Red Bulls coach undergoes surgery
It was cholecystitis all along.
The stomach pains that forced Red Bulls head coach Hans
Backe to miss last Saturday’s 1-0 victory away to the Seattle Sounders were diagnosed
by doctors as cholecystitis, commonly known as an inflammation of the
gallbladder. After consulting with doctors, including the team’s
internist, he underwent a procedure to remove his gallbladder on Monday
In a club statement, the Red Bulls say they expect the
58-year-old to make a full recovery in the coming weeks.
Backe made the trip to Seattle but stayed in his hotel room
after a visit to a local Seattle hospital. Sporting Director and GM Erik Soler provided him text
updates throughout the match. The team was led on the field by assistant coach Richie Williams against
the Sounders last weekend.
The Red Bulls play next away to Chivas USA on Saturday afternoon; however, the club did not mention who would be in
charge of the team while Backe is on the mend.
“In his absence, the squad will be managed by our
experienced coaching staff,” the statement read.