First, let me introduce myself for those who don't know me. I'm Jason Iapicco, the host of the Red Bull podcast "The Red Bull Rant". I want to thank Matt Coyne for the invitation to write for Once A Metro. I'm hoping to bring the same level of content that myself, Pat MacDonald, and Truman bring every week on the podcast.
Today, in the 2013 edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the United States and Honduras advanced to the semi-finals with wins over El Salvador (5-1) and Costa Rica (1-0) respectively. These two results provide the Red Bulls with some good and bad news.
- The Red Bulls will see the return of defensive back Roy Miller. Miller has only featured for the Bulls twice since the beginning of June, having been on international duty with Costa Rica. Miller featured for his country in both the Gold Cup and World Cup Qualifying matches. Miller should be in the lineup on Saturday when the Red Bulls host Real Salt Lake.
- The Red Bulls opponent this week will possibly be without goalkeeper Nick Rimando, who gave up 1 goal on 5 shots against El Salvador today. Rimando has featured in 2 Gold Cup matches, and his inclusion as a starter today indicates he will be the US' starting goal keeper for the semi-final and possible final matches. However, if the US fails to beat Honduras on Wednesday night, Rimando may be expected to start against New York.
- While NY gets Roy Miller back, Real Salt Lake will also get their own Costa Rician, Álvaro Saborío, back from international duty. While Saborío has not regularly appeared for Salt Lake this year, he has 4 goals scored in 8 appearances. In the last three games against New York (dating back to 2011), Saborío has been efficient, putting two in the back of the net in 201 minutes played.