Red Bulls midfielder Dane Richards will miss four to six weeks after being diagnosed with a hip flexor strain. Richards suffered the injury during the Red Bulls’ 2-2 tie vs. Los Angeles tonight.
Richards missed the first six weeks of the season with a torn meniscus suffered in pre-season, but had been playing well in recent weeks, providing a speedy threat on the right flank.
The news is a big blow for a Red Bulls squad that just added Venezuelan midfielder Jorge Rojas, who made a successful debut in the team’s 2-2 tie vs. LA on Saturday. Now with Richards sidelined, the Red Bulls attack will once again be short-handed.
With Richards sidelined, Hunter Freeman and Luke Sassano will compete for the vacant spot in the starting lineup on the right flank.
In other Red Bulls news, the Red Bulls released forward Ricky Schramm. The move frees up a developmental player slot on the team’s roster.