This year’s Red Bulls could have easily earned the nickname “the walking wounded.” From the very first game of the season until today, New York has not been able to field a healthy 18.
Even when players can come back, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are 100% ready to go. Jan Gunnar Solli is a prime example. The returning Norwegian was torched on two of the three goals. Manning his customary right back position, he struggled to find his rhythm and lacked the kind of two way potency which has made him a critical component on the defensive line.
There is clamoring for the return of various stars to the lineup; Teemu Tainio, Rafa Marquez, Brandon Barklage and others. Just remember; the chances that they will come back in top form are very slim.