Where Are They Now? Exploring the Careers of the XI that Started in New York Red Bulls’ 4-2 Win Against Chelsea

July 22, 2015 was a special night for the New York Red Bulls organization. Just over 24,000 fans made the trip to Red Bull Arena to see then reigning Premier League champion Chelsea take on the Red Bulls.  It wasn’t a surprise to see the stadium filled with fans, however, it was a surprise to see the youthful Red Bulls put four past a strong Chelsea team and win the game 4-2.  To celebrate the 5th anniversary of the win, let’s take a look back at the starting eleven that won our hearts that night and see where they are now.

Goalkeeper: Kyle Reynish (Retired)

Kyle Reynish made a name for himself in 2006 while playing in college for UC Santa Barbara.  He played every minute, was named 1st Team All Big West, and helped his team win the National Championship in his senior year. This led him to sign his first MLS contract in 2007 with Real Salt Lake, where he would only make eight appearances for the club.

After bouncing around both the NASL and MLS, Reynish eventually joined the New York Red Bulls in 2015 after being traded by the Chicago Fire.  He was loaned down to Red Bulls II that season, but got a chance to play against the Premier League champions.  He would spend the 2016 season with Red Bulls II as well, before being traded to Atlanta United in their inaugural season. Reynish only spent a year with Atlanta and in 2018, would join his final team, Fresno FC.  That would be his final season of his professional career and has since retired from the sport.

Right-back: Shawn McLaws (Director Of Business Development & Photographer)

Shawn McLaws played four years of college from 2011-2014 for Coastal Carolina University and in his senior year, was named Big South Defensive Player of the Year.  He spent his last two seasons of college also playing for then USL Player Development League side Ocean City Nor’easters and was their captain in the 2014 season.  The New York Red Bulls saw something that they liked and in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, the club selected McLaws with the 59th pick. 

Like many young Red Bulls players, he was loaned down to Red Bulls II in his first and only season with the club and made 21 appearances. He did, however, get a chance with the other youngsters in the game against Chelsea, getting to mark Eden Hazard. On February 12, 2016, McLaws joined the Harrisburg City Islanders after being waived by New York. He would spend two seasons with the Islanders before playing one season with the Oklahoma City Energy in 2018. He has since left professional soccer and is currently the director of Business Development and a photographer at Rooted Creative. 

Center-back: Konrad Plewa (New York Cosmos)

Konrad Plewa started his professional career with Red Bulls II in 2015 for their inaugural season after 4 years at Seton Hall University.  He earned his Red Bulls debut against Chelsea, however, he would continue to play for Red Bulls II for the rest of that season and the 2016 USL season. In the 2016 season, Plewa had a health scare when he suffered a stroke in a game against the Richmond Kickers. However, he was able to recover from this and would play a big part in getting the team to the USL Cup Final, where Red Bulls II would win 5-1 against Swope Park Rangers. Since being released from New York in 2016, Plewa has played for Saint Louis, Real Monarchs, and currently plays for the New York Cosmos.

Center-back: Karl Ouimette (Indy Eleven)

Born in Quebec, Canada, Karl Ouimette started his professional career in his home country with the Montreal Impact in 2012, becoming the first academy player to sign with the first team.  He would spend three seasons with the club, before being waived in 2015 just before the 2015 MLS season.  After being waived, the Red Bulls offered Ouimette a trial, which ended up being a successful one and he would sign with the team in March, teaming up with ex-Montreal coach and then head coach, Jesse Marsch. 

Ouimette would spend his two years in New York bouncing from the first team and the USL team, and he was one of those players that got a chance to shine against Chelsea; Ouimette played the full 90 minutes in that game and looked good throughout the match. He was loaned out to the Jacksonville Armada during the 2016 season before being released by New York at the end of the campaign. Ouimette joined Indy Eleven in 2018 in the USL and has been with the club since.

Left-back: Roy Miller (Deportivo Saprissa)

While many of the players in this game were youth players for the Red Bulls, Roy Miller was an exception. Miller joined the Red Bulls in 2010 after playing in Costa Rica, Norway, and a brief stint in Sweden. Miller played a part in another important match for the club, which was the 3-1 win over Santos in the first game at Red Bull Arena and would go on to play 169 times for the club, helping the team achieve their first ever Supporters’ Shield in 2013. He joined Deportivo Saprissa that next season in 2016 where he would spend two seasons before returning to Major League Soccer to play for the Portland Timbers. After three seasons of bouncing from USL to MLS with Portland, he returned to Saprissa in 2019 and has been with the Costa Rican side since. 

Defensive Midfield: Leo Stolz (Retired)

After one season with 1860 Munich II in Germany, Leo Stolz decided to go abroad to the United States to play college soccer. Playing one season with George Mason University and three seasons with UCLA, Stolz had a successful college career, earning the Hermann Trophy in his senior year, meaning he was the best college soccer player in that season. The choice to play in college worked out for Stolz and in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, the New York Red Bulls selected him as the 18th overall pick. He would get loaned down to Red Bulls II that season, but played 71 minutes in the victory against Chelsea. He would only play one season with the Red Bulls and after that season he retired from professional soccer.

Center Midfield: Sean Davis (New York Red Bulls)

On December 11, 2014, Sean Davis signed a homegrown contract with the New York Red Bulls.  Davis would play for the Under-23s, where he helped his team win the 2014 NPSL title. He would then play for Red Bulls II in 2015, where he assisted the first goal in Red Bulls II history in their first ever win against Toronto II.  Davis impressed the coaching staff and on April 17, 2015, he made his MLS debut against the San Jose Earthquakes in a 2-0 win.

Later on that year, Davis would play the full 90 minutes against Chelsea, scoring two goals for the team. He has continued to shine with the New York Red Bulls and before the start of the 2020 MLS season, he was named captain of the club, making him the first homegrown captain in Red Bulls history. Now, Davis continues to try and help the younger players in this team, just like he was helped when he was in that position. 

Center Midfield: Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig)

Who would have thought that 16-year-old Tyler Adams, who was making his debut against Chelsea back in 2015, would get to the point where he is today? After his performance against Chelsea, probably a lot of fans. Adams joined the Red Bull system in 2011 playing with the academy team.  He would play for the Under-13, Under-14, and Under-16 sides before signing his first professional contract with Red Bulls II.  At only 16 years old, Adams was playing USL soccer, gaining experience that most players don’t get at that age. 

Later that year, he got a chance to play for the first team against Chelsea and he would impress once again, scoring a wonderful header past Asmir Begović. In November 2015, the New York Red Bulls made a good choice and signed Adams to a first team contract, he would make his MLS debut against San Jose Earthquakes before returning back to Red Bulls II for the remainder of the year.  Finally in 2017, Adams began to emerge as a first team player and transformed himself into one of the best players in the league. 

He was one of the first names on the team sheet and played a crucial role in the midfield under the pressing style of Jesse Marsch.  It was not a surprise though in 2018 when Europe was taking a good look at Adams, and eventually he would move on from New York to RB Leipzig, staying in the Red Bull system and reuniting with Jesse Marsch in Germany.  Since moving to Leipzig, Adams has had a couple injury problems, but has kept up the good performances and is now competing with Europe’s best.

Right Wing: Daniel Bedoya (Atletico Pantoja)

Born in Colombia, Daniel Bedoya started his soccer career at St. John’s University where he would play two seasons. Before college, Bedoya was in the Red Bulls Academy and he continued in the Red Bull system after college. He featured for the Red Bulls Under-23 team that won the 2014 NPSL title and played for Red Bulls II in their inaugural season in 2015. He also got the chance to impress against Chelsea for 45 minutes before being substituted at the start of the second half. 

He would leave the Red Bulls at the end of the 2015 season and didn’t end up signing for another club until 2017 when he signed with the Long Island Rough Riders in the NPSL. After two years in Long Island, Bedoya stayed in New York and joined New York City FC in 2018, but a year later he was loaned out to Hartford Athletic and eventually released. Now 26, he currently plies his trade in the Dominican Republic with Atlético Pantoja.

Left Wing: Marius Obekop (Nantong Zhiyun)

Marius Obekop joined the New York Red Bulls in 2013 from Renaissance FC after a successful trial with the club. Obekop didn’t get much game time with the first team and in 2015, he was loaned down to Red Bulls II for the team’s first season where he got much more playing time, scoring six goals in 20 appearances for the team. He also played 71 minutes in the game against Chelsea where he would play once more for the first team. 

That season would be his last for the club, though, and he has since played for Orlando City B, FC Zaria Bălți, and FC Zimbru Chișinău. Currently, Obekop is playing for Nanton Zhiyun in the Chinese League One and has been with the club since 2019.

Center-forward: Chris Tsonis (Retired)

Tsonis joined Red Bulls II in 2015 after playing in the USL Player Development League and the Icelandic First Division. He would make his debut for the club in the team’s first-ever game against the Rochester Rhinos, which ended 0-0. Tsonis played 26 games for the club in his only season in New York, scoring five times and playing an important role in the team. He played 45 minutes in the game against Chelsea, but didn’t have much going that night. Tsonis left the club later that year and moved to the Charleston Battery for the 2016. Since then, Tsonis has retired from professional soccer and now works as a business manager at Allen Face & Company.  

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