Alex Muyl (right), who scored the Red Bulllls’ opening goal, and Scott Caldwell run down the ball in the scrimmage. (Jonathan Dyer?USA TODAY Sports)

BRADENTON, Fla. – Despite scoring two early goals, the Red Bulls dropped a 4-3 decision to New England in a closed-door scrimmage at IMG Academy Wednesday afternoon.

The Red Bulls also played a 45-minute period against Kickers FC (Florida Suncoast Soccer League), securing a 3-1 victory.

Against the Revs, New York Alex Muyl got free at the edge of the six-yard box and slotted a hard shot to the far post for the first goal in the 11th minute.

Two minutes later, the Red Bulls earned a free kick just outside the penalty area. Felipe restarted play with a touch to his right for Bradley Wright-Phillips. BWP drilled his shot past the New England wall to the near post to double the lead.

New England tallied back-to-back goals by Brian Wright (32nd minute) and Cristian Penilla (39th minute) to knot things up at the half.

The Red Bulls made nine changes after 45 minutes.

In the 56th minute, goalkeeper Ryan Meara made a big save to keep the game even.

The Revolution, however, put the game away by striking twice within a nine-minute span as Kelyn Rowe converted a penalty kick in the 61st minute and Oluwafemi added an insurance tally in the 70th minute. That latter goal was needed Carlos Rivas fired a hard shot off a free kick from outside the box to cut the deficit to 4-3 in the 76th minute.

Miidfielder Tyler Adams made his preseason debut after rejoining the team Tuesday following the conclusion of U.S. national team camp.

New England 4, New York 3


Alex Muyl (unassisted) 11′
Bradley Wright-Phillips (Felipe) 13′
Carlos Rivas (unassisted) 76′


Brian Wright (Scott Caldwell) 32′,
Cristian Penilla (unassisted) 39′
Kelyn Rowe (PK) 61′
Oluwafemi 70′

First-half lineup:

Luis Robles; Ismalia Jome, Aurelien Collin, Aaron Long, Tommy Redding, Michael Amir Murillo, Felipe, Alex Muyl, Sean Davis, Daniel Royer, Bradley Wright-Phillips

Second-half lineup:

Ryan Meara; Ismalia Jome, Hassan Ndam, Fidel Escobar, Connor Lade, Tyler Adams, Alex Muyl, Vincent Bezecourt, Derrick Etienne, Jr., Stefano Bonomo, Carlos Rivas

New York 3, Kickers FC 1

Early in the period, Brian White found himself inside the Kickers’ 18-yard box and finished to the near post to grab a 1-0 lead.

Later, Florian Valot swung a corner kick into the eight-yard box for Jordan Scarlett, who timed his header perfectly past the goalkeeper and under the cross bar to double for a 2-1 advantage.

As the period was coming to an end, Ben Mines capped things off with strong shot to the far post to beat the goalkeeper.


NY: Brian White (unassisted), Jordan Scarlett (Florian Valot), Ben Mines


Evan Louro; Ethan Kutler, Jordan Scarlett, Kevin Politz, Kyle Duncan, Steven Echevarria, Andrew Tinari, Amando Moreno, Florian Valot, Ben Mines, Brian White


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