The loss of Danleigh Borman, an effective midfield and defensive depth option, left the Red Bulls with no other choice but to run Roy Miller and Joel Lindpere into the ground last year.
This year looks no different. With Brian Nielsen far from game shape (and trialing mind you), Lindpere looks to be in for another 34 game season.
And Roy Miller? His late season injury last season exposed just how brittle the defense can become without him. Unless Backe plans on converting either Borrajo or Lade for the position, there doesn’t seem to be an option there. Even the teams preseason roster in Mexico is barren of options.
The team is getting older, and the season, longer. Bench options at both of these positions will be a must, especially during the grueling summer months.