Torn ACL ends season for D.C. United right Korb

An injury to outside back Chris Korb will force D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen to juggle his lineup for the rest of the season.

The fifth-year pro who has played 96 games since being selected out of the University of Akron by United in the 2011 SuperDraft second round suffered a torn ACL in his right knee during a 3-1 loss Thursday at Yankee Stadium. He was chasing a ball near the endline in the 77th minute when a shoulder charge from New York City FC defender Angelino knocked him off-stride.

“It was just a freak thing, but as soon as it happened, I kind of knew,” he told the Washington Post.

Korb, 27, had started 17 of 18 league games this year and registered two assists without scoring a goal. He played left back, a position he’s filled in the past for United, at the start of the season, then shifted to the right in June when tendinitis sidelined Sean Franklin. He kept the right-back slot when Franklin returned to the lineup in midfield against NYCFC.

Surgery hasn’t been scheduled and normal recovery time for the injury is at least six months. That long a recovery would extend into the start of next season in March, 2016.

“I just want to be healthy again, whenever that comes,” he said. “As long as I am healthy again, I will be happy. A month in, two months in, I’m hoping to be ready to go next year.”

Said Olsen, “It’s just one of those plays where two guys are going pretty hard shoulder-to-shoulder. I thought initially he popped his shoulder out. In looking back, he puts a lot of force on that plant leg and you see a little something that doesn’t seem right.”

Korb’s absence will reinstall Franklin, who played both outside back and midfield for the Galaxy prior to joining United via the Re-Entry Draft after the 2013 season, as first-choice right back. Olsen said other options are centerback Steve Birnbaum, midfielder Nick DeLeon and reserve defenders Luke Mishu and Jalen Robinson.

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