Reporting for MSG, Kristian Dyer advises New York Red Bulls defender Connor Lade is a “game-time decision” - per head coach Jesse Marsch - regarding his potential participation in the team’s April 9 MLS match against Orlando City.
Lade missed the team’s Wednesday training session, so it is at least encouraging that he’s close enough to recovered from the knock he took playing Houston Dynamo on April 1 that he has reached the end of the week with some chance of being selected to play in Orlando.
No word, it would seem, on the squad’s other mid-week absentee from training. Aurelien Collin had to be subbed out against Houston, and had missed both RBNY’s Tuesday and Wednesday training sessions in the build-up to the Orlando game. Take that as a sign of his likely absence from the match-day squad on April 9, or simply as a clue to the next surprise announcement the Red Bulls will make an hour or so before kick-off.
The team is currently on a three-game streak of late-breaking roster news. Kemar Lawrence missed RBNY’s game in Seattle - a fact revealed shortly before starting lineups were announced. Mike Grella’s longer-term injury wasn’t made public until kick-off against Real Salt Lake was looming. And Fredrik Gulbrandsen’s absence from the team to play Houston didn’t come to light until just before the lineup for that match was published.
Gulbrandsen, incidentally, is good to go, per Seeing Red Daily.