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NEW YORK RED BULLS

July 8, 2014
HE KNOWS THE WAY TO SAN JOSE
Injured Miller allowed to be honored with Costa Rican teammates


By Michael Lewis
BigAppleSoccer.com Editor

Roy Miller won't be with the Red Bulls for this Saturday's home game against the Columbus Crew.

He has a pretty decent excuse. He is sporting a muscle injury to his left leg, which keep the left back out of the Costa Rican lineup for its World Cup quarterfinal encounter against the Netherlands. The Ticos played the Dutch tough through 120 scoreless minutes, but the European side prevailed in penalty kicks to advance to Wednesday's semifinal encounter against Argentina.

Still, the Ticos returned home to San Jose as conquering heroes for reaching the quarters for the very first time in their World Cup history. Miller went along with the team to partake in the memorable celebration.

"Roy has a slight injury which we’re going to monitor as soon as he gets in," Red Bulls coach Mike Petke said in his weekly conference call with the media Tuesday. Obviously with Costa Rica’s success in the World Cup, they have some big festivities back in Costa Rica so we allowed him to go back there for a day or two to be involved with that. I think that’s important.

"If he was 100 percent healthy and ready to go, I think not only from our standpoint but from his standpoint things would have been different. But being that he wouldn’t be available this weekend do to his injury, I think it was very important and a once in lifetime thing for him to be able to go back there from Brazil with the rest of the team and be honored like they’re going to be honored.

"He’s not here right now. He’ll be here in a couple of days and he won’t be available this weekend."

 
 
 
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