That gives you an idea of just how many of the Eddies aren’t available to make the trip. Miller had to make the joke — after all, when you want to cry, you just have to laugh, instead.
Striker Michael Cox is likely done for the season. With concussions, both winger Massimo Mirabelli and left back Lance Laing are off the trip. Centre back Mallan Roberts continues to nurse a heel injury. Midfielders Gagan Dosanjh and Shaun Saiko have both suffered flare-ups of long-term injuries.
“We haven’t hot the bottom, but we do have a lot of injuries to deal with,” said Miller. “It’s really disappointing. They (injured players) will need to rest and we will play with what we have. We will still have a very strong starting 11.”
As for the subs, the bench will feature a lot of kids, and Miller said it’s a chance for them to prove themselves. The tactics will change a bit, but Miller said he was going to tweak the formation ahead of the Atlanta match, anyway. He said he has a plan in place for his subs and is excited to see what the kids bring.
Mirabelli and Laing suffered concussions when they ran into each other in last weekend’s loss to Minnesota. Both had their eyes on a ball in the air and ran smack-dab into each other.
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