in the 2015 USL Playoffs.[16]

A team mostly composed of NYRB II footballers defeated Chelsea F.C. in a 2015 friendly.[17]

Academy Products[edit]

This is a list of former (or current) Red Bull Academy products who have played professionally:


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