Canada's loss is the Red Bulls' gain.
Canadian midfielder Dwayne De Rosario should return to MLS duty later this week after Panama eliminated the Canucks from the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament on Tuesday. With Canada needing a win to advance to the Gold Cup quarterfinals and receiving the lead from a successful De Rosario penalty kick, Panama forward Luis Tejada scored the equalizer in stoppage time to draw Los Canaleros level for a 1-1 result.
After the loss, De Rosario indicated on Twitter that his itinerary consists of an "early morning flight back to NY." He should return to training with the Red Bulls during their next scheduled practice session on Thursday.
Red Bulls sporting director Erik Solér indicated the club's intentions to speak with De Rosario about a contract extension to MLSsoccer.com earlier this week. Solér acknowledged the club's preference to allow De Rosario to complete his national team commitments before holding any conversations about the former Toronto FC captain's future.
“When he’s back, we will speak to him to see where he’s at and what is possible,” Solér said to MLSsoccer.com. “We hope, of course, that we can have him for more years.”
Solér intimated that he also expects New York to make another roster move in addition to inquiring about a contract extension for De Rosario, though New York will likely not add another designated player in 2011.
“I think we’re going to do a little here or there,” Solér said. “I’d be surprised if we didn’t do anything.”
It's (Still) Miller Time. Despite expectations to the contrary, Costa Rica did not select Red Bulls left back Roy Miller to join the national club for the upcoming Copa America tournament. Red Bulls coach Hans Backe expected the Ticos to select Miller after passing on him for the Gold Cup.
“From what I know the list has already been given out, and my name’s not on it,’’ Miller said to the New York Post. “From what I spoke to the club and the national team, and they didn’t want me to go to Gold Cup because we’re losing so many players, and there was the option for me to go to Copa America with the national team.
“But at the moment, the list is out and my name isn’t on it and I haven’t been contacted by anyone.’’
Miller does not believe that this omission will hurt his chances to join the Ticos for the FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifers.
We're All Day-to-Day. Backe also expressed that Joel Lindpere (ankle), Teemu Tainio (groin), and Luke Rodgers (heel) have less severe injuries than previously believed, which may allow the threesome to join the club for its match on Sunday in Portland against the expansion Timbers.
Bull Rush. After sparking speculation with news of a trialist arriving to train with the Red Bulls on Monday, the Red Bulls introduced Formula 1 racing star Sebastian Vettel -- who drives under the Red Bull racing banner -- as the mystery man. Vettel joins the ranks of celebrity MLS trialists that also includes NBA point guard Steve Nash and NFL wide receiver Chad Ochocinco.