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June 3, 2014
McCarty out of Revs game, probably from Cosmos as well

Dax McCarty took "a pretty vicious hit" to his knee during the Sporting Kansas City game, coach Mike Petke said.
Dax McCarty took "a pretty vicious hit" to his knee during the Sporting Kansas City game, coach Mike Petke said.
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By Michael Lewis Editor

Scratch Red Bulls central midfielder Dax McCarty from Sunday's game at the New England Revolution with a knee injury.

In fact, McCarty probably will miss the Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup game against the New York Cosmos on June 14.

Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke confirmed Tuesday afternoon that McCarty had suffered an injury during the team's 1-1 draw at Sporting Kansas City on May 27, although he admitted he did not know how severe it was.

"Dax took a pretty bad knock to his knee," said Petke, who added McCarty got "a pretty vicious hit" from another knee or shin.

"He actually made it through the game, played through the pain. had had an MRI on his knee and the situation looks like a couple of weeks."

McCarty wasn't available to be asked for a comment, but he did convey his feelings via twitter.

"Bummed Im missing a few games but thankful the injury wasnt worse," he tweeted. "Time to get the body right!"

During his weekly conference call with the Red Bulls media, Petke said he was waiting for the doctor's report.

"For me to say that he has a break or for me to say that he has a sprain it would just be me guessing," Petke said a little after 2 p.m. "I get the report after practice and the doctor hasn't come in yet. That's why i am still waiting for him. but it is significant enough that early indications, MRI state that he will be not in the New England game and most likely not in the Cosmos game."

McCarty will have several weeks to heal. After the Cosmos game, the Red Bulls won't have to play again until they meet Toronto FC on June 27.

"If it was ever going to happen, this probably the best time with the World Cup break coming," Petke said.

McCarty's injury will leave the Red Bulls without their two most experienced and best central midfielders, especially when it comes to defending. Tim Cahill is with the Australian national team at the World Cup in Brazil and won't be back until the end of the month at the earliest.

Eric Alexander and Peguy Luyindula would be the most likely players to step into those roles against New England and the Cosmos.
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