Damien Perrinelle Returns To Action In Positive USL Cameo

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by ANTHONY J. MERCED

Damien Perrinelle, who has missed action since his ACL injury during last season’s MLS playoffs, returned to the field for New York Red Bull’s USL affiliate team Red Bull II on Saturday afternoon.

Perrinelle played 35 minutes, and despite having to shake off some rust, contributed to a solid defense which locked in 4-0 victory over the Wilmington Hammerheads.

“It’s amazing. It’s a good feeling,” said Perrinelle after the game. “It was a good step and even better because we got the win at the end.”

Perrinelle was a lynchpin for New York’s defense last season starting in 28 games alongside Matt Miazga, who left the team to join Chelsea Football Club in the offseason. Perrinelle is seen as an important player in the Red Bull defense and the ability to get him back on the field will certainly be a positive for the MLS side, particularly after centerback Gideon Baah picked up an apparent injury against the Columbus Crew..

“One of the things that we try to do with this team is to help develop players but also to help first team players that are coming back from injury,” said NYRB II head coach John Wolyniec. “I think he looked a little shaky early but that’s totally understandable and by the last few minutes he was begging for time.”

The team wouldn’t comment on whether or not Perrinelle would be available for the US Open Cup fixture this week or the big game against NYCFC next Sunday.