Red Bulls Notes: Lawrence day-to-day, Contesting Felipe Red, Injury Updates, More

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by RUSS McKENZIE

The New York Red Bulls roster is getting thinner by the week.

By the end of Friday night’s loss to the New England Revolution, New York had lost their third defensive starter, Kemar Lawrence, to injury. In addition to Lawrence, midfielder Felipe received a controversial red card from official Mark Geiger and will likely miss this Saturday’s match vs Sporting Kansas City.

ON LAWRENCE …

After training on Monday, head coach Jesse Marsch gave an update on Lawrence, calling it ligament damage in his knee.

“It’s nothing overly serious, but he felt his knee pop out so it scared him a little. He is day-to-day, and my guess is he is doubtful for the weekend but I am not sure yet.”

Marsch has Lawrence listed as day to day, but is doubtful for Saturday night.

INJURY UPDATES

Some good news on the horizon, however, is Ronald Zubar. March stated that Zubar was “the closest” to returning from his injury. That’s welcome news for a backline that is now missing three out of its four starters. Marsch said Gonzalo Veron and Gideon Baah are “right there behind” Zubar, and the Red Bulls boss hopes to have them back in training soon.

“It’s day-to-day for all of them,” Marsch said.

Of course, missing defenders open up spots for some of the younger Red Bulls. With both first choice cornerbacks out with injury, newcomers like Zach Carroll and Alex Bilyeu could crack the 18 or even start.

FELIPE RED CARD APPEAL?

As far as appealing Felipe’s red card, Marsch stated that New York is considering it. However, since Major League Soccer only allows two appeals per season, Marsch is weighing his options carefully.

If the Red Bulls choose not to appeal the Felipe red, an interesting opportunity arises for midfielder Sean Davis. Not only could the attack minded Davis see significant minutes on Saturday, a successful start could be the kickstart the languishing Red Bulls offense needs to get rolling consistently.

NEWS, NOTES AND QUOTES

  • Marsch on injuries galvanizing the club: “We are motivated for each other, together, better than ever” … “We are going to stick together. No matter what gets thrown at us, we are going to deal with it.”
  • On Rotating Players: “We are going to have to rotate guys. That was going to happen whether Felipe received a red card or not.”