Red Bulls’ Roy Miller out 6-8 weeks

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU OF SOCCER

Where has Roy Miller been?

Apparently, injured.

The New York Red Bulls revealed via Twitter that Roy Miller is out 6-8 weeks with an MCL sprain. The injury threatens to sideline the longest tenured Red Bull player for the remainder of the regular season, and almost certainly puts him out of contention with Costa Rica through the United States clash against the Ticos on October 13th.

This is just the latest setback in a season of woe for Miller. Once the undisputed starting left fullback for the club, Miller has fallen below both upstart Kemar Lawrence and American journeyman Anthony Wallace on Jesse Marsch’s depth chart. Miller has appeared in all of six matches this season, totaling 443 regular season minutes; a stark difference from his past production with the club. Prior to this season, Miller has only fallen under 1400 minutes once — 1,365 minutes player in 2013. Still, he managed to play a major role in the club’s run to the playoffs that season. On the international level, it hasn’t been much better. Miller was involved in phantom foul call in the box that allowed Mexico to oust Costa Rica from this year’s Gold Cup tournament.

If all goes well, Miller could have a chance to rejoin the Red Bulls for their midweek October 14th match against Toronto FC. If his recovery nears eight weeks, however, that will push him right against the Chicago Fire season finale on October 25th at Toyota Park.