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June 29, 2015
Marsch fairly confident Sam will be ready for Cosmos

Lloyd Sam should be ready to play in the Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup game against the Cosmos.
Lloyd Sam should be ready to play in the Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup game against the Cosmos.
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By Kristian R. Dyer Contributing Editor

HANOVER, N.J. – Thought to be ready for this past weekend, Red Bulls midfielder Lloyd Sam may be ready for Wednesday's Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup tilt against the Cosmos.

The talented winger again worked a productive Monday session as he heals from a recent groin injury.

Sam did not make the game-day roster for either the midweek win over Real Salt Lake or Sunday's emotional three points at New York City FC, which was a surprise since head coach Jesse Marsch sounded positive about the player being ready for this past weekend.

Injured two weeks ago during the Open Cup win over the Atlanta Silverbacks, Sam rejoined the team in middle of last week and was integrated into the squad on Thursday and Friday.

But he was left off Sunday's roster after a conversation with Sam indicated that he wasn't fully healed, leaving Marsch to pursue caution in what would be a 3-1 win for his team.

“He just didn't feel right. I was expecting to see him in the gameday roster as well,” Marsch said after practice the Red Bulls training facility Monday. “We're fairly confident, especially after watching him today that he'll be ready for Wednesday.”

The decision to not include Sam was made around 1 p.m. Sunday, roughly four hours before first pitch – rather kickoff - at Yankee Stadium.

On Monday Sam worked with the team including small-sided training matches.
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