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Training with the New York Red Bulls is just another day in the life of some IMG Academy student-athletes

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Brendan O’Conner executes a “Cruyff turn” during a New York Red Bull training session.

IMG Academy offers its student-athletes the unique experience of being able to train where the pros train, and recently, four boys soccer players had the opportunity to train with the pros. Student-atheltes Raul Gonzalez, Bryan Estrada, Ivan Pineda and Brendan O’Conner were selected to train with Major League Soccer's (MLS) New York Red Bulls. The players participated in an intersquad scrimmage against the likes of Kenny Cooper, Dax McCarty and others. From the sideline, Thierry Henry, Tim Cahill and Juninho observed.  

The opportunity for Gonzalez, Estrada, Pineda and O'Conner - all members of the IMG Academy U-18 team - came about when the Red Bulls asked IMG Academy to provide some of its top seniors to participate in a scrimmage.