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Preseason already has taken toll
February 15th, 2013 12:38AM

TAGS:  colorado rapids, los angeles galaxy, mls, real salt lake, seattle sounders, sporting kansas city


[MLS INJURY REPORT] Perhaps the No. 1 goal of teams is to make it through preseason unscathed. But already a number of key players have been injured in the first three weeks of MLS preseason training, forcing clubs to scramble as opening day approaches.

The MLS team worst hit by injuries in preseason? Colorado will be without leading scorer Jaime Castrillon for 3-4 months after an upcoming knee surgery -- the injury dates from last season -- and top assist man Martin Rivero, who fractured his right foot and will be sidelined for the start of the season.

Other preseason injuries of note:

-- Real Salt Lake's Javier Morales underwent surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee and he'll be out until March. The Argentine injured himself in a match with the Denmark U-20 national team.

-- Former No. 1 SuperDraft pick Chance Myers injured his first leg in the first half of Sporting Kansas City's first preseason game and has not played since.

-- The Los Angeles Galaxy's highly rated homegrown signing, Gyasi Zardes, is sidelined 6-8 weeks after undergoing foot surgery.  Teammate Kenney Walker also underwent surgery to repair the same injury on his right foot.

-- The most bizarre injury of the preseason:  Seattle's Patrick Ianni needed surgery to repair a foot injury suffered in a jump test and is expected to be out 4-6 weeks.

-- The worst luck: Bright Dike not only missed out on going to the Africa Cup of Nations -- he was a late cut for the eventual champions -- but the Portland forward was injured last week in a game against Seattle and will be out at least six months after undergoing surgery to repair his left knee.

  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: February 15, 2013 at 11:15 a.m.
    I dont think he said he was going to sign "Mexican Only " players. That is Chivas Guadalajaran plociy and not Chivas USA. Chivas Usa said they were going to sign Hispanics, I beleive. Maybe they want to establish a style of play not really seen in the MLS that Hipsanics can bring instantely. It looks like he signing alot of Americans and that should be good example for the rest of the teams in MLS that depend largely on Foreign players. I dont get why so many people get so upset about this but have no problem with hiring German born coaches to run our USMNT and have no problem with him bringing in so many German Born Players to the National Squad. Chivas USA surrounding pool in majority are Hispanic Americans. This only makes sense. That's why they are signing Salvadorians. LA is full of them. Say what you will but he will attract many more fans with this strategy.
  1. Bret Newman
    commented on: February 15, 2013 at 2:31 p.m.
    Yes Luis, but it's funny how all the Hispanics I talk to like the Galaxy, and they never talk about Chivas USA. It doesn't matter if Chivas USA will be all Hispanic, everybody likes a winner, and that is why the Hispanics choose the Galaxy. Plus the fact that the Non-Mexican Hispanics (Salvadorians, Guatemalans, etc.) don't like Chivas Guadalajaran, which they will still associate with Chivas USA. So Chivas USA really needs to win to attract fans, and if they could add a good European player, Asian player, African player, or even better a South American player, they should.

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