|photo by Matt Kremkau
by Anthony J. Merced
New York Red Bulls goalkeeper A.J. Marcucci suffered a hamstring injury that has required surgery and will miss the remainder of the season according to the team. Marcucci has spent most of the campaign with New York Red Bulls II of MLS Next Pro and suffered the injury while playing against Columbus Crew 2 last weekend.
Marcucci, a 2021 MLS Superdraft pick for the Red Bulls, signed an MLS contract that year but has yet to make more than substitute appearance for the first team. Instead, the 23 year-old has played 53 games for the second team in the USL Championship from 2021 thru 2022 and now in MLS Next Pro.
The loss will surely have an affect on New York Red Bulls II's ability to qualify for the 2023 playoffs and give the first team one less body in case of injury later in the MLS campaign.