Vincent Bezecourt is a candidate to replace Kaku in the Starting XI. (Photo courtesy of MLS)
HANOVER, N.J. — While the Red Bulls are waiting for the other shoe to drop on whether Kaku’s suspension will last more than one game, they have to consider who will replace playmaking midfielder for Saturday’s game at the New England Revolution.
Head coach Chris Armas’ candidates include Vincent Bezecourt, Omir Fernandez and Marc Rzatkowski. They certainly don’t have the skills, vision and attacking ability of the Paraguayan international, but that will have to do, for at least one game.
“We have other weapons,” Armas said. “We have other guys that have proven that they can make plays and fill in with a real understanding of what we expect with and without the ball, so we’ve thought hard about it and we will look over it next couple days.”
Added midfielder Sean Davis: “We have a lot of good guys in the center, a lot of guys that are motivated, that have different qualities and we’re not going to be able to replace Kaku with another Kaku. But we do have several other options in the middle of the field that I think are more than capable of stepping in and having a big game.”
Kaku was given a red card for violently kicking the ball into the stands in the Red Bulls’ 2-2 draw at Sporting Kansas City, a shot so hard that it broke the nose of a fan sitting close to the field.
The midfielder apologized for the incident, but that might not be enough to sway the MLS disciplinary committee from turning his suspension into a multi-game ban.