As the New York Red Bulls prepare for their big second leg match at Red Bull Arena against DC United, you can feel it between the games that DC wants to try and get some form of revenge as they played their worst playoff match in their history with zero shots on goal.
But before Dax McCarty scored that big goal to get ahead of DC United on the Aggregate two issues came up very quickly at the start of the second half & a few minutes before the goal was scored. The first five minutes of the second half was terrible to watch as everyone saw French center back Damien Perrinelle on the ground in pain and knew what was confirmed.
After challenging for the ball in the air and coming straight down, Perrinelle’s left knee buckled as it landed and fell down right on the field at RFK clutching it in pain. He gave the sign for a substitution right away when the trainer came over and that signaled to Jesse Marsch to bring on Ronald Zubar.
After Playing in twenty-eight games and starting twenty-seven of them with two goals, it’s a tough break for a man who only got a few games in the CONCACAF Champions League last season and showed Jesse Marsch why he is such a solid player in the pre-season to get the start at Center Back.
“Well everybody knows what happened to my knee, it’s sad and bad news but I’m already looking forward for next Season and hope the guys will be ready to take care of business. The process hopefully will take five to six or seven months. It will depend on the evolution of my left knee; I had the same issue with my right knee and it took that long.
I knew something was wrong (When I hit the ground) but I am still alive and I will be supporting Jesse and everybody & I will be the first fan to make sure they do a good job.”
But there was better news coming from the MLS Disciplinary Committee when Zubar made a challenge for the ball on DC United’s Markus Halsti and got booked for it in the 69th minute. As everyone saw Zubar make a challenge for the ball and it looked as though he was going to get sent off for getting Halsti, but referee Fotis Bozakos decided to give a yellow card and keep him in the match.
DC United of course called the league’s Disciplinary Committee for a suspension and instead the league said no. While that is not good news for DC United Head Coach Ben Olsen, it is a huge sigh of relief for the Red Bulls who only have one more center back on their roster and that former Montreal Impact and Repentigny, Quebec man Karl Ouimette who will probably be on the substitute’s bench for the remainder of the playoffs.
While there is plenty of positives for the Red Bulls that Zubar will be available for the second leg and pair up with young Matt Miazga, there is some sadness that Perrinelle will not be able to suit up for the rest of the playoffs and his only goal now is to try and get ready for the 2016 regular season. But once again when there is an injury the next man up has to come in and step up his game and we shall see if Zubar & Miazga can find a way to keep the referee’s book off their minds while doing a job against DC United at Red Bull Arena.