Vincent Bezecourt played an important role for Red Bulls II in their season-opening tie. (Casey Sapio/USA TODAY Sports)

Red Bulls II midfielder Vincent Bezecourt, who tallied twice in the team’s 3-3 season-opening draw at the Pittsburgh Riverhounds Saturday, Monday was named winner of’s player and goal of the week honors.

The former St. Francis Brooklyn College standout was honored for the week ending Sunday.

Newly signed Red Bulls II player Andrew Tinari made his professional debut, assisting on a Bezecourt left-footed strike that beat the Pittsburgh keeper in the 16th minute for a 2-1 advantage.

After the hosts equalized, Red Bulls academy product Ben Mines drew a penalty inside the box taken down from behind by a Pittsburgh defender. Bezecourt buried one into the back of the net to reclaim the lead at 3-2 in the 76th minute.

New York City FC captain and striker David Villa was the first double winner of the season in Week 2 (the week of March 13).

Players from the area’s professional teams are eligible for player of the week honors, as are players who were born in the tri-state area but are performing elsewhere. Players who accomplish extraordinary feats at the youth and amateur levels will be considered when appropriate. player of the week winners

Week 1 (March 6) — Joseph Bendik (Orlando City SC)

Week 2 (March 13) — David Villa (New York City FC)

Week 3 (March 20) — Rodney Wallace (New York City FC)

Week 4 (March 27) — Vincent Bezecourt (New York Red Bulls II) goal of the week winners

Week 1 (March 6) — Daniel Royer (New York Red Bulls)

Week 2 (March 13) — David Villa (New York City FC)

Week 3 (March 20) — Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls)

Week 4 (March 27) — Vincent Bezecourt (New York Red Bulls II)

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at