The New York Red Bulls have won a pair of vital matches in a row despite injury issues, roster depletion and – yes – even the occasional benching of a star player.
Heading into their final six game stretch before the playoffs begin, the team is slowly working to make their way back to full strength.
That, of course, may take some time. Left back Roy Miller, who suffered an achilles injury on August 25th against Chivas USA, has been ruled out for Saturday’s 7 p.m. home game against Toronto FC. Connor Lade, who has made one start and three substitute appearances for New York after a stellar 2012, continues to be ruled out as well with an undisclosed knee injury.
Midfielder Tim Cahill continues to petition Head Coach Mike Petke for playing time but remains on schedule to be out for most of this month. “Tim Cahill feels like Tim always does,” Petke said. “That he can start running right now! We will have a better understanding (Thursday).”
Of the walking wounded, Brandon Barklage seems the lone Red Bull player ready to step back into the fray. Suffering a strained glute injury leading up to the DC United encounter two weeks ago, Barklage is now listed as “day to day,” with an evaluation coming Thursday at training.