HARRISON, NEW JERSEY - APRIL 06: Cristian Casseres Jr #23 of New York Red Bulls celebrates his goal in the second half against the Minnesota United at Red Bull Arena on April 06, 2019 in Harrison, New Jersey.The Minnesota United defeated the New York Red Bulls 2-1.
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Nineteen-year-old New York Red Bulls midfielder Cristian Casseres Jr. finished in 11th place in the MLS’ Top 22 Under-22 players.

Onz Chery

Halfway to the top. Is the glass half-full or half-empty? For New York Red Bulls’ third-youngest player, Cristian Casseres Jr., the glass is half full.

The 19-year-old midfielder was ranked directly in the middle of the MLS’ Top 22 Under-22 players rankings at 11th place. Casseres Jr. collected four assists and three goals last season in 23 appearances, which included 21 starts.

Last season was the teenager’s second MLS campaign. In 2018, he only played in three games, starting one of them. After Tyler Adams’ departure, playing time opened up for Casseres Jr.

Some would even say Casseres Jr. was supposed to be Adams’s replacement. Adams finished second last year in the MLS 22 Under-22. Casseres Jr. didn’t excel in his sophomore season, but he did show promise.

The youngster was named the Red Bulls’ Defender of the Year. He also scored the fourth-most goals and provided the sixth-most assists on the team. He managed to finish 11th on the lists while being the fifth most-used midfielder, and seventh most-used player overall.

One of the midfielder’s top performances came against Los Angeles F.C. on Aug. 11, a game in which he racked one goal and one assist in a 4-2 loss. He also showed out in a game against New York City F.C., when he notched a game-winning assist on July 14.

Casseres Jr. scored his first career MLS goal this season on April 6th. In a game against Minnesota United F.C. The Caracas native expressed that scoring this goal was his favorite moment of the year. It certainly wasn’t a bad season from the teenager.

Casseres Jr. also inscribed his name in the USL’s 20 Under-20 in 2018, finishing 12th.

Originally from Haiti, Ralph 'Onz' Chery started his writing career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He also wrote for First Touch, the Cosmopolitan Soccer League and other local leagues. After graduating, Onz started covering the New York Red Bulls for ESNY and joined Haitian Times.