Notebook: RBNY’s Verón Is in Argentina

Matt Kremkau

By ANTHONY J. MERCED

imagesGonzalo Verón has not healed from his injuries as quickly as the team has hoped and now the forward has gone back to Argentina to be evaluated. The news came during training this week after Verón missed an anticipated start with New York Red Bull II last Saturday. Now there is speculation about when he might return.

“We’re hopeful that he’ll get back soon but we’re trying to get to the bottom of what his injury is,” Coach Jesse Marsch said. “It’s going much slower than we anticipated. He’s had certain parts where he feels stronger and others where he has the same pain. So we’re trying to determine exactly what’s going on.”

Verón has been with the team since 2015 but has made only eight starts. The designated player has not lived up to expectations because of injuries at the beginning of the last two seasons.

Abang Again Out on Loan

Despite a need for options at forward, the Red Bulls have decided to extend the loan of Anatole Abang, this time with the Finnish side Seinajoen Jalkapallokerho. Abang was previously with Hobro IK in Denmark but that contract was ended for this loan in Finland. The Cameroonian international has scored 4 goals in 25 appearances with New York as well as 8 goals in 14 games with New York Red Bull II.

Much has been made about New York’s lack of options at striker, especially with injuries to Verón and Fredrik Gulbrandsen in recent weeks. Marsch and his staff do not see Abang as an option in that position, instead looking at USL players such as Alex Muyl or Derrick Etienne Jr. as fixes.

Red Bull II Dealing With First-Team Issues

New York Red Bull II lost for the first time this season, a 1-0 defeat against the Harrisburg City Islanders on Wednesday night. Ex-NYRB II player Manolo Sanchez scored the game’s only goal.

The team dominated possession and created chances the same way the first-team has. It also suffers from the same lack of strong opportunities on target and susceptibility to the counter attack. Goalkeeper Ryan Meara, Alex Muyl and Michael Murillo started ahead of Sunday’s first team game at Orlando City. New York Red Bull II Coach John Wolyniec expressed some of the same frustrations as Jesse Marsch has:

“It’s a little strange in that we came out in the first game and put a lot of great attacking plays together and the second game at home we were not working on all cylinders,” Wolyniec said. “We still created a lot, not a lot of clear chances, but a lot of close plays and we knew it was going to be a tight game and it was going to come down to one play. Credit Manolo, he made his play and our guys fell a little short but still a lot of good for us for sure.”

New York Red Bull II has a quick turnaround as they travel to St. Louis for a game on Saturday, the second of two games in four days.