Jesse Marsch on Kaku (above): “We’ll have to throw him out there from the start soon. He’s an important guy and the only way to get him fit is to get him on the field and integrate him into our tactics.” (Photo by Matthew Levine)

By Michael Lewis

FrontRowSoccer.com Editor

Sooner or later, the Red Bulls will have to throw Alejandro Romero Gamarra into the deep end of the pool and give the midfielder his first start.

It probably will happen a bit later than sooner as the Red Bulls play at Tijuana in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals Tuesday night.

Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch told reporters over the weekend that the man known as Kaku is “probably not” ready to start.

But …

“We’ll have to throw him out there from the start soon,” Marsch continued. “He’s an important guy and the only way to get him fit is to get him on the field and integrate him into our tactics.”

Gamarra played about a half hour with Red Bulls II in Arizona and came on for the final 24 minutes of the 2-0 win over Olimpia in the CCL Round of 16 at Red Bull Arena Thursday.

Regardless, Gamarra is on a fast curve learning the Red Bulls’ tactics.

Marsch said he spent 20 minutes on video with Kaku one morning over the weekend.

“We’re trying to communicate with him in ways to help him and fully understand,” he said. “He has a natural vibrancy to his personality. He’s excited. He wants information. He soaks it up. He loves being here; the kind of guys you want. So far it’s been really good with him. He feels he has been here for a long time already.”