The manner in which New York City FC lost to the Philadelphia Union was embarrassing enough. Unfortunately, the Bronx Blues will have a hard time putting such a poor game in the rear-view as they prepare to do battle with the New York Red Bulls in the final scheduled Hudson River Derby of the season on Wednesday.
Obviously, Ronald Matarrita will be ineligible for the contest following his dumb and reckless challenge on Philadelpia’s Ilsinho. However, according to Glenn Crooks, both Alex Callens and Jesus Medina sustained injuries in Saturday’s matchup and will miss action this Wednesday.
In addition to Matarrita (red card suspension) both Medina (hamstring) and Callens (knee) will miss #HudsonRiverDerby next Wed. #NYCFC #RBNY #NYCvRBNY— Glenn Crooks (@GlennCrooks) August 19, 2018
That isn’t all, either. According to manager Domé Torrent, City will also continue to be without the services of newest addition Valentin Castellanos, who received an injury in training some time last week.
Valentein Castellanos will miss at least another 10-12 days with his injury, Torrent said in pregame interview. #NYCFC— Christian Araos (@Christian_Araos) August 19, 2018
So, that is four very important players that will be forced to miss what is arguably NYCFC’s biggest game yet this season. Not good news for the Bronx Blues in the least.
Not all hope is lost, however. City can still call upon the services of Ben Sweat, Sebastien Ibeagha, and Jonathan Lewis among others to fill in the gaps as they stand right now. But even still, you’d hate to lose players of high caliber at the season’s backstretch, whether it be from terrible circumstance (Medina, Callens, etc.) or plain stupidity (Matarrita).
Here’s hoping the good guys can still pull through against our most despised rivals.