USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Thursday, February 11, 2016
HARRISON, N.J. – New York Red Bulls II Coach John Wolyniec enjoyed the club’s recent trip to Orlando to begin its preparations for the upcoming MLS season, but after a successful inaugural season in the USL, he’s also ready to get back to work and see what the new season has in store.
“I’m excited to get back in my rhythm as a head coach and getting into the rhythm of the season, having regular training sessions and having guys around on a regular basis and to really see where the team shakes out,” Wolyniec told NewYorkRedBulls.com. “I think we did a good job and made some pretty good decisions on keeping some guys around and some of the new guys I think will shake out.”
With a large squad assembled in Florida, Wolyniec got the chance to help continue the progress of players like Tyler Adams and Derrick Etienne, both of whom signed Homegrown Player contracts this offseason after playing for NYRB II in 2015, but also getting a chance to know the players who’ll make up part of his roster this year.
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The stint also gave the chance for current NYRB II players like Stefano Bonomo a chance to make their case to join the club’s MLS roster. The former Cal standout made a big impression after joining the Red Bulls II midseason in 2015, and has continued to perform well so far this preseason.
“It took him a little while to get up to speed, but he’s come into camp ready to go and has done very well,” Wolyniec said. “I see him being pretty involved with the first team so it was great to see him off to a good start and really impressing the first-team coaching staff and giving himself a shot of reaching that goal of moving up to MLS.”
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One player to watch for Wolyniec’s side this season will be Tim Schmoll, who signed with the club last month after helping the Red Bulls U23s reach the PDL Championship game last summer. An All-Eastern Conference selection, Schmoll’s time in Florida was spent getting up to speed with the pro game ahead of his rookie season.
“Tim’s an interesting guy … he kind of came on our radar last summer for our U-23s. Rob Elliot did a good job of scouting him, and giving him an opportunity to show what he can do on our amateur level and he impressed,” Wolyniec said. “He’s going to be with us, but he fit in pretty well with the first team.“You could see that he was a little bit behind, but he’s a very mature, intelligent, determined kid that, given some time, will factor into first-team decisions. He’s a great guy. I’m happy to have him and I think he’s going to fill an important role with us.”