Chris Armas: “So in the big picture, I have to have patience.” (FrontRowSoccer.com Photo)

The Red Bulls aren’t about to rush into adding a Designated Player to their roster.

Red Bulls head coach Chris Armas knows reinforcements can be added later in the MLS season.

“It’s a marathon, not a sprint,” he said on a conference call Thursday. “So in the big picture, I have to have patience. Adding quality and difference-makers, I welcome that at any time. But the train is moving, it’s moving fast. Guys are onboard. The longer time goes without players being here, it’s not ideal. If we’re going to add, I want the guy here yesterday to be honest. But I have to understand it’s part of it and that’s okay.”

The team kicks off its preseason schedule against Atlanta United on Friday.

During the offseason, the Red Bulls released two club icons — striker Bradley Wright-Phillips and goalkeeper and team captain Luis Robles.

“I think it’s important that we think to add, but it has to be the right player,” Armas said. “If we’re going to add, it’s going to be to make us better. We have a solid group, a young group. On the inside, we’re working really hard to get the right pace. If we find that in the next few weeks, it’s a plus. That’s what we’re looking to do.”

Friday’s match will be broken into three 30-minute period. Armas said players will play 45 minutes each at this juncture of the preseason.

The Red Bulls begin their 25th MLS season, hosting FC Cincinnati at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. on Sunday, March 1 at 1 p.m.