Gonzalo Veron, Gideon Baah and Ronald Zubar are all listed as week-to-week, according to Red Bulls' Communications Specialist Eric Giacometti (March 23). Their injuries are "significant," according to head coach Jesse Marsch (March 23).
All three left New York's game against Houston with hamstring injuries. None would be able to play this week, if the Red Bulls did not have a bye, Giacometti said (March 23).
According to Giacometti, midfielder/defender Amobi Okugo is in camp with the team.
Okugo last played with Orlando and Sporting Kansas City last season. In 18 games, he started 10 and tallied one assist. From 2010-2014, Okugo played with Philadelphia, starting 31 games for them in 2014.
New York does not have a game until April 1, against New England.
Aaron Bauer, SNY.tv:
With Baah and Zubar battling injuries it makes sense for the Red Bulls to bring in Okugo in for a trial. Okugo is a six-year MLS veteran who can play both center-back and defensive midfielder. He is still only 25 and would be a nice addition to any MLS bench after being released by Sporting Kansas City at the end of the 2015 season.
The Red Bulls currently have 27 players on their roster meaning they could add Okugo without having to release anyone. Baah and Zubar are reportedly week-to-week, meaning the only healthy center-backs remaining are Karl Ouimette and draft picks Zach Carroll and Justin Bilyeu. Ouimette came on as a substitute against Houston after Baah and Zubar went down, and the Red Bulls shifted left-back Kemar Lawrence to center-back on an emergency basis for the end of that game. Both Carroll and Bilyeu could be spending a majority of the 2016 season with New York Red Bulls II in USL, bolstering Okugo's chances of getting signed.