Yes, the Red Bulls' next game is the season's most important until the regular season comes to a close a little more than a month from now, but if we're honest with ourselves Sunday's Red Bulls-Seattle Sounders game in Seattle is the greatest among equals. If the Red Bulls win, they get a valuable lead in the Supporters' Shield race. If not, things get a bit more complicated (or they might well be out of it).
Unfortunately, it's looking like the Red Bulls will have a less than full strength roster come this weekend and only partially because of the turf.
Bradley Wright-Phillips, who came off roughly a half hour into the Dallas game, looks to have tweaked his hamstring. Head Coach Mike Petke said it'll take a "miracle" for him to play Sunday. In a less important role, Roy Miller is still nursing the Achilles injury that kept him out of Costa Rica's most recent World Cup qualifiers.
But the two biggest losses for the Red Bulls look to be Jamison Olave and Thierry Henry. Petke wouldn't rule either out on a conference call Monday, calling them "big question marks," but none of the press corps seems to think the two will be anything scratches.
Petke did seem more definite on Olave, telling the press he has to listen to team doctors when evaluating if he should play or not. For Henry, Petke qualified most of his statements, saying he hasn't spoken to him yet and that he "wouldn't 100 percent rule him out."
So what I'm saying is there's a chance.
But I doubt it's a very big one.