Alex Muyl (white jersey) played a key role in the New York Red Bulls' win over Antigua GFC in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League on August 3, 2016, in Harrison, New Jersey, USA. (Photo: Mexsport)
HARRISON, New Jersey -- Not only has 20-year-old midfielder Alex Muyl earned a spot on the New York Red Bulls' roster, he has worked his way into the starting lineup.
The New York City native has started at right midfield the past six matches, including the Red Bulls' 3-0 victory over Antigua GFC in the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League Group F opener on Wednesday.
Muyl had a role in two goals. First, as the last Red Bull player touching the ball during a penalty-area scramble that resulted in an Antigua own-goal in the 14th minute and then netting a 62nd-minute insurance tally.
It was his first goal scored at Red Bull Arena, after coming off the bench to strike in the 7-0 road triumph over New York City FC on May 21.
"As a whole just being able to contribute in my first year is the highlight for me," he said.
So was playing in the SCCL for the first time.
"It's really exciting," he remarked. "The fact it’s an international competition it's really cool. It's a first for me. It's a first for a lot of young guys."
The 5-11, 175-lb. Muyl might sound like a wide-eyed, first-year pro, but he has performed with noteworthy poise. He was given an opportunity to break into the Starting XI when the Red Bulls sold popular midfielder Lloyd Sam to rival D.C. United last month. He has a goal and three assists in 17 matches (754 minutes).
Muyl was one of four Red Bulls with little pro experience who stepped up and played well against the 2015 Guatemalan Apertura champion. The others were midfielders Tyler Adams (17-years-old), Derrick Etienne (19) and Sean Davis (23).
"We know we have a lot of young, talented players," Muyl concluded. "We see them in training every day. It's different when you have to come out in front of people and do it in a real game.
"It was was a good experience for all us. We showed that we have some talented players. It's exciting for the future."