New York Red Bulls defender Connor Lade (pictured) will miss the remainder of the 2016 season with an ACL injury. (Photo courtesy of the Impact de Montreal)
HARRISON, New Jersey -- The New York Red Bulls' defensive depth will be tested over the next six weeks and, perhaps, even longer.
They learned Tuesday that a pair of defenders will be out of action for a significant period of time.
Left back Connor Lade will be sidelined for the rest of the season after tearing his right ACL, while center back Damien Perrinelle – a recent returnee from a knee injury that kept him out seven months -- will miss from four to six weeks with meniscus and ankle issues.
Both injuries were suffered during the 2-2 draw at the LA Galaxy on Sunday night.
The Red Bulls will play three games within a nine-day span, hosting the Impact de Montreal (August 13) Red Bulls Saturday, traveling to El Salvador for a Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League match against Alianza (August 16) and then visiting D.C. United (August 21).
New York is already thin in the middle of its defense as Gideon Baah is out likely for the rest of the season with a broken tibia.
Captain and midfielder Dax McCarty -- one of MLS’s top holding midfielders – also has a fractured tibia.
If there are other further injuries, head coach Jesse Marsch has the option of recalling Canada international defender Karl Ouimette, who is on loan to Jacksonville Armada FC (North American Soccer League).
While not defenders, the Red Bulls' core depth has been bolstered by two new signings. Austria international midfielder Daniel Royer and Israeli national team forward Omer Damari were introduced to the local media Tuesday and could see action soon.
The Red Bulls began SCCL play with a 3-0 home victory over Guatemala’s Antigua GFC on August 3.