Red Bulls Using Amando Moreno as a Scout Against His Former Team

When Amando Moreno was with the New York Red Bulls five years ago, he was a bit of a quiet player who easily slid into the shadows.

Fast forward to 2018 and now Moreno confidently steps in front of the team, showcasing a different side and temperament in what is now his second stint with the organization.

Moreno signed with the club earlier this offseason and is now a member of New York Red Bulls II, where the 22-year-old attacker should get valuable minutes with the club. After leaving the organization following the 2013 season, Moreno signed with Mexican club Tijuana. The same side that the Red Bulls will face on Tuesday night in the quarterfinals of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.

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And it was Moreno, who on Sunday morning spoke with the team prior to their film session followed by training, giving some thoughts on his old Mexican team. But his involvement in the game preparation also runs deeper than just a few thoughts spoken to his teammates.

Earlier this weekend, Moreno sat down for 45 minutes with assistant coaches Chris Armas and Bradley Carnell to give some depth to the scouting report on the Mexican side.

“Yea, we used Amando quite a bit. They have a new coach and some new players, so it was a little bit different from when he was there,” Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch said Sunday.

“But we used him to talk about everything, from the turf and what the stadium is like to what their players are like and how they play. Very helpful, very helpful. We hope that will give us a little bit of an advantage.”

Moreno was with Tijuana for four seasons that included several loan spells. He has extensive experience with the United States national team at both the U-17 and U-20 level. Despite a coaching change with his former employers, he still has a good knowledge of the Xolos and their setup.

In May of 2016, he was called into the senior national team for a camp ahead of a friendly against Puerto Rico but did not appear in the match. His return to MLS will let him integrate with the USL squad and potentially vie for first-team opportunities.

But beyond trying to earn minutes in MLS, now, the Red Bulls II player is also taking on the role of scout extraordinaire.

“We talked a little bit and he addressed certain things and made us look a little more carefully at some of their players and some of the things they try to do,” Marsch said.

“Then Amando spoke a bit to the team about what to expect from certain guys.”

RED BULLS NOTES

– Marsch said that the team emerged healthy from the first two legs of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League as they depart for Tijuana on Sunday afternoon. The team trained at their facility in the morning before leaving for the match. The Red Bulls will take a charter flight to and from the match against the Mexican side.

– Acquired last week, Tim Parker is not yet training with his new team but will join the squad ahead of Tuesday night’s match. Saying that “there are a lot of factors” that led the Red Bulls to trade for Parker, Marsch seems excited about the player.

“Tim is someone we’ve been trying to get access to for at least two years,” Marsch said.

“And so now that we have the opportunity, I think it’s exciting because when you find the players that fit the way you play, then that’s when I think you have the best chance to integrate them properly and give them the best chance to succeed within our team.

“On that note, I think Tim fits what we do from a mentality, from a soccer perspective, a physical perspective almost perfectly.”

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