We know a wee little bit more about stranded Red Bulls striker Luke Rodgers. And let me stress the “wee” in that “little bit more.”
Rodgers, the hard-charging striker and spot-on complement for Thierry Henry along the Red Bulls’ front line, remains a man without a re-entry stamp. He has yet to attend a Red Bulls preseason practice.
Rodgers went back to England for the MLS offseason; it apparently caught all parties by surprise when his visa renewal was denied (due to an unspecified issue). And so the wait began …
The Red Bulls issued a statement just minutes ago that said, essentially, “he had a meeting in London and things are moving forward, but we have no idea when No. 9 is going to hit the tube for Heathrow and a nonstop into a greater New York air field.”
I noticed on the Red Bulls pregame notes, also issued just a while ago, they have Thierry Henry and Kenny Cooper starting. I cannot imagine at this point Rodgers would be able to start Sunday at FC Dallas Stadium. But having him available off the bench – also looking somewhere between “unlikely” and “ain’t gonna happen” at this point – probably would not hurt manager Hans Backe’s feelings.
Don’t forget, Rafa Marquez is suspended for this one, so the Red Bulls are already at less than their best for Sunday.