Apr 6, 2012, 4:19 PM EDT
At first glance, this is pretty bad news for the New York Red Bulls.
Midfielder Teemu Tainio and center back Wilman Conde, two thirds of the side’s preferred central, defensive triangle, have been ruled out for Saturday’s test in Columbus.
It’s New York’s third go at life on the road. How did those other two work out? Somewhere between “bad” and “fiasco.”
(Actually, not all that bad But as they were the first two games of the year, and since we’re talking about New York, the closely watched side from the land’s dominant media market, #RBNY gets judged on a different scale – for better or worse. It is what it is.)
So Saturday’s match against a Columbus team was always important. And now, manager Hans Backe seems to fighting with a shorter stick.
But is it really so dire?
Stephen Keel will presumably come back into the lineup alongside Markus Holgersson in the center of New York’s defense. Keel, a sixth-year MLS man, has established himself as a trustworthy backup. The side’s passing out of defense might suffer a bit, but Keel’s tackling and ball-winning are dependable enough.
Meanwhile, the Rafa Marquez-Dax McCarty combo in central midfield is working fine, too. That’s the way it’s been for two games, anyway, as McCarty’s busyness and ability to be an effective two-way man complements Marquez’s desire to sit deep and play-make for recessed areas.
The length of Tainio’s anticipated absence is, on the other hand, rather alarming. He could miss up to six weeks with a knee injury collected Thursday in practice.
Even there, Joel Lindpere could play the holding midfield position if needed. In fact, it might just help Lindpere shake the funk that’s dragging down his 2012 season. There’s even a chance, apparently, that Backe benches his Estonian midfielder Saturday in favor of Mehdi Ballouchy.
Mar 28, 2015, 2:50 PM EDT
Campbell was capped 73 times, and is England’s second-youngest captain. Clearly he knows that, too.
Mar 28, 2015, 1:39 PM EDT
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Mar 28, 2015, 12:54 PM EDT
Should the States’ losses in friendlies represent anything other than a concern at the lack of US youth readiness for the big stage?
Mar 28, 2015, 12:08 PM EDT
This likely comes as a surprise to Liverpool fans, as Johnson is widely treated rightly or wrongly as a scapegoat by Reds supporters.
Mar 28, 2015, 10:37 AM EDT
Does the embattled USMNT coach have a point? I’m again bracing for the comment section when I say… I think so.
Mar 28, 2015, 7:55 AM EDT
The States are 1-4 in their last five matches, all four coming on the road (Colombia, Ireland, Chile and Denmark).
Mar 27, 2015, 11:35 PM EDT
Roundup of Euro 2016 qualifying matches from Saturday.
Mar 27, 2015, 10:00 PM EDT
Both Danny Welbeck and Raheem Sterling will most likely be out of England’s friendly vs. Italy on Tuesday.
Mar 27, 2015, 8:52 PM EDT
Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahmovic buries a strange one.
Mar 27, 2015, 8:20 PM EDT
England trounced Lithuania 4-0 in a Euro qualifier for their seventh-straight win since the World Cup, and captain Wayne Rooney likes what future lies ahead for his country.
Mar 27, 2015, 6:42 PM EDT
22-year-old Ventura Alvarado asserts that he would like to play for USMNT in the long term.
Mar 27, 2015, 6:00 PM EDT
Manager Chris Coleman say Gareth Bale is only focused on the Wales’ “job in hand.”
Mar 27, 2015, 4:50 PM EDT
Suarez doesn’t think he could be classified as hooligan after his biting incidents.
Mar 27, 2015, 3:45 PM EDT
The New England Revolution have been on the losing end early in the season before.
Mar 27, 2015, 3:00 PM EDT
No first cap just yet for Kane, though he’s expected to come off the bench in the second half.
Mar 27, 2015, 1:27 PM EDT
A resounding result for the 2016 Olympics hopefuls, away from home.
Mar 27, 2015, 12:18 PM EDT
Stoke City are on the verge of their first-ever top-10 finish in the Premier League, and Mark Hughes has been rewarded for his success.
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