NYCFC’s Tony Taylor suffers apparent major injury

Tony Taylor

Some of the worst injuries in professional soccer come when there is no contact at all.

And that certainly applies in the case of Tony Taylor.

The former New England Revolution striker may face an extended leave of absence after suffering what looks to be a serious injury to his left knee.

“The initial signs are not good,” New York City FC head coach Jason Kreis said after the match. “It’s knee and possibly ligament tears.”

Taylor, who received the start in place of the injured David Villa, tracked speedy Portland Timber’s midfielder Darlington Nagbe into the NYCFC area. A quick feign to the left by the Timber’s player forced Taylor to switch gears. There, he planted his foot in mid-stride, locking his knee and stretching his leg in an unnatural, inverted position.

The 25-year-old Long Beach native immediately collapsed, clutching his left leg, requiring a cart to take him off the field and out of the match. Former Real Salt Lake midfielder Sebastian Velasquez entered the fray in his place.

The injury is only the latest in a long line of ailments for NYCFC. Villa suffered a hamstring pull just days after recovering from an adductor strain. Jason Hernandez was left off the game day roster altogether with a calf strain. Meanwhile, defenders Josh Williams and Shay Facey were unavailable due to adductor strains of their own.

Taylor will be evaluated this week.

There will be precious little time for recovery. New York City takes off to Chicago for a Friday night battle at Toyota Park.

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