New York Red Bulls midfielder Dane Richards suffered a right MCL sprain just 11 minutes into the Red Bulls’ 1-0 scrimmage loss to the Red Bull Salzburg reserves on Monday. Team trainer Rick Guter diagnosed the injury as an MCL sprain but stated that the club should know more about the injury on Tuesday.
Richards suffered the injury in what turned out to be a testy and ugly exhibition that bore little resemblence to the kind of match you would expect from two teams with the same owner. Ugly tackles and shoving matches were the order of the day in a exhibition that litte insight into where the Red Bulls stand.
Salzburg midfielder Harald Pichler did the dirty work, sliding recklessly into Richards as both were near the sideline at midfield. The tackle earned Pichler a yellow card. Richards came back on the field after receiving some treatment but was unable to continue.
The match went into halftime scoreless, with the Red Bulls creating the better chances in the first 45 minutes. Both teams made wholesale substitutions, with Salzburg heading home a free kick for the match’s only goal.
I will provide more details on the match shortly.