Red Bull Perrinelle Out Sunday

New York Red Bulls defender Damien Perrinelle (55) holds his face in his hands after he left the game with an injury during the second half of an MLS playoff soccer match against the D.C. United, at RFK Stadium, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, in Washington. New York won 1-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Image: AP Photo/Alex Brandon

New York Red Bulls Damien Perrinelle Likely to Miss Second Playoff Leg

D.C. United also want teammate Ronald Zubar Suspended

One of the oldest and fiercest rivalries in Major League Soccer keeps growing and adding drama and excitement to the MLS.  This time, a tale of two Red-Bull French defenders…

This time it’s about the two I-95 rivals: D.C. United and New York Red Bulls, the sides are starting to battle the second leg of the MLS playoffs a few days before kickoff.

New York’s fantastic defense was a big part of their 1-0 win at D.C. United this past Sunday in the first leg of the MLS playoff semifinals.

Not surprisingly, recent events have got all eyes set on New York’s defensive back, with injury and controversy surrounding the next playoff leg to kick off this Sunday, November 8th at New York Red Bulls.

About five minutes into the second half of the match last Sunday, Red Bulls’ French defender Damien Perrinelle suffered a knee injury on a challenge and was stretchered off the pitch.  Perrinelle is expected to undergo tests this week, but is likely to miss the second leg of the MLS playoffs this Sunday.

Teammate and countrymen Ronald Zubar, who also happens to be a key component of the New York Red Bulls’ defense is stirring controversy nowadays due to his harsh foul on the 69th minute of last Sunday’s match.

Zubar aggressively dived into the legs of D.C. United’s Markus Halsti and brought the Finnish international down in a dangerous tackle. Getting away with a yellow card only, D.C. appealed to the Major League Soccer disciplinary committee in a request to suspend Zubar from the upcoming second leg of the MLS playoff semifinals.

The committee elected not to enforce any disciplinary measures retroactively, not a fine nor suspension.

“It looked as if he got the ball, and yes it was an aggressive challenge, but you can argue that it wasn’t even a foul because I believe he got the ball” said Red Bulls’ Head Coach Jesse Marsch.