Tainio Ready for Chivas, Robinson Injured, Miller not Golden

Backe said that the Costa Rica national team has notified the Red Bulls that they will not take left back Roy Miller as part of the Gold Cup squad, but do plan to include the player into their plans for this summer’s Copa America.

Good news for the team that Miller isn't going to the Gold Cup, the defense will almost certainly be without the services of Ream and Marquez. Having one more experienced man in the back four will be crucial when the team is without almost all of its talent during the Gold Cup. The back four during the Gold Cup will certainly be a rag-tag group, it should be painful to watch them try to move the ball as well as Ream and Marquez do.

"Looks like the same injury as last year," Backe said, noting that Robinson missed nearly two months of 2010 with a knee injury.
"Probably the same team [but] Teemu [Tainio] will be back," Backe said. "He’s been training Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday."

There is no good time for any player to get injured but Craig Robinson's injury came at a relatively good time. It is a shame that the veteran Welsh midfielder finds himself injured again, but Teemu Tainio looks like he is on the mend and ready to play against Chivas which means the starting eleven will be back to it was when the club looked its best. Luke Rodgers will also be good to go against Chivas, he didn't play against the Montreal Impact in the friendly earlier this week so that he could rest.

The attack should also benefit from the return of Luke Rodgers, who did not travel on Wednesday for the friendly with what the player called a "dead leg."

"Luke was just resting," Backe said. "Luke will be ready."

Backe also downplayed Rodgers' comments about Landon Donovan of the LA Galaxy, "I don’t bother, in a way, I don’t think it was too bad," Backe said. "That’s the kind of character he is." Which translates to, "He's a fucking hooligan, what did you expect him to say?"

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