Red Bulls Notebook: Injuries, Call-Ups and Suspensions

Matt Kremkau


Red Bulls logoWHIPPANY, N.J. — After trotting out a 3-3-3-1 (or 3-6-1) formation – by design — in the Red Bulls (7-8-2, 23 points) last outing against Philadelphia in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, New York Coach Jesse Marsch may have to use it again and not necessarily because he wants to in Wednesday’s league match at New England (5-8-5, 20).

Marsch said the unusual tactic, which used a three-man back line of Damien Perrinelle and Aaron Long out wide, and Aurelien Collin in the center, was employed to capitalize on the personnel available. But with Collin not available because of a hamstring issue – sustained against Philadelphia, Kemar Lawrence (Jamaica) and Michael Murillo (Panama) away on Gold Cup duty and Tyler Adams out because of a suspension for his kick to New York City FC’s Yangel Herrera on June 24, Marsch’s options become more limited.

“I’m not going to say right now,” Marsch said Tuesday. “I want New England to be thinking about what we’re going to do.

“If we have our centerbacks available it can be something that can be good. We can reward their aggressiveness. We can put more midfielders on the field and we can look to exploit wide spaces.”

Short (or No) Memories Can Be Good

Goalkeeper Luis Robles has only in New York since 2012, so the Red Bulls’ 1-3-2 record against the Revolution in New England during his tenure isn’t so dire.

He didn’t realize that that victory he was a part of in 2014 was the first in Foxborough since 2002 – the lone win in 26 trips.

“Is it really that bad? I guess I wasn’t aware of that,” said Robles, still riding his MLS record 157-consecutive-game streak. “For me, I guess, I feel we’ve done well because in 2014 we won there; in 2014 in the playoffs we got a tie. So it doesn’t necessarily feel as drastic as it seems when you extrapolate it over the years.”

That may come in even more handy with the Red Bulls having to play the Revs twice in New England in eight days, with the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals set for July 13.

“We’ve dealt with that now twice [against Philadelphia and New York]. The first step is Game 1,” Marsch said. “Then there will be things that will happen in game one that you’ll have to include in game two. The edge is always going to go to the team that loses game one.

“In both situations in Philly and New York we got a much different version of the match the second time. We’ve learned from that. Now have to address for game one and then turn around prepared to go from there.”

At least the Open Cup game will be a Jordan Field in Cambridge instead of Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

Under the Radar (or Down the Ladder)

Red Bulls II ended its three-game winless streak with a 1-0 victory over St. Louis on Sunday at Montclair State, winning on Brandon Allen’s team-leading ninth goal of the season.

The result moved RBII within a game of .500 (6-7-3, 21) and past Cincinnati into sixth place , a point behind fifth-place Charlotte, but 13 points behind league-leading Charleston after 16 games.

It was the second straight game with a goal for the Allen, 23, who led the second-division side with 21 goals last year. Allen, who is from Old Bridge, N.J., has made the 18-man roster for the MLS Red Bulls three times this year but hasn’t seen any minutes.

Allen played in one MLS game last year, coming in as a late substitute for Bradley Wright-Phillips in a 3-0 win over Toronto on May 28. His 26th-minute goal against St. Louis was enough to end the Red Bulls II’s two game-losing streak at home thanks to goalkeeper Rafael Diaz’s first shutout of the season.

“I didn’t start him a couple games ago and he got a little frustrated,” Coach John Wolyniec said, referring to Allen. “I think that lit a little spark. You see some of it in [the last game against] Ottawa and I think you see more of it today.”