NPSL alum Vincent Bezecourt is back with NYRB II for his second season and the stability is quickly helping his game.
“I feel more comfortable,” Bezecourt said. “Being able to be with the team for preseason and build from last year has been great.”
And his numbers have shown it.
In just the first month and a half of action, the French midfielder has been named to the United Soccer League (USL) Team of the Week three times and was named USL Player of the Week following his performance against Orlando City B. There Bezecourt wowed and scored two goals and recorded an assist, with one of his goals being a rocket from outside the box that nestled into the top corner to put NYRB II up by two. Bezecourt’s performance also helped Red Bulls II snap a two-game losing streak.
NYRB II Head Coach John Wolyniec has already noticed Bezecourt’s growth in his second year with the squad.
“I think he’s grown a lot. He’s adjusted to our style of play and you can see it in his performances and hopefully he keeps it going.”
Considering Bezecourt’s success last season, his hot start very well might not be an anomaly. In 2016, his first season as a professional, Bezecourt netted 10 goals in 23 appearances with the club. With his hot start in 2017, the hype surrounding Bezecourt is getting real, to the point where Jesse Marsch told media this week that Bezecourt is a player they are looking at for the future. One of the only things keeping Marsch from calling the midfielder up might be the fact that as a French international, Bezecourt would take up an international roster slot.
For Bezecourt, he is still noticing differences between the French and American styles of play.
“When I got here it was very physical and fast, but the more I play here the more comfortable I become.”
The NPSL was a big part in Bezecourt’s improvement and acclamation to the U.S. game. The Aire-sur-l’Adour native spent the 2015 NPSL season with Brooklyn Italians SC, where he made a great impression with Brooklyn Head Coach Dominic Casciato.
“Vincent was a star player for our NPSL team, and was the type of player that really made everyone around him better. He’s also a real gentleman off the field and someone we are proud to say is one of our alums.”
Bezecourt attended St. Francis Brooklyn for two seasons before moving on to the professional level. In his two seasons with the Terriers, Bezecourt scored nine goals in 39 appearances and helped lead the team to the NCAA Tournament in his first campaign. Just like with Brooklyn Italians SC, Bezecourt impressed in college, with Saint Francis Head Coach Tom Giovatto having high praise for the Frenchman.
“He came to St. Francis College with the attitude of making himself a better player every day on and off the field. Vince’s commitment and positive energy carried through to every member of our team and helped put St. Francis Soccer back in the national rankings. Vincent shows our players and recruits that if they put in the work they can continue to develop and have an opportunity to play professionally after school.”
Following graduation from Saint Francis, Bezecourt trained with New York Red Bulls and went on to sign with NYRB II.
In the future, Bezecourt is hoping to continue his success on the USL level and one day, MLS. With his technical skill and eye for the game, both of which were praised by Casciato, it seems like it’s only a matter of time before the attacking midfielder achieves his goal and reaches his dreams.