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Bullish determination: Former St. Francis star excelling with Red Bulls II

Seeing red: Former St. Francis Brooklyn star Vincent Bezecourt suffered an early season injury this year, but the midfielder returned to Red Bulls II more determined than ever to help his team succeed.
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He’s taking the bull by the horns.

Former St. Francis soccer star Vincent Bezecourt battled his fair share of obstacles since signing with the Red Bulls II — which competes in the United Soccer League — earlier this year, but after working his way back from injury, Bezecourt is determined to prove he’s an asset to the club.

“It took me a while after my injury to come back and be confident with the team,” said Bezecourt, an all-American during his time at St. Francis. “I feel like I’m ready to play on this team and work for this team. I’m coming back at a good time, because it’s getting very exciting for me and for the team too.”

Bezecourt got off to a quick start with the Red Bulls, competing with the first team during training camp and playing two games in the spring. Things took a downward turn, however, in early April when Bezecourt suffered a left-knee injury that kept him off the field for nearly three months.

It would have been easy for Bezecourt to be frustrated with the unforeseen injury-obstacle, but the midfielder funneled that frustration into his rehab regimen.

“Honestly it was just a lot of determinat­ion,” he said. “You see your teammates playing and you want to me them. You want to be out on the field playing, winning games and that really pushed me the most. I wanted to be part of the team. I think that’s what I used the most.”

Bezecourt — who grew up playing soccer with his father and older brother in France — has spent most of his life on the field, and he was not about to let an injury slow him down.

He spent weeks in rehab, getting back up to speed and, finally, returned to the Red Bulls II midway through the summer. But Bezecourt did not feel he had truly made it back until he found the back of the net — scoring two goals against the Harrisburg City Islanders on Aug. 2.

“That was a great thing,” Bezecourt said. “I was out for almost three months and watched my teammates have fun and have success. So it was tough. But to get a couple of minutes and the goals when I came back, that was a great thing.”

Over the last month, Bezecourt has hit his on-field stride, scoring a pair of goals against the City Islanders on Sept. 7 to lead the Red Bulls II to a regular-season title. Bezecourt still isn’t satisfied — regular-season titles are well and good, but he wants to compete for a postseason championship.

“Our goal is pretty clear — to win the championsh­ip,” Bezecourt said. “We know that we have a good team, we have good individuals and good players. We have players that can make a difference at any time.”

Bezecourt is used to success. He led St. Francis to the 2014 Northeast Conference championship and called his time in Brooklyn “the greatest experience of my life.” He’s also ready for the next challenge, more focused and anxious to play than ever, particularly after the unexpected challenges earlier this season. Bezecourt has goals and he’s going to make sure he scores them — on and off the field.

“It’s obviously not going to be easy, but I would love to get an Major League Soccer contract with the first team,” he said. “I want to keep doing what I love — playing soccer.”

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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