Red Bulls Waiting To Learn Extent Of McCarty’s Injury

USA Today

Early in Sunday’s draw against the Chicago Fire, the New York Red Bulls lost something more important than two points in the standings; their captain. Dax McCarty, who tied the Red Bulls’ all-time record for most starts (Mike Petke – 158) that day, went down with a nasty-looking injury to his right leg in the 38th minute.

Fire midfielder Khaly Thiam collided with McCarty while the pair chased a 50/50 ball at midfield. The captain immediately went to ground clutching his knee and was seen pounding the ground in pain. For his part, Thiam received a yellow card. After lying on the ground with the trainers and teammates around him, McCarty very gingerly walked off the pitch to receive further treatment.

It became very clear that McCarty would need to come out as he could put no weight on the leg. Eventually, he had to be carried off by head trainer Damien Franolich and head coach Jesse Marsch to the dressing room. Sean Davies took his spot in the midfield for the duration of the match.

After the match Marsch made his feelings clear, “It was, I thought a bad tackle. One that in my mind was worthy of a red card.” He continued, “Dax is a big player, an important player, so you hope that a tackle like that doesn’t lead to a really bad injury. We’re hopeful that he’s going to be ok.” McCarty was diagnosed with a “knee contusion” after the match. However, he was supposed to undergo further testing Monday to reveal the extent of the injury.

The bad luck was nearly compounded by further injury when Luis Robles went to ground in the 30th minute. He received lengthy treatment on his left thigh before staying in and finishing the match. “He said he tweaked it a little bit on a goal kick and when he hit it with his left foot on the one he said it felt weird,” Marsch said.

The Red Bulls have their CONCACAF Champions League opening match on Wednesday when they face Antigua at Red Bull Arena (8pm). It’s unclear whether either will play that match.