Petke optimistic Miller can play for Red Bulls vs. Arsenal

by Michael Lewis on Jul.23.2014
  1. He won't know until he gets the latest medical reports, but New York Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke is hopeful that left back Roy Miller will get some playing time against Arsenal on Saturday.

    The Costa Rican international hasn't seen a second of action since he returned from the World Cup earlier this week ,with a groin injury he suffered during training in Brazil.

    Given that Petke has been forced to start, for the most part, three relatively inexperienced players across the back four over the past several games, the return of a wizened veteran on the backline would be welcomed by the second-year head coach.

    But first things first. Miller must be given the go-ahead to play. Petke has his fingers crossed.

    "I'm going to get the word. I'm on my way in now how [to see] he is going along," Petke said during a conference call with the media. "I have watched him work out the last week or so and he has looked good. So in my perfect scenario, Roy will have a part in this game against Arsenal. From there, based on how he does and how he recovers, that will give us an answer of his role in the next game. I am very hoping and very optimistic about Roy. It would be great to have him back. I'll hopefully get the initial word today and take it from there."

    If Miller plays and does well, he could be considered for selection for the Red Bulls next game -- at Real Salt Lake Wednesday, July 30.

    Miller, 29, hasn't seen any action with the Red Bulls since playing a full 90 minutes in a 5-4 loss at the Chicago Fire May 10. His last game was almost a month ago on June 24, a scoreless draw vs. England in Costa Rica's last group stage match of the World Cup.

    When Miller has played for New York, the Ticos defender has acquitted himself well with smart positioning and solid performances.

    He has played 11 games and started 10 over 869 minutes. He doesn't have a goal or an assist, but does have one yellow card.

    Miller rejoined the team on July 9, but was unavailable for matches against the Columbus Crew, Philadelphia Union and San Jose Earthquakes.

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