RBNY Notebook: Bouna back; Rodgers & Henry?

Coundoul to retake nets vs. SJ; Nielsen may return soon as well

UPPER MONTCLAIR, N.J. – Luke Rodgers partnered with Thierry Henry up top in the starting XI against the reserves at New York Red Bulls training on Thursday, perhaps a sign that Hans Backe
would like to partner the Englishman and the Frenchman together in a game
sometime soon.

Rodgers is a fast, highly mobile player who plays with an
impressive engine. The former Notts County player starting would relegate fan favorite Juan Agudelo to
the bench, but Backe sees a lot of competition up top.

“It’s very even between the guys,” the head coach said.

Bouna Time: After starting the past two games in place of goalkeeper
Greg Sutton, who has been sidelined with a concussion, Bouna Coundoul will once
again get the nod this Saturday against San Jose. (7:30 pm ET, Direct Kick and MatchDay Live)

“Bouna still,” Backe said. “[Greg] will probably need a couple more
sessions.”

Danish Delight: Injured for the majority of his time last year
since signing last spring, former Danish U-21 Brian Nielsen appears to be
closing in on full fitness.

Nielsen finally has recovered from his knee surgery and
sporting director Erik Solér said he anticipates the left-footer to “begin training
in 10 days.” The winger will head to Denmark shortly to clear up his visa
situation.

“He was loaned to us last year," Solér
said "It will be a new loan deal.”

Summer Travel: Recent reports that the Red Bulls will participate in
the Emirates Cup in England this summer aren’t backed up by comments from Solér,
who declined to comment on the rumor for the time being.

The team has been linked to a European tournament played on
the continent for more than a month and Solér indicated two weeks ago that major news on the topic was forthcoming.

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