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Serge Ngoma Rides Dominant NJ Elite Team to NY Red Bulls Academy Spot

By Evan Unger, 08/20/20, 11:45AM EDT

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NJ Elite 2005 Boys were one of the most dominant teams in the region from 2014 to 2017. The high performance squad played in the top tier of EDP League, and won the NJYS State Cup Championship in 2015-2016. In 2016-2017, the team won the EDP Open Cup, and also won the 2017 USYS Eastern Regional Championship.


The star of this team was Serge Ngoma. During the 2017 Eastern Regionals, Serge led the entire competition across all age groups in scoring, with 10 goals during the event, including scoring both goals in the championship game. Following the 2016-2017 season, Ngoma joined the New York Red Bulls Academy and quickly became one of the top prospects in the club. In his first year with the academy, he played for the U13s, U14s and U15s, scoring 16 goals during the season.  He followed that up with 12 goals in the 2018-2019 season.


“Playing at NJ Elite PSV under Coach Frenkie was one of the best situations I could’ve been put in. In my 5 years at the club, we won many tournaments, including state cup twice and the EDP Cup twice. At NJ Elite, Coach Frenkie was able to get the best out of all the players he coached and it showed on the field. I honestly feel that playing for Coach Frenkie helped me be prepared for the academy level at New York Red Bulls.” Ngoma said.

Ngoma has been the star at all the competitions he has attended. At the MLS Generation Adidas event in Salt Lake City in February, it was Ngoma who was leading the front line as the squad went undefeated, netting a goal against Real Salt Lake and two goals against the New England Revolution. Through his performances, he has been drawing attention as a top prospect.


“Serge came to play for our team NJ Elite PSV in the EDP League when he was 10 years old. Our team manager told me he knew a player that I needed to take a look at. After seeing him play once, we knew he was a special talent. His parents mentioned that he was a wrestler as well, and Serge competed in both sports. Serge is a very competitive, respectful, hard working, and coachable player who is very humble and always came to practice with a smile on his face. Serge has the mentality and the drive to be very successful, and we wish him all the best.”
— Frenkie Laurens