Zubar, Lawrence “Close to Game Ready,” Veron, Baah Not

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by RUSS McKENZIE

With the Red Bulls coming off their fourth scoreless loss in five matches, relief could be on the way.

Jesse Marsch addressed the media aftr training before heading out to the West Coast for a Wednesday match vs the San Jose Earthquakes, revealing relief could be on the way.

“Kemar (Lawrence) is looking close to game ready. Ronald Zubar is looking close to game ready, as well. So they may factor in on Wednesday,” Marsch said. “We’ll have to get through the next couple of days and see how they’re doing.”

That’s welcome news for the Red Bulls defenders. Over the course of the first five matches this season, New York has allowed 11 goals, and scored only three. With the beleaguered backline, clubs have been content to get a lead, sit back, and score opportunistic goals by catching Red Bulls players out of position.

Marsch also was hopeful about recovery time for Gideon Baah and Gonzalo Veron. However, neither player will be available on this current road trip.

“Gideon and Gonzalo both on the field again, moving around, and close to training. We’re hopeful that after we get through these next two games they’ll start to become available,” Marsch stated.

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  • MTF

    I’d be very cautious of bringing these guys back to early. They played Veron too early after his preseason hamstring injury and he lasted all of 30 minutes. Lawrence came back from international play supposedly having picked up an injury; I was surprised he was starting the next game and, surprise, he gets injured. 1-4 stinks, but find a way to grind out a few results and don’t bring guys back until fully fit.