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Injury Update: Marcucci and Vanzeir Shine; Morgan Still Recovering

photo by Matt Kremkau

by Anthony J. Merced

As preseason winds down with one game left to play, the players ready and available for Sandro Schwarz become more clear. Dante Vanzeir, who ended his 2023 with a back injury, has seemingly found the form the team hoped to get last year and goalkeeper AJ Marcucci looks ready to prove himself as an MLS goalkeeper with a solid performance on Wednesday.

While there are positives from players coming back from injury, one player who still appears to be looking for fitness is Lewis Morgan. The 2022 top scorer for the Red Bulls, saw himself on the sidelines for most of 2023. Now, in preseason, he finds himself still working towards fitness according to head coach Sandro Schwarz.

"We don't make risks for him," said Schwarz when asked if Lewis would feature in the team's last preseason game. "He's only in team training since two days. Tomorrow we have recovery training and on Friday one team session on the field. He will be there but it is too early for Saturday to get some minutes for the game."

Morgan joined New York in 2022 and quickly became a favorite both with the coaching staff and the fans. He scored 14 goals in 32 appearances for the club but only made 5 in 2023 and scored no goals. While it is concerning that he is not fit yet, the fact that he is in training and actively in soccer related activities must mean he is quickly approaching match readiness.

New York's final game in the CVI will be Saturday against the LA Galaxy. At this point it appears that the team is locked in for the first week against Nashville barring any injuries between now and next weekend. 


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