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Good afternoon folks. I’m back from Red Bulls practice and have some updates for you on Claudio Reyna, Hunter Freeman, Dane Richards and Andrew Boyens.
Red Bulls captain Claudio Reyna took part in training on Thursday and looks like a safe bet to be in the starting lineup for Sunday’s match against San Jose. Reyna sat out training earlier in the week with a knee injury suffered in the team’s 1-1 tie vs. New England on Saturday.
Red Bulls defender Hunter Freeman and midfielder Dane Richards also took part in training as they work their ways back from lengthy injuries. Freeman thinks he is far enough along to potentially be available as a substitute in Thursday’s match against Toronto. Richards is still probably two weeks away.
Free agent defender Andrew Boyens has shown some good form during his trial with the Red Bulls but it remains to be seen whether he will merit a contract. The Red Bulls would have to waive a player on the current 18-man senior roster in order to make room for Boyens.
One thing Osorio made clear as that the club can sign Boyens if it wants to and doesn’t foresee another team standing in the way. When asked jokingly if some team in the league might not pull out a mysterious discovery claim on Boyens, Osorio put his head down, put his hand to his brow and said with a smile, "I hope not."
Osorio also mentioned tht he expected to rotate his squad between Sunday’s match against San Jose and Thursday’s match against Toronto FC. Just how much of a rotation there can be with the team’s lack of depth remains to be seen, but it could lead to players like Mike Magee, Eric Brunner and Chris Megaloudis receiving their first starts of the season.
Chris Leitch’s poor display on New England’s equalizing goal isn’t going to earn him a place in the Red Bulls doghouse. Osorio stated unequivocally that he held no grudges against Leitch and that Leitch is a good pro on and off the field who will be in consideration to start on Sunday.
So what lineup might we see against San Jose? Here is my guess three days from kickoff:
Van Den Bergh——Magee—————Sassano
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