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RBNY team news: Two Olimpia starters to miss CCL due to visa issues; Marsch skips practice for UEFA coaching class

The Red Bulls have been stripped of all excuses for the upcoming match against CD Olimpia.

MLS: Eastern Conference Knockout Round-New York Red Bulls at Chicago Fire Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

While it has been argued that the Red Bulls might need someone to help them with their players’ international paperwork, CD Olimpia is poised to suffer severe consequences for not getting their own players’ visa issues resolved.

On Monday, sports writer Eduardo Solano reported on Twitter that due to “visa issues”, Olimpia defenders Jonathan Paz and Dabirson Castillo, along with midfielder Brayan Moya, would not be traveling to the United States for the Thursday night match.

Paz and Moya both started for Olimpia against the Red Bulls last week, with Moya converting the penalty kick that leveled the match at 1-1. Castillo was an unused sub in the match.

Author’s Note: With Olimpia deprived of two of its starters, the Red Bulls have even fewer excuses now for any bad results that may befall them on Thursday.


Somehow the Red Bulls managed to go the entire winter offseason without any rumors of head coach Jesse Marsch’s future coaching plans rearing their ugly heads. However, it seems clear that the Red Bulls boss is still letting his future get in the way of his current job.

On Monday, Kristian Dyer tweeted that Marsch missed training with the team on Monday to attend a UEFA license course. Per Dyer’s tweet, Marsch is expected to be back with the team for Tuesday’s training session.

Last year it was rumored that Marsch was set to leave New York to take up manager job with the Red Bulls’ sister club, Red Bull Salzburg. However, the rumors proved to be false as Marsch remained with the team for the duration of the 2017 MLS season. Salzburg, meanwhile, hired Marco Rose this past summer as the permanent manager.

Author’s Note: It remains unclear whether Marsch is actively seeking a UEFA coaching position and/or intending to leave the Red Bulls, but if his eagerness to get his license is taking away from vital preparation time with his team, then it seems increasingly likely that his days in Harrison are numbered.