No Loan: Red Bulls recall Ouimette ahead of NYRBII USL playoff

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by DAVE MARTINEZ

HANOVER, N.J. – Playoffs or not, the first team takes precedence over the reserves.

That is the message from New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch who revealed on Monday that centerback Karl Ouimette will forgo this weekend’s New York Red Bulls II USL playoff match to join the Red Bulls senior side for their encounter against the Columbus Crew.

“Karl will be with us,” Marsch said.

The decision comes mere days after the Canadian centerback played hero for the USL side, willing his team to victory in overtime with a rare game-winning brace, beating the Pittsburgh Riverhounds 4-2 at Red Bull Arena. Thanks to Ouimette’s heroics, the club advances to the Conference Semi-Finals against league powerhouse, Rochester Rhinos.

Being without Ouimette will be a blow to the club. However, he has not played an integral part in their regular season (five games, five starts), minimizing the impact of his absence.

While Marsch prioritizes the first team, he did gush over the accomplishments of the USL reserve side. “The way we played and the belief we showed and the way we pushed even when our backs were against the wall — we want that to be a hallmark of our club,” he said. “I think those guys made us really proud and I told [head coach Jon Wolyniec] I thought that was one of the best games of the year.”