Foxborough, MA (SportsNetwork.com) – Red Bull New York will have a somewhat depleted squad when it heads to Gillette Stadium to take on the New England Revolution on Sunday.
The Red Bulls will be without several key players for a multitude of reasons.
Thierry Henry’s absence was already known due to the Frenchman’s opposition to artificial playing surfaces, while Roy Miller and Tim Cahill have been away from the Red Bulls due to their respective World Cup efforts.
But New York was dealt a major blow during the week when it learned that midfield stalwart Dax McCarty would be unable to go due to a knee injury suffered in the club’s last outing, a 1-1 draw at Sporting Kansas City on May 27.
“Dax took a pretty bad knock to his knee,” Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke told reporters via conference call on Tuesday. “He actually made it through the game, played through the pain. We have an MRI on his knee, and the situation looks like a couple of weeks.”
The absences do not come at an opportune time for the Red Bulls, who are winless in their last four league outings.
New England, by comparison, has been surging of late but stumbled in a 2-0 loss at the Montreal Impact last weekend.
The Revs entered that clash on a run that saw them produce a 6-1-1 record in eight games and score a total of 21 goals.
But after the disappointing result at the Stade Saputo, New England is eager to get back to winning ways.
“I think we want to get back after it,” defender Andrew Farrell told the club’s official website. “I think a lot of the guys didn’t want to take any days off – they wanted to get back after it, work hard and have Sunday come along against a really good New York team.”
Sunday will be New England’s final league match before a 20-day hiatus to accommodate the group stage of the World Cup, and midfielder Kelyn Rowe is keen to go into the break on a high note.
“You can’t turn back around that next week and make up for it (if you lose), so for us it’s obviously one that’s going to stick in our mind for a while,” the midfielder told New England’s official website. “You have two weeks off after, so put it all on the line, wear your heart on your sleeve and go out and play.”