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Red Bulls update: Hello Charleston


The Red Bulls are in South Carolina for the Charleston Cup and will play the Charleston Battery tonight in the first of three matches in the coming week.

A few tidbits:

Juan Carlos Osorio is not with the team. He is in South America scouting players this weekend. As SBI reported during the week, Osorio has stated that he has two international players lined up to be signed before the end of the MLS transfer period (April 15) but the club is hoping to land another South American-based player. Argentina and Colombia are the likely destinations for Osorio this weekend.

Those of you wondering about Lider Marmol’s "serious" hamstring injury, as I mentioned on Friday, the injury didn’t look that serious based on what he was doing in training. Want more proof? Here’s a picture from Charleston:

That’s Marmol training in Charleston, though to be fair this may just be some conditioning work between him and Chris Leitch, who is also recovering from a groin injury. Marmol was injured, but he has either made a miraculous recovery or it wasn’t as serious as first reported.

And no, there is still no word on Marmol’s status in MLS and whether the Chicago Fire are ready to make an actual contract offer for the Paraguayan midfielder.

Those of you who want to watch tonight’s match against Charleston are in luck. The match will be aired live at 8:15pm on So yes, it will be your first chance to see the Red Bulls play this year (unless you’ve seen one of their scrimmages in person.

How will you pick between the US-Honduras Olympic qualifier and the Red Bulls game? Assuming you’re at home and can watch the Red Bulls online I would recommend you TIVO the Olympic qualifier.  If you are a computer junkie you could do a split monitor and watch US-Honduras on ESPN360. Don’t have ESPN360? My condolences.

I will be having running commentaries on both the US-Honduras match (my commentary) and Red Bulls-Charleston (your commentary) so check back in tonight if you’re going to be around and following the matches.

What will you be looking to see from the Red Bulls tonight? Want to see Claudio Reyna as a playmaker? Want to see Oscar Echeverry work some magic? Curious to see just how good rookies Luke Sassano and Eric Brunner are?

Share your thoughts below


  1. aristotle: I think Ives is trying to say that Osorio manipulated the report of a small injury to a player he wants to sign in order to dissuade a rival team who has a claim on same from doing so.

    Usually preliminary injury reports minimize the damage assessment; in this case, surprisingly, a severe injury turned out to be relatively minor. The player, the coach, and the club had every reason here to exaggerate the impact of the situation. Even if Marmol still is injured, obviously he’s able to do more than light jogging.

  2. So, Juan Quisling has gone Pat Reilly on Red Bull. Fire fans thank him at least for the scouting he did while he was with us. That appears to have been sincere at least.

  3. hey guys, i will be recording the RBNY game off for those of you who will miss it, it will be available from me. i will post a link after the game is finished.

  4. So Ives, what exactly are you trying to say about Marmol?

    Steve: Did you watch the two U.S. qualifying games? If you did I’m not sure why your having a hard time choosing.

  5. Ives, the top picture, who is that to the right? My first thought is Sinisa (or maybe Parke), if it is Sinisa he looks like he came back in much better shape.

  6. i want the game to start with contract signings . . . and as line ups are introduced, one by one, Marmol, Etchy, Brunner, Sassano . . . they all ink their contracts with the Metro Bulls and are then recipients of Claudio Reyna break out passes for goals throughout the night – even Brunner.

    thats what i want to see.

    but in reality, I am most interested in Reyna and Conway.


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