Injuries piling up for New York City FC

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill – As if a six-game winless streak wasn’t bad enough, New York City FC continues to suffer through a streak of injuries as well.

A disappointing loss at Chicago was once again compounded by health concerns as head coach Jason Kreis was forced to make two injury substitutions prior to the second half.

“We had a groin injury in the first half with Javier Calle; it’s just a muscular thing where he moved the wrong way, I think.  Exerted himself the wrong way,” Kreis told reporters after the match. “[Adam] Nemec was tackled by a Fire player, he took a cleat to the ankle, and had to come out injured.”

The severity of either injury remains a mystery, but they added to what Kreis labeled as a “really difficult” night at Bridgeview.

Already hobbled by the loss of star striker David Villa [hamstring], starting defender Jason Hernandez [knee], second year player Tony Taylor [MCL/ACL], center back George John [knee], rookie Shay Facey [adductor] and fullback Josh Williams [adductor], the potential absence of Nemec and Calle would thin out an already over-exerted defensive and offensive unit.

Luckily for New York, they have seven more days for recovery as they look towards another nationally broadcast match this Sunday against Western Conference power, Seattle Sounders.

In a best case scenario, Facey, Williams, Villa, Nemec and Calle could see a return to action, with Hernandez being the biggest concern amongst the group.

However, if player health stays status quo, Khiry Shelton and Patrick Mullins would be the only available options for striker this Sunday, with Connor Brandt, Jeb Brovsky, Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Chris Wingert and Andres Mendoza the only viable, natural options to fill in on defense.

One saving grace will be the return of Josh Saunders. After giving up a nervy goal, Ryan Meara recuperated enough to keep NYCFC in contention, making several key saves for the traveling side in Chicago. Saunders, however, has been the team MVP early this season and will likely earn the nod over the Red Bull loanee.

“[It’s] a big, big challenge in front of us now,” Kreis said. “Play Seattle at home, and followed by the Red Bulls away, two of the better teams in the league.  We have a whole host of injuries to deal with so the good news is, we have ten days before our next game.”

 

  • Yankee Stadium Security

    I would say fire the Physio, but i think it’s the Yankees groundskeepers fault. Aw hell who cares.