Kaku is eligible to return to action with the Red Bulls next Saturday. (Keith Furman/FrontRowSoccer.com)

By Michael Lewis

FrontRowSoccer.com Editor

HARRISON, N.J. — Not only was Kaku left out of the Red Bulls’ Starting 11, he did not make the 18-man roster for Saturday’s game.

Instead, the playmaking midfielder could only watch the team’s 4-1 comeback victory over the San Jose Earthquakes at Red Bull Arena.

Red Bulls head coach Chris Armas said that Kaku was benched due to “a minor internal issue.”

“Look, I’m going to make one comment and I’ll probably go back to this in a simple way every time,” Armas said in the postgame press conference. “I’m not going to speak about that more than what I’ll say right now, which we had a minor internal issue. We dealt with that quickly. It’s nothing to talk about or discuss here.

“Yeah, that was it, and I’ll say that we’re — nothing changes our feeling with — other than that, with that. I don’t want to talk about that much more. There might be some more questions. I’m just not going to address it. It’s a minor incident, we’re done with it and moving on with Kaku 100 percent.”

Kaku will be eligible to play for the Red Bulls in next Saturday night’s home game against Orlando City SC.