For those who might reasonably have started to think otherwise, today brought encouraging confirmation that the New York Red Bulls are capable of good news on the subject of the fitness and availability of their players.
The doubts over Bradley Wright-Phillips' health have been cleared up:
Jesse Marsch says BWP will play tomorrow. #RBNY— Kristian Dyer (@KristianRDyer) August 12, 2016
In further good news, it would appear doubts over Omer Damari's visa status have also been settled:
And, of course, the team has Gonzalo Veron fresh off his best back-to-back performances for RBNY to date. It can also be assumed Anatole Abang and Brandon Allen - likely to be starting for NYRB II against Orlando City B - are still eligible to play for the first team if required.