New York Red Bulls have options in the defense following the injury to Aaron Long and Andres Reyes will get his chance according to head coach Gerhard Struber. The Colombian defender has not played for the first team yet but was one of the initial pieces required in the rebuild of the club following the departure of Tim Parker.
"Andres (Reyes) is ready," said Struber about his young defender. "He showed me this week, one more step in the right direction. We will give him the shot on Saturday for the first time to show us what he can."
New York are on the road this Saturday against the New England Revolution, a team that has notoriously given the Red Bulls troubles, especially at Gillette Stadium. Reyes will be coming into a club that is still going through pains as they figure out their permanent squad. More than likely, he will play along side Sean Nealis, another defender who is still finding his way in the first team in 2021.
Reyes himself has seen minutes but with the USL Championship New York Red Bulls II. He was on the field for the team's second game of the season, a 1-1 draw against veteran club Charleston Battery. Reyes showed well and, according to Struber, has impressed in training.
While Reyes will get his chance, it is also apparent that New York will look for a more long term replacement in the open market. Struber was honest about the team's need for leadership and that all avenues will be explored both inside and outside the club.
"We have to look outside also for a replacement," said Struber. "Everyone knows that. We've had good discussions in that direction this week. We have to search for a profile like Aaron Long."