Japanese defender sustained concussion against Sporting Kansas City.
New York Red Bulls’ defender Kosuke Kimura will miss the game at Crew Stadium with a concussion he sustained against Sporting Kansas City last Saturday, say MLSsoccer. Red Bulls coach MIke Petke has said he is 100% sure the Japanese defender, who also perforated an eardrum, will not be fit for the match, possibly longer.
“He’s going to be treated by way of the MLS protocol of concussions, which is individual cases and day-to-day,” Petke said. “I will say 100 percent he will not be involved in the Columbus game and I can’t give anything as far as past that because it really has to do with how responds and how his symptoms are.
“It was obviously a pretty vicious knock, but I’ve seen Kosuke and he’s in good spirits. When something like that happens and a stretcher is brought out on the field, it’s definitely a scary thing. I was a bit taken aback by it but he seems in good spirits and, like I said, it’s going to be a day-to-day thing with him.”
The Red Bulls had requested that MLS look at the challenge on Kimura, which left the Red Bulls to see out the win with 10 men, a win which that moved them into first place in the Eastern Conference. The MLS Disciplinary Committee, however, ruled against handing out a retroactive suspension to Sinovic, which Petke has accepted.
“The response we got is that they reviewed it and they saw nothing wrong,” said Petke. “I know the amount of time the Disciplinary Committee put in to look at plays like that, so I respect their decision and we move on.”
“I don’t think Sinovic is a dirty player, I don’t think Kansas City is a dirty team. I think they’re a very tough team and they’re a very quality team, so no sour grapes here and no accusing here whatsoever.”