Newly acquired defender Wilman Conde, who suffered a thigh injury in the early stages of the third match against Los Angeles in the Desert Diamond Cup, is improving his chances of returning to the pitch sooner rather than later. As the Red Bulls head into Sunday's home opener against the Colorado Rapids (4pm ET, ESPN/ESPN Deportes), they may be doing so with the option of including the six-foot-two Colombian.
“He will probably be available,” Head Coach Hans Backe said Tuesday following the team's training session at Montclair State University. “Let’s see how he responds. He trained this weekend with eight, ten guys. Now we have a lot of sessions before the Sunday game.”