By Alex Labidou

As it turns out, it looks like Red Bulls coach Hans Backe is dealing with a lot more than what was initially revealed with his stomach. Here is the press release from the team:

SECAUCUS, NJ (April 6, 2010) –

“After consulting with Red Bulls Team Internist, Michael Farber, MD and other medical specialists, Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe decided to undergo a minimally invasive procedure Monday evening to remove his gallbladder after being diagnosed with cholecystitis. The surgery was successful, and Hans is now recovering and in good spirits. The medical team is confident that he will make a full recovery over the coming weeks. He will spend the next few days resting at home. In his absence, the squad will be managed by our experienced coaching staff. The club is confident that the coaching staff will help continue the team’s strong start to the 2010 MLS season.”

Photo from fOTOGLIF

Hopefully Backe makes a speedy recovery so that he can continue to impress in the MLS. Stay tuned to for my upcoming post about the team’s designated player targets.

View From The Laboratory is written by Alex Labidou. Throughout the 2010 MLS season, he will provide insights on the New York Red Bulls as well as inside rumors and hilarious tales of irrelevance. Labidou joined 90:00 Soccer as a contributor in August 2009 and has worked as a journalist for VIBE,, ABC News (20/20) and New York Newsday. He can be reached at

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