Thursday, June 17

MLS – Gambia’s Omar Sowe Set to Shine with New York Red Bulls, Eyes Scorpions

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2020 was a breakout season for New York Red Bull II‘s Omar Sowe. In 14 matches, the talented forward was able to score seven goals on just 20 shots, adding 19 key passes to the NYRB2 attack.

“I think the main reason I had a really good season last year was because I had a really good team, as in where I was a part of a puzzle, where I fit perfectly,” Sowe told BGN. “It was a team effort, and I was just lucky enough to be at the end of it, where the team worked together, and I did my part of that.”

Sowe moved to Harrison, New Jersey from Gambia when he was nine years old. He gets to play for his adopted home team with the Red Bulls, but he’d also love the chance to represent the “Scorpions” in The Gambia where he was born.

“I have always wanted to represent my homeland at the international level,” Omar said. “I am working hard and ready whenever I’m given the opportunity. I am excited and ready to wear the colors.”

While you may refer to Sowe as a “hometown hero” when he’s playing for the Red Bulls organization, he doesn’t see it that way. “I do not feel like I’m a hero,” he said. “I’m just doing what makes me happy and representing my family as well as the town of Harrison. It is something my brothers and I have been doing and will continue to do.”

“I feel like that is something that this year’s team as of the past two weeks of preseason, I feel like there is really a good connection there and I think that is going to lead to a really good season for the team and myself this year.”

Still only 20 years old, Sowe is a promising prospect for the Red Bulls’ first team and will be working on earning an opportunity with the MLS club. He said, “I think for myself as a player there is a lot that I can work on individually that can better my game that will also prepare me for the MLS level.”

Sowe and Red Bulls II will take on Hartford Athletic in their season opener on April 30th. The match will be the first Friday action of the USL Championship schedule with kickoff set for 7 PM Eastern from MSU Soccer Park in New Jersey.

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