Perrinelle injured prior to Red Bulls, Union encounter

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

HARRISON, N.J. – Already short on centerbacks, the New York Red Bulls received some bad news just before kickoff against the Philadelphia Union.

French veteran Damien Perrinelle, New York’s most reliable and steadfast defender this season, was a last minute scratch from the team’s lineup, replaced by Costa Rican left back Roy Miller for the encounter.

The club’s official statement is that Perrinelle suffered a hamstring injury, with no indication of the severity of the injury.

Perrinelle’s loss could not come at a worse time. New York have slowly begun a descent from their undefeated start to the season, winning just one match in their last six (1-2-3). Ronald Zubar continues to be out injured while young Matt Miazga is out on international duty, competing in the U-20 World Cup for Tab Ramos and the US. Men’s National Team.

With Perrinelle’s loss, the club called on defenders Karl Ouimette and Roy Miller to take center back duties against Philadelphia. Ouimette has managed to show well in limited appearances for New York. However, Roy Miller, who left his traditional fullback role to make up for the club’s depth issues, struggled in his first outing of the season at center back. Neither Miller or Ouimette picked up Vincent Nogueira on the first goal. However, it was Miller exposed in the back, losing his marker and allowing CJ Sapong to score a second.

If Perrinelle’s injury proves to be severe, New York will likely look towards regular USL starter Andrew Jean-Baptiste to fill in for the injured centerback corps.

  • perrinelle,miler,ouimette,miazga,lade,Lawrence,zubar….not a very awe inspiring group