MLS DisCo suspends Zubar; Ouimette ready to step in

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by DAVE MARTINEZ

The New York Red Bulls can’t catch a break.

Already hindered by the injuries of Damien Perrinelle and Gonzalo Veron, the club took another hit as Ronald Zubar has been fined and suspended for his challenge on Toronto FC’s Daniel Lovitz.

Labeled a “serious foul play that endangered the safety of an opponent,” Zubar will miss this weekend’s Montreal Impact match and has also been fined an undisclosed amount.

In his place, the Red Bulls turn to former Montreal Impact Homegrown player, Karl Ouimette. The 23-year-old defender stepped in last year as a first choice centerback option off the bench. He appeared in 11 matches, and added five appearances with New York Red Bulls II to his ledger.

Despite the loss of Zubar, Ouimette is ready to carry the load on defense — in front of an unexpected home crowd.

“It’s going to be good,” Ouimette said after training on Thursday. “Family and friends will be there, against my last team, so it will be very interesting. It’s a good challenge to go down there and I think it will be a fun game.

“I’m pumped up to play,” he continued. “It’s always good to play, especially at home. Each time I go on the field, I have to give my all and prove what I can give on the field.”