Red Bulls’ Sassano and Nielsen have surgeries

New York Red Bulls midfielders Luke Sassano and Brian Nielsen

have had season-ending surgeries.

The MLS team says Sassano had a right ankle reconstruction

procedure done on Thursday at the Hospital for Special Surgery by

Dr. David Levine. He will be sidelined 4 to 6 months.

Sassano, who played in three games, will be placed on the team’s

season-ending injury list, the team said Friday.

The Sassano roster move cleared space for the Red Bulls to put

Mexican national team captain Rafael Marquez on their roster. The

defender could make his debut on Sunday in Chicago.

Nielsen had cartilage damage in his right knee repaired by Dr.

Riley Williams of the Hospital for Special Surgery. The Dane, who

played in two games, will be sidelined five months.

The Red Bulls also announced late Friday that defender Kevin

Goldthwaite had been waived. Acquired in a trade with Toronto FC in

2007, he appeared in 54 regular season matches, scoring two goals

and two assists. He had not played this season because of an