The hits just keep on coming.
The New York Red Bulls have had their 2016 season repeatedly disrupted by injuries. For the game against LA Galaxy, captain Dax McCarty watched from the bench, his crutches at his feet, as he rehabs a knock expected to keep him out of action until at least mid-September. Aurelien Collin was in the 18, but on the bench, still nursing the bang he took in RBNY's midweek outing in CCL.
Starting left back Kemar Lawrence was enjoying just his second start since returning from an injury that had kept him sidelined since June.
This is a typical situation for RBNY this season. All that changes are the names. It seems there is almost never a fully, or even mostly, fit squad for Jesse Marsch to choose from.
All teams have injury issues. These things happen. A club must simply get on with the business of picking lineups and trying to win games. But that business gets progressively harder when the injuries never seem to let up.
Against LA, Marsch never had a chance to implement whatever tactical adjustments he might have had in mind as the game progressed. By the 32nd minute, he'd had to bring Collin and Sal Zizzo off the bench in like-for-like swaps just to keep his back line fully staffed. Damien Perrinelle and Connor Lade limped off.
Almost as soon as the second half started, Bradley Wright-Phillips was done. On came Gonzalo Veron, and that was the end of Marsch's ability to influence the game with fresh legs.
Now the game is over, RBNY's particular grievances with the result are well documented, and the team must push on to the last 10 games of its regular season and the rest of its CONCACAF Champions League campaign.
The concern is it may have to do a lot of that pushing without the key players forced off the field in LA.
While the team was still waiting for formal diagnoses of the players' respective conditions, Jesse Marsch was glum in his post-match press conference.
It doesn't look good. It's hard to speculate right now, but both are going to be out for a while. Perrinelle and Lade.
And top-scorer BWP is also a concern.
Bradley is...for Brad to take himself out of the game...he never does that. I mean, he's never, since I've been here, ever taken himself out of a game or training. So I doubt that that one is very good either. I mean we're hopeful that one isn't on the same level as Damien and Connor and Dax and...
And then the head coach of the New York Red Bulls simply sighed.
There is not, indeed, a lot more to say. The Red Bulls are banged up. And all they can do is hope for the best.