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Damien Perrinelle to miss rest of playoffs

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Down a starting center back is never a good thing.

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Damien Perrinelle landed on his left leg awkwardly during the second half of the New York Red Bulls' playoff match against D.C. United. He immediately clutched his knee, and when being carried off the field, could be seen with his head in his hands. We all knew that meant nothing good for the Red Bulls.

Today, it was confirmed by the team that Perrinelle will be out for the rest of the playoffs. The team did not specify the nature of the injury but that's not the important part. What is important is that Perrinelle heals up for next season. Then it's what is going to happen with the Red Bulls.

With Perrinelle out, the team must rely on Matt Miazga and Ronald Zubar at center back. The issue is that both players are carrying a yellow into the second leg. Picking up a yellow will trigger an automatic one game suspension. If they manage to get through Leg 2 without picking one up, they'll need to repeat that feat in Leg 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, if the team advances. Thankfully if they make it to Leg 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, a yellow then won't trigger a suspension.

Waiting on the bench is Karl Ouimette, and possibly Roy Miller, if needed to fill a spot. Perrinelle's injury puts the team is a massive spot, as they need all hands on deck for what is shaping to be a tough road to MLS Cup.