Red Bulls Notes: Marsch Blasts Refs For Miller PK Call, Trialist Updates, Shaun-Wright Phillips, more

You won’t find New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch criticizing referees often.

However, when it comes to international competitions and his club players? The gloves are off.

Roy Miller rejoined the New York Red Bulls Monday morning after falling prey to bad officiating and a game changing call in Costa Rica’s 1-0 ouster from the Gold Cup at the hands of Mexico.

Asked about Miller’s role in the dubious penalty call that swung the match in El Tri’s favor, Marsch held nothing back.

“I felt awful for him because I thought the call was ridiculous,” he told reporters at Red Bulls training Monday afternoon. “I gave him the option. I said ‘listen, if you need the day to regroup and recover, then take it.’

“He texted back right away and said ‘no, I’ll be there tomorrow.’

“He is a good man. He is an honorable man. He has handled the situation with class,” Marsch continued. “Even being back here, I know it isn’t easy for him, but I told him this is a big family and we are all here with him.”


Temperatures will be in the low 90’s for the New York Red Bulls’ midweek U.S. Open  Cup clash against the Philadelphia Union, but field temperatures may reach as high as 100 degrees come Tuesday afternoon.

“It will be a factor,” Marsch said. “It will be hot. It won’t make life easy on either team.”

The Red Bulls went through some considerable trouble to secure their home field advantage. Protests from the Union against a change of date forced New York to either host the match in the uncomfortable midday hour or forfeit home field to their Philadelphia rivals.

New York stuck to their guns at a considerable costs. Having played Orlando on Saturday night, several first team starters will be forced to endure the hot summer temperatures in what will likely be a barren Red Bull Arena if they hope to advance.

In order to lessen that burden, the Red Bulls secured a charter flight from Orlando to alleviate travel issues and allow players to get on the ground running Monday morning.

Revealing the lineup will be a “version” of Saturday’s starting XI, Marsch promised to find “what fresh legs on the field help us.” That will include the presence of USL alumni Sean Davis amongst other bench players.



If the New York Red Bulls are negotiating with Shaun Wright-Phillips, they certainly aren’t admitting to it.

Marsch once again downplayed the presence of the former QPR winger, who began his fourth week of training with the Red Bulls Monday morning. “He’s gotten more fit. Training in this heat you get fit quick,” Marsch said, adding, “but that’s that.”

While his future remains a mystery, several other trial players and prospects will soon find out their Red Bull future.

The recently released Andrew Jean-Baptiste is renegotiating a return to New York. Meanwhile, trialists Stefano Bonomo and Oumar Ballo continue to trial with the team. Marsch said a decision would be taken on both players this week, with an eye on either the Red Bulls’ first team or their USL affiliate.

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  • Tom

    Philly is playing on the same amount of rest and they have another MLS match on the 26th. I wonder how they’ll feel about losing three games in 8 days?

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